Donald "Don" Wayne Walker

Thursday, May 16th, 1940 - Saturday, April 20th, 2019
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Donald “Don” Wayne Walker passed away on Saturday, April 20, 2019, at OHSU in Portland, Ore., due to injuries sustained after a fall.

He was born on May 16, 1940, in Camas, Wash., to Kenneth and Lois (Herron) Walker. His father worked construction, so Don attended many different schools as a child. Kenneth and Lois later divorced. Don came to Hood River, Ore., in the seventh grade, after his mother had married Joe Allers.

Don met the love of his life, Joni Kelly, while at Wy’east High School. Throughout high school, he worked for Safeway. After graduating in 1958, Don went to Washington, D.C., to work for the FBI as a fingerprint technician.

He moved back to Hood River in 1959 and married Joni on Sept. 4, 1960, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hood River.

In 1962, Don began working at Hood River Electric Co-op as a lineman. He worked his way up and retired as manager in 1997, after 35 years.

The couple had four children: Scott, Debbie, Chris and Eric. Don was active throughout the children’s youth in Boy Scouts, Little League and supporting them in 4-H. Don was an active member of St. Mary’s and was a charter member of the Mid-Columbia Knights of Columbus. He was very involved in church functions and duties. He was also a member of the Hood River Elks Lodge.

Don had many talents and helped build five houses for himself and his family. He always had a project going in his woodshop. He was the sort of person who didn’t like to sit — if something needed to be done, he was ready to go. He was generous with his time and was always willing to help a neighbor. Don was a compassionate person and a hard worker.

He was active in the community, volunteering where he could. Don was very giving to others and incredibly humble. He was his grandchildren’s biggest fan and logged many miles traveling to various ball games. He loved to be outdoors. He had a great sense of humor and was always the first to laugh at himself.

Don and Joni enjoyed traveling and experiencing other cultures around the world. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, hiking and golf. Some of his most enjoyable times were spent at elk camp, and one of the highlights was a moose hunt with his three boys in Canada.

His greatest joy was his family, and his children were his best friends. He enjoyed family gatherings and holidays. He loved sports, The History Channel and napping in his chair. He was the first to cut into dessert and had a great fondness for pie.

He was one in a million, and he will be greatly missed.

Don is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joni; his children, Scott Walker (wife Liz), Debbie Ketchum (husband Greg), Chris Walker (wife Elaine) and Eric Walker (wife Trisha); his grandchildren, Jessica Rauschenberg (husband Andy, and children Reid, Graham and newborn Bryce), Sam Walker, Weston Walker (wife Randi), Rachel Daniels (husband Jeremy), Kelly Ketchum (fiance Larissa), Keshia Harris (husband Brian, and children Kayden and Logan), Cody Walker, Kameron Walker, Abby Walker and Johanna Walker; sisters, Eleen Johnson (husband Clif), Geraldine Hutson (husband Gary) and Chris Weseman; uncle, Glen Herron; several cousins, nieces and nephews, and many dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and stepfather.

The family wishes to thank the Wy’East Rural Fire Department for their assistance with Don’s fall.

A rosary will be prayed at Anderson’s Tribute Center at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 26, with a viewing and time to meet with family following from 5:30-7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, April 27 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church (1501 Belmont Ave.).

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to FISH Food Bank or Wy’East Rural Fire Department, care of Anderson’s Tribute Center, or to your favorite charity.

Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations) 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, April 26th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:30pm
    Friday, April 26th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:30pm
    Anderson's Tribute Center
    1401 Belmont Ave.
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    A rosary will be prayed at Anderson’s Tribute Center at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 26, with a viewing and time to meet with family following from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Service

    Saturday, April 27th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Saturday, April 27th, 2019 10:00am
    St. Mary's Catholic Church
    1501 Belmont Avenue
    HOOD RIVER, OR 97031
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  • Interment

    Pine Grove Butte Cemetery
    2687 Van Horn Drive
    HOOD RIVER, OR 97031
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  • Reception

    St. Mary's Catholic Church
    1501 Belmont Avenue
    HOOD RIVER, OR 97031
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Posted at 02:31pm
Dear Joni and family,
We were greatly saddened to hear about Don. I know you will miss him terribly, as will so many others in the community. We're the part-time neighbors across the highway from you and whenever we needed to make sure someone knew where our house was, we'd just say, "We're across from the Walkers" and people would know right away! Don was always so generous and thoughtful, plowing our driveway during snowstorms and helped us with so many other issues. He was a good man.

We wish you all strength and courage in this next difficult journey. Our thoughts are with you and all who mourn your loss.

Karen Oehler and Dave Kaplan
(Across the highway)

Dave and Shannon Kammerman

Posted at 11:24am
To the Walker Family, May a life full of loving memories comfort you at this time.
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Dennis & Anita Becker

Posted at 06:45pm
Dennis and Anita Becker

Don was a gentle, considerate, caring person who treated everyone as equal. He was a faithful, family man, a "Man for All Seasons."
We will always miss his smiling face. Our sincere condolence to Joni and family on the loss of a husband, father and grandfather.

Bud & Joan McCoy

Posted at 10:31pm
We are thinking of you during this difficult time.
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Bernie & Carol Wells

Posted at 10:30pm
We have so many wonderful memories with Don and Joni, all the places we traveled, becoming certified divers together and going on to dive in places like Little Cayman, Aruba and Cozumel, having the flu in Spain, food poisoning in Costa Rica (except for Don), picnics on the grounds of castles and under the Eiffel Tower in Paris and so many more!
Don was almost always the first one to arrive at our annual Super Bowl Party to help us set up the games and he and Joni were also the last to leave helping us pick up and having some time to relax and visit. Don was always willing to help us when we had a project involving something electrical and probably saved us from doing something stupid.
We have had so many good times, laughing and sharing so much. We will miss our dear friend deeply.

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