David C. Walker of Caro, formerly of Vassar, age 79, passed away on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. David was born September 1, 1940, in Boone County, West Virginia, the son of the late Ben and Lura (Ferrell) Walker. He proudly served his country with the U.S. Army during the Korea/Vietnam eras. Upon his return, he was united in marriage with the former Barbara Bishop on October 24, 1964, in Flint. David was a traveling salesman working for Allied Accessories and American Standard. He was a past member of the Vassar Lions Club and a current volunteer of the Caro Lions Club. David adored his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and loved golf. In his younger years, he enjoyed fishing, hunting and working on cars.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 55 years, Barbara Walker of Caro; two daughters, Kerri Walker and Tony Szcygiel of Caro, Traci and Todd Nelson of Vassar; 12 grandchildren: Benjamin Tenney, Philip and Melissa Szcygiel, David and Nicole Tenney, Kristin Walker and Scott Glenn, Nicolette and Jason Scheffler, Zachary Nelson, Zachary David, Emilee Nelson, Annalise Nelson, Matthew Peplinski, Anthony Walker; nine great-grandchildren, Kario, David, Colton, Nathaniel, Claire, Charlotte, Layla, Maddison, Hunter; brother, Thomas and Lynn Walker; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Deputy Ben Ray Walker.
Funeral services were held at noon on Monday, January 27, 2020, at the Ransford Collon Funeral Home in Caro with Rev. Michele Hile officiating. Military honors followed under the auspices of the U.S. Army and the Caro American Legion Post #7. In keeping with David’s wishes, cremation followed the service. The family was present to receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. and Monday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at noon. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorial contributions to Prader/Willi Syndrome Association USA (https://pwsausa.org) or the Caro Lions Club. The family was assisted with these arrangements by the Ransford Collon Funeral Home of Caro. Friends may share memories, thoughts and prayers online at www.RansfordCollon.com.