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J.W. Rowland Walker
(August 25, 1930 - April 15, 2017)
J .W. Rowland Walker, 86, of Manhattan, Kansas, formerly of Winona, passed to his Heavenly Home on Saturday, April 15, 2017. Funeral
services will be Saturday, April 22, 2017, at 2 p.m. in the Oliver Funeral Home Chapel, with visitation beginning at 1 p.m. Rev. John L.
Walker, Rev. T. R. Darsey and Dr. Tim Mims will officiate. Burial will be in Scotland Cemetery, with military honors at graveside.
Mr. Walker was born in Winona on August 25, 1930, to Johnnie W. and Mary Leslie White Walker. He married Mary Felts Branch on July 31,
1949. She preceded him in death on January 17, 2017. Mr. Walker was also preceded in death by a daughter, Wanda Sue Walker, his
parents, and his siblings.
In addition to being an incredible husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Mr. Walker served his country in the Army on active
duty for more than 27 years, retiring in August 1979. Most of his service was as a parachute rigger. He made over 2000 jumps including 700
High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) jumps. Mr. Walker was appointed a Warrant Officer in October 1961. Chief Warrant Officer Four Walker
was inducted in the U. S. Army Parachute Rigger Hall of Fame. He served with the 82nd Airborne Division; U.S. Army Support Company,
Korea; Joint Airborne Division; and the 109th Quartermaster Company.
Mr. Walker is survived by a daughter, Betty Porter (Jim) of Manhattan, Kansas; sixteen grandchildren, Ryan Porter, Kevin Porter (Erine),
Christi Gumbs (James), Brianne Porter, Kaitlyn Porter, Joshua Porter, Matthew Porter, Ashley Porter, Luke Porter, Tatiana Porter, Angie
Porter, Jose Porter, Makenzie Porter, Isaiah Porter, Zachary Porter and Emily Porter; and seven great-grandchildren, all of Manhattan,
Kansas; and two sisters-in-law, Linda McGregor of Carrollton and Dorothy Matthews (Gene) of Greenville.
Pallbearers will be Jim Porter, Ryan Porter, Kevin Porter, Matthew Porter, Joshua Porter, and James Gumbs.
Saturday. April 22 1 pm
Oliver Funeral Home
Saturday, April 22 2 pm
Thanking God for the privilege of spending time with JW over the past 2 years - knowing he is in the presence of
Christ. I will miss him.
Ed & Lila Hammond
I was shocked to hear of Roland's death. I thought so much of him and his wife. We had so many times together. I
know all you relatives will miss him greatly. Sincerely, Ed and Lila Hammond
|August, 25, 1930
April 15, 2017