Paul A. Walker Sr., 94, of Monroe City, Missouri, passed away Monday, July 29, 2013, at the Monroe City Manor, Monroe City, Missouri.
Paul was born on July 4, 1919, the son of James Frank Walker and Johanna Loretta Lillis Walker Hays. His father, Frank Walker, died when Paul was six months of age. His mother, Johanna Lillis then married C.E. Hays of the Indian Creek Township when Paul was age five.
Mr. Paul Walker graduated from St. Stephen's High School in Indian Creek in 1937. At the age of twenty-one he traveled to San Diego, CA and worked for Consolidated Aircraft, building B-24 Bombers. In 1942 he invited Virginia Catherine Keller to visit him in California and they were married in San Diego on September 13, 1942. Paul served in the United States Army during World War II. He served under General George Patton's division that invaded Luxembourg, continuing through Germany to Czechoslovakia. He was proud of having walked across Germany as part of the effort to end WWII. In the year 1947 Paul and Virginia returned to Monroe City where Paul worked at Browning's Furniture Store. He later became the owner of the store changing the name to Walker's Furniture Store.
He was a member of the Monroe City Lions club for over fifty years and was also a member of the Chamber of Commerce and the Business Men's Association. He was a parishioner of Holy Rosary Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus. Upon retiring from the furniture business he worked at Mosswood Golf Course for thirteen years. He was a man of great hospitality and service who always looked for ways of offering assistance to his wife, children, grandchildren, co-workers, and friends. Paul is survived by his wife of seventy years, Jennie, who resides at the Monroe City Manor Care Center.
Other survivors include five sons: Paul Anthony Jr. and his wife Beverly of Monroe City; Jim and his wife Cheryl of Springfield, MO; Joe and his wife Darla of Clear Water, Utah; Frank and his wife Connie of Monroe City; and Ben and his wife Donna of Monroe City. Five daughters: Sr. Sue Walker of Monroe City; Dorothy Turner and her husband Glenn of Paris, MO; Ada Bichsel and her husband Kevin of Monroe City, MO; Nina Walker and her husband Jim Cook of Boise, Idaho; and Amy Sullivan and her husband Dan of Boise, Idaho. Also, twenty-six grandchildren; twenty-two great grandchildren; a sister, Marcella Kendrick of Shelbina; a brother Tom Hays of Silvis, IL; and a sister-in-law, Lucille Hays of Lakenan, MO.
He was preceded in death by one infant son, Matthew; one infant grandson, Bryce; three sisters: Ethel Mae Hays Campbell, Emma Jo Hays Keller, and Julia Hays McCurran; three brothers: Harold Hays, Frank Hays, and Gerald (Pete) Hays. Mass of Christian burial will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, August 3, 2013, at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Monroe City, Missouri. Burial will be from the Holy Rosary Cemetery, Monroe City, Father Mike Penn will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Friday evening with the Daughters of Isabella reciting the rosary at 4:45 p.m. and the Parish scripture service beginning at 8 p.m. at the Garner Funeral Home, Monroe City, Missouri. Active pallbearers will be Paul Walker III, Brandon Bichsell, Doug Walker, Brad Walker, Frank Turner, Joe Walker Jr. and Kaleb Walker. Honorary pallbearers will be the rest of Mr. Walker's grandchildren. Memorials have been suggested to the Holy Rosary Building Fund for the new Holy Rosary School or the Monroe City Lions Club summer ball program. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Garner Funeral Home and Chapel, Monroe City, Missouri. Online condolences can be made at garnerfuneralchapel.com.