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Keith K. Walker

May 22, 2020
Emmetsburg News

Keith K. Walker

March 27, 1926 -

May 14, 2020

Graveside service for Keith Walker was held Monday, May 18, at Garfield Cemetery in Webb. The Rev. Curtis DeFord, Grace Baptist Church, Emmetsburg, officiated. Inurnment was in Garfield Cemetery. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Keith Kail Walker, son of J. Harley and Alice (Woodford) Walker, was born March 27, 1926 on the family farm, near Webb. He received his education at Garfield School, Webb Community School and Cornell Community School. Keith then began farming with his father near Webb, and later moved to the Ruthven area.

Keith was married to Verda Lindberg in August 1946 and they were blessed with three sons. They made their home near Ruthven where Keith farmed for many years. After Verda's death, Keith was married to Barbara Marple in 1998 and they continued to make their home near Ruthven.

He was a faithful member of the Baptist Church in Spencer where he served as a deacon. For the last 17 years, Keith has been a member of Grace Baptist Church in Emmetsburg.

Keith loved hunting and collecting arrowheads that he had found in the area.

Keith passed away Thursday, May 14, 2020 at the Ruthven Community Care Center at the age of 94. He had resided there for three months. Keith was preceded in death by his parents, J. Harley and Alice Walker; his first wife, Verda; a sister, Marjorie Hamill; and a step daughter, Katherine Marple Ortiz.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara of Ruthven; his sons, John Walker and his wife, Phyllis of Harvey, Paul Walker and his wife, Rebecca of Grand Junction, CO and Bill Walker and his wife, Missi of Rogers, AR; seven grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; step children, Keith Marple and his wife, Teresa of Poteet, TX, and Kenneth Marple and his wife, Laurie of Fischer, TX; four step grandchildren; as well as many other relatives and friends.

The family of Keith Walker would like to thank all of the staff at the Ruthven Community Care Center for the loving care that Keith received during his stay there. A special thank you to care givers, Tammi Widener and Jody Aldous for their willingness to help Keith stay in his home for as long as possible.

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