Robert Roy Walker, age 89, of Midland, Michigan, passed away at his home on Sunday, January 20, 2019. He was born on July 9, 1929, in Orleans, Michigan, son of the late Henry Franklin and Mabel Irene (Short) Walker. He was a 1947 graduate of Midland High School. On October 24, 1959, Robert married Shirley Helen Dennis at the Free Methodist Church in Bay City, Michigan.
Robert worked at the Dow Chemical Company for 42 years as a lab technician and served in the Army National Guard from 1948-1950. He served many years at the Midland Nazarene Church and also loved religious music by worshiping through singing solos, duets, choir and playing the trumpet. Robert loved spending time with his sons’ families and faithfully attended his grandchildren’s school and sporting events. He was well known for his deep Christian faith, Bible and theology knowledge, transparency, honesty and humor. Robert will be forever remembered as a loving and deeply devoted husband, father, brother, uncle and beloved friend. Bob will also be fondly remembered by his family for his extraordinary love of ice cream.
Robert is survived by his son Mark (Kimberly) Walker; daughter-in-law Leslie (Paul) Walker; grandchildren Sarah Walker, Stephen Walker and Nick Walker; brother Harold “Bud” (Laura) Walker; brothers-in-law Kenneth (Mary) McQuiston and Vernon (Sharon) Dennis; many nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to his parents, Robert was predeceased by his wife Shirley; his son Paul Walker; sisters Dorothy Walker and Esther Leaman; sisters-in-law Elaine McDonald, Laura (Harold) Walker and Mary (Kenneth) McQuiston; and in-laws William and Mildred (Euler) Dennis.
Robert’s family will greet friends at Smith-Miner Funeral Home, 2700 West Wackerly Street, Midland, Michigan, from 5-7 pm on Thursday, January 24 2019. Funeral services will be held at 11 am on Friday, January 25, 2019, at Midland Nazarene Church, 5700 Jefferson Avenue, with visitation beginning at 10 am. The Reverend Charles Jacobson will be officiating.
Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Midland Nazarene Church and Council on Aging “Meals on Wheels.”