Richard Ray Walker
Richard Ray Walker
  • March 19, 1934 - July 8, 2017
  • Bedford, Texas

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Richard Ray Walker, born March 19, 1934 to Raymond H. and Margaret Walker in Chase, Kansas, peacefully stepped into the arms of Jesus July 8, 2017 at the age of 83. Richard is survived by his wife of 63 years, Shirley Ann Shaffer Walker. Richard and Shirley had 4 children, 3 of which are still living. He is predeceased by their oldest son, Timothy Brian Walker, and is survived by Jeanne (Tim) Mahoney of Grapevine; Lynette (Peter) Bowen of Plainview; and Patrick (Melanie) Walker of Houston. His grand children and great grandchildren include Sarah (Andrew) Bentley of McKinney; Valerie (Casey) Harris of Grand Prairie; David Walker of Grand Prairie; Kevin Walker of Grand Prairie; Emily (Arthur) Noyce and children Abigail, Luke, and Ian of Fort Worth; Melanie Mahoney of Cape Cod, MA; Andrew Mahoney of Fort Worth; Ryan Bowen of Plainview; Jeremy Bowen of Plainview; Lydia Walker of Houston; and Daniel Walker of Houston. He is also survived by his brother, Larry (Gilda) Walker of Valley View, Kansas. Richard’s greatest joy in life was being a family man and he was thankful for each of these blessings in his life.

Richard was raised and attended school at Chase, Kansas, graduating in 1952. After graduating from high school, he entered the U. S. Air Force where he served until 1956. He married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Ann Shaffer, on May 16, 1954 in Wichita, Kansas. In 1957 Richard and Shirley moved to Texas, where he attended Arlington State University (now UTA) and earned a B.S. in Physics. He worked as an Electrical Engineer for General Dynamics and LTV (Vought) Aircraft, and retired from the Fort Worth Convention Center.

Richard’s faith in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior was an important part of his life. He had a passion for God’s Word, the Bible and wanted others to know and have this faith, too. He was a member of Shady Oaks Baptist Church in Hurst. From his teenage years through adulthood, Richard participated in various church activities including leading singing at several small churches they attended, opening their home to youth and singles/young adult groups when their children were living at home, and directing a Sunday School class for those who don’t like Sunday School. He dearly loved teaching the little children’s Sunday School class, loving on them and helping them know that Jesus loves them, too. He also loved singing hymns and worship songs, especially the happy, peppy tunes.

Special interests and hobbies included fishing, hunting, and camping and his general love of the outdoors. He especially enjoyed family summer vacations in the mountains with cool weather and trout fishing and would begin planning each one months in advance. He enjoyed being a Boy Scout leader and shared his love of outdoors with the boys in his troops. Richard also loved flying airplanes and earned his private pilot license and even owned his own airplane, a Luscombe, at one point.

The viewing and funeral service for Richard will be held this Thursday, July 13, at Foust & Sons Funeral Home in Grapevine, Texas. Public viewing will be at 10:00 a.m. and the funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. with graveside service following.