James “Jim” Allen Walker, 74, Chamois, passed away Sunday, May 15, 2022, at General Baptist Nursing Home in Linn surrounded by his family and friends.
He was born Oct. 7, 1947, to the late Ralph Vernon and Maude Marie Walker in Thompson.
He was the youngest of nine children and was raised by his dad’s sister, Margaret (Walker) Parrott and husband Robert in Chicago, Ill. along with their three children.
Jim attended Lane Technical High School in Chicago, Ill. and served his country in the U. S. Army as a Drill Sergeant and was a veteran of the Vietnam War.
He was united in marriage to Sharon Faye Banks April 18, 1970, and she preceded him in death May 7, 2005. He then moved to Chamois, where he met and married Margaret Ann Linnenbrink June 21, 2008.
After his time in the service, Jim was employed with A.P. Green Refractories in Mexico for 30 years. He also served the underprivileged community as a commercial fisherman where he would often accept barter for payment. Jim also raised purple ribbon bred hunting dogs and his hobbies included bowling, fishing and hunting.
Jim built a log cabin home and later added a traditional home to his residence in Chamois, where he raised cattle, chickens, and enjoyed fishing and hunting on his own property. He was a member of the Southern Baptist Church and was a pillar of his community.
Jim was preceded in death by parents, Ralph and Maude; and first wife, Sharon Banks.
He is survived by spouse of 13 years, Margaret; daughters, Christina Lynn Crump and husband Don and Tina Marie Walker and friend Fred Fansin, Jr., all of St. Charles; grandchildren, Hannah and Haley Stretch of Fayetteville, Ark.; sister, Rose Marie Vlastos of the State of Washington; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, May 20, at Morton Chapel in Linn. An additional visitation will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 21, followed by the funeral service at 10:30 a.m. at Morton Chapel in Linn with Rev. Dennis Vickers officiating. Interment with Full Military Honors will be in the St. Louis of France Cemetery in Bonnots Mill.
Memorial contributions suggested to the American Diabetes Foundation, the American Liver Foundation, Missouri Department of Conservation or the Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation.
Arrangements entrusted to Morton Chapel in Linn.