Sgt. Gary Richard Walker, USAF (Retired), a man of unwavering determination and a heart full of compassion, passed away on August 30, 2023, at the age of 80. He was born on February 28, 1943, in Jefferson City, MO, where he began a life that would touch the lives of countless individuals.
Gary faced life’s challenges with an indomitable spirit, never allowing anything to hinder his pursuit of happiness. Sadly, cancer took him from us, but it could never extinguish the radiant light of his soul. Throughout his life, Gary found solace in his beloved hobbies, which included fishing, NASCAR, hiking, and traveling. These activities not only brought him joy but also provided an opportunity to connect with others who shared his passions.
A man driven by a deep desire to help others, Gary’s true happiness came from spending time at his cabin in Fancy Gap, VA, where he welcomed friends and family with open arms. Whether it was talking about life’s triumphs and tribulations or simply enjoying a cold one together, Gary cherished every moment spent with those he held dear. His magnetic personality and genuine warmth made him a cherished friend to many.
Gary’s resilience and dedication were evident throughout his 22-year service in the United States Air Force. He served his country with honor and pride, a fact that he always carried with him as a badge of distinction. After retiring from the Air Force, Gary continued his journey and became a valued member of the Corning family.
In the wake of his passing, Gary leaves behind a loving wife, Ruth Walker. He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer Bias, and son, Benjamen Bias, as well as his granddaughters, Lana Cable and Camberli Bias, and grandsons, Logan Cable and Benjamen Bias, Jr. His sister, Kathryn (Richard) Huelster of Indianapolis, IN, and brother, Ramon Walker of Denver, CO, also mourn his loss. Gary’s memory will forever be cherished by several nieces, nephews, and a circle of special friends, including Jim, Ron, Chuck, Alvin, and Lisa. He shared a unique bond with his nephew, Kenny Walker, who held a special place in his heart.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Thelma Walker; his first wife, Peggy Farrell Walker; his second wife, Shelba Deese Walker; and daughter, Amelia Bias.
In honoring Gary’s wishes, no services will be held. Instead, let us remember him for the laughter he brought, the love he shared, and the inspiration he provided to all who knew him. As we bid farewell to a remarkable man, let us carry his spirit within us and strive to live life with the same unwavering determination and compassion that defined his journey.
Rest in peace, dear Gary. Your legacy will forever light our path.
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