Monday, November 10, 2003

Robert D. "Bob" Walker, 80, of Rosedale, died at 1:23 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, 2003, in Union Hospital at Terre Haute.

He was a retired boilermaker. He was born Nov. 18, 1922 in Vigo County, Indiana to the late Jack Walker and Charlotee Boltz Walker.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Archer, whom he married on Nov. 26, 1948. Also surviving are two sons, Mark A. Walker and his wife Cynthia, of Terre Haute, and Benjamin D. Walker and companion Cindy Jo Jinliano, of Terre Haute; one brother, William Walker of West Terre Haute; four grandchildren, Benjamin Darrell Walker II, Andrew L. Walker, Erin Renolds, and Amelia R. Walker, and one great-grandson, Cayden L. Walker.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, John George Walker in 1968 and James Edward Walker in 2000.

He was a graduate of Gerstmeyer High School in Terre Haute. He was a member of Rosedale Masonic Lodge # 259. He was an Army Veteran of WWII, serving in the Battle of the Bulge and participating in D-Day. He received the American Theater Ribbon, the EAME Theater Ribbon with five bronze stars, a Good Conduct Ribbon, and a WWII Victory Medal.

He had been employed by Terre Haute Boiler Works, and was a millwright for Preston Paper Products Company. After retirement he worked for Hills Department Store.

Services are 1 p.m. today, in Cottrell-Gooch Funeral Home in Rosedale, with the Rev. Ron Peterson officiating. Burial is in Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetary in North Terre Haute with military graveside honors. Visitation was Sunday and before services today. Friends may sign an online register at