The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Obituaries

June 15, 2014

Dayle Walker

Published 6-15-14

ENID, OK — Celebration of Life service for Dayle E Walker, age 86, of Enid, will be 10 a.m. today, June 16, 2014, at Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home Chapel. Mr. Bill King will officiate. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements are under direction of Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home.

Dayle was born August 30, 1927, on a farm between Mayfield and Sweetwater, OK, and died peacefully June 12, 2014, surrounded by his children.

Dayle joined the Merchant Marines while still in high school to serve in WWII. He was stationed on the Marine hospital ship Louis A. Milne. They were in Cherbourg and Normandy before coming back to the States, arriving in New York on “V-J Day” in 1945. Dayle celebrated the end of the war in Times Square.  

Upon his return home, he met and instantly fell in love with Hazel Conner, and they married on February 25, 1946. They made their home in Frederick, OK, where he finished high school. He played on the football team and helped take the Bombers to the state championship. After graduating, he and Hazel lived briefly in Vernon, Texas, before moving to Enid in 1948 so Dayle could join his father in his automobile business.

He owned and operated Walker Upholstery Shop and Mobile Home Center before going to work for Champlin Refinery. He later worked for Investors Resources Corporation until his retirement.

Dayle always was adventurous, even obtaining his pilot’s license before he got his driver’s license.  

He and Hazel spent many summers at the lake enjoying skiing and fishing with their three sons and daughter. This was when Dayle passed on his love for fishing to his family. Dayle also was an avid hunter. He looked forward to the fall each year when hunting season would begin and his weekends would be spent at the “family ranch.”

He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Hazel; one sister; and two grandchildren.

He is survived by one sister, Philippia Blackburn of Royal Palm Beach, FL; sons, Russell Walker (Julia) of Cape Coral, FL, Carroll Walker (Vickie) of Enid, Ron Walker (Ginger) of Edmond; daughter Gina Walker (Rachel Palmer) of Norman; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Dayle leaves behind a lifetime of memories he shared with family and friends. He especially enjoyed mornings spent with his coffee buddies and afternoon card games. He was loved and adored by all and will be missed greatly.

Condolences may be made at www.ladusauevans.com.

(Submitted by family)

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