Thomas William Walker, age 81, of St. Johns, MI, passed away peacefully with his niece and nephew at his side on Thursday, February 4, 2021, at Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, MI.
Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes - Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI, on Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 1:00 P.M., with Pastor Mona Kindel officiating. The service will be streamed live on the Smith Family Funeral Homes' Facebook page. Visitation will be from 11:00 A.M. until the time of service.
Tom was born in Detroit, MI on September 19, 1939, the son of Eldred O. and Romilda Josephine (Schafer) Walker. He attended the St. Johns Military Academy in Delafield, WI. Tom proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and was a member of the American Legion Post #153 in St. Johns, MI.
On November 11, 1961, Tom married Janet Marie Wilkie at the Church of the Nazarene, St. Johns, MI. She preceded him in death on July 29, 2020 after 58 years of marriage.
Tom was an avid outdoorsman and collector of all things, but especially John Deere tractors and memorabilia. As a young man he worked at the family restaurant, Walker's Cafe. After his military service, he was employed by General Motors, retiring in 2001 after over 40 years of service. He was a kind hearted, generous man who was always smiling. Tom never knew a stranger and had a gift of gab which he loved to share, especially with his friends at Swany's Pub & Grub.
Tom is survived by his sister Pru Walker Cooley (Dick) of Ft. Myers Beach, FL, and sister-in-law Kay Wilkie. He is also survived by nieces: Ann Martin Blier, Lynne (Rick) Priester, Brenda (Doug) Fedewa, and Jenifer (Dan) Smith; nephews: Bill (Vicki) Martin and Brandon (Samantha) Schrock; several great nieces and nephews, one cousin Janet Mann, and special friends: Dana Swanson and Tom Klein. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, wife Janet, sister Joyce Ann Walker; brother-in-law Glen Wilkie, and nephews: Scott Wilkie and Paul Wilkie.
Memorials may be made to St. Johns American Legion Post #153 - P.O. Box 265 St. Johns, MI 48879. Online condolences may be made at www.smithfamilyfuneralhomes.com. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes - Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.
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St. Johns American Legion Post #153
P.O. Box 253, St. Johns MI 48879