Glenn R. Walker, 63, of Parsons died at 2:35 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, at his home. He had been in failing health.
He was born on Sept. 29, 1948, at Parsons to Robert and Yvonne (Wheelen) Walker. He grew up on the family farm near Oswego and attended Oak Grove country schools and Labette County High School, from which he graduated in 1966. He attended Pittsburg State University's automotive technology program.
He worked at Travel Industries and International before being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1968. He was trained as a combat engineer and served in Germany. While in the Army, he served on the Army Pistol Team and shot competitively, winning several competitions. He was discharged in 1970 and returned home.
He worked at Goodyear for a couple of years before going to work at the Katy Railroad, where he was a brakeman and a conductor. He retired in 2009.
He married Phyllis Eaton on Aug. 5, 1967, at First Baptist Church in Oswego. She survives of the home.
He was an avid firearm enthusiast. He enjoyed gunsmithing, collecting and shooting in competitions. He also won and placed in several of the competitions. He was a member of the National Rifle Association, the United Transportation Union and the Long Range .22 Gun Club in Lamar, Mo. He also enjoyed motorcycles and classic cars. He restored cars and participated in the Flatlanders Club. In his young adult years, he enjoyed hunting with family and friends. He loved his family very much and cherished the time he spent with them, especially his granddaughters.
Other survivors include his daughter, Courtney Hecht and her husband, Dustin, of Parkville, Mo.; two granddaughters, Gracie and Faith Hecht of Parkville, Mo.; his brother, Kelly Walker of Oswego; his brothers and sisters-in-law; Joyce Carson and her husband, Chris, of rural Parsons, Mary Ellen Vance and her husband, Don, of rural Parsons, Don Eaton and his wife, Gloria, of rural Altamont, and Jim Eaton and his wife, Barbara, of Ottawa; numerous nieces and nephews; and numerous great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Following cremation, there will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Inurnment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery at a later date. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, 112 N. 26th St., P.O. Box 942, Parsons, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.