Durwood Walker

February 4, 1935 - September 1, 2020

 

A funeral service for Durwood Walker, 85 of Algona, was held Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, at First Presbyterian Church, Algona. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery with military honors conducted. Memorials may be directed to Durwood’s family and will be distributed to Hope Lodge in Rochester, Minn., and to Hospice of the Heartland in Algona, in his memory.

Durwood Dale Walker was born Feb. 4, 1935, in Algona, son of Archie and Violet (Rich) Walker. He attended country school in Lotts Creek Township and attended Algona Public High School. Durwood served his country in the United States Army, serving two years active duty and then two years in the Army Reserve.

Durwood married Donna Mae Hansen on Nov. 25, 1956, at the Irvington Presbyterian Church. He was always known for his hard work ethic. He worked for Pioneer Seed Corn and Conagra Fertilizer Company until his retirement and at the same time farming: raising hogs and cattle and row cropping. Durwood loved being with his family, especially with his granddaughters. He enjoyed socializing with friends and family, fishing, and making ornaments as gifts. He also enjoyed woodworking and was a member of CHIPS off the Old Block. In earlier years, he was involved with 4-H as a leader, and he has been a member of Irvington Presbyterian Church since 1953, serving as a trustee and an elder. 

In April of 2018, he became a resident of Windsor Manor Assisted Living in Algona. He died there Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, looking outside his window to his “Field of Dreams,” the Iowa cornfields!

He is survived by his wife Donna Mae Walker of Algona; two sons, Kevin Walker and his wife Cindy of Algona, and Kirt Walker and his wife Cindy of Columbus, Ohio; three granddaughters, Maria (Mark) Steier of Whittemore, Rahne (Casey) Onstot of Norwalk, and Bailey (fiancé Greg Allan) Walker of Gilbert, Ariz.; and six great-grandchildren, Charleigh, Kacy, Shaylin and Alice Steier, and Jaycey and Kensley Onstot. He is also survived by sisters-in-law, Bernice Walker of Algona, Minnie Walker of Algona, Marvel Culbertson of Lone Rock, and Viola Hansen of Algona; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Robert, Raymond, Vern and Merlin Walker; and sisters Loretta Broesder, Irene Holdren, Grace Bjustrom, and Charlotte Walker; and two siblings in infancy.

Oakcrest Funeral Services of Algona in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made to www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com.

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