Homer E. Walker

June 02, 1927 ‒ May 14, 2009

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE~ When you think Clear Fork sports, you think Homer Walker. Back in the day, Bellville High School had only three sports and Homer excelled at football, basketball and baseball. A lifelong member of Clear Fork Athletic Boosters, Homer worked the Boosters tent at the Bellville Fair, not because he had to, but because he wanted to.

He was one of the founders who posted bonds to initiate both the Bellville Little League program and the Clear Fork Pony League Football, and was active with the programs as a coach.

He’s been called-up to a higher team, as Homer passed away Thursday afternoon May 14, 2009 from the Hospice House of Hospice of North Central Ohio. He was 81.

He was born June 2, 1927 in Jefferson Township, just outside Bellville on his parents’ Renie Road homestead, to Chester E. and Goldie F. (Moree) Walker.

The summer before his senior year of high school, Homer left to serve with the U.S. Navy Seabees during WWII. A Carpenter Mate, 3rd Class, Homer served in both Iwo Jima and Okinawa. After the war, he returned to Bellville and to high school, not so much to complete his education, as to play sports…he was still eligible! He was graduated from Bellville High School in 1947.

He accepted a position with Westinghouse, and worked as a cost accountant for 42 years.

Some men are defined by their occupations, but not Homer. As much as he loved sports, he loved his family more…and when he could combine the two, Homer’s signature grin spread wide from ear to ear. Homer never missed a game of his grandchildren’s and later his great grandchildren’s. He even learned to enjoy soccer, and though he was Clear Fork Colt at heart, even came to like sports at Lexington…because some of his grandkids played there!

A roller coaster enthusiast, Homer felt the higher, the faster ~ the better. He initiated most of the grandchildren on their first thrilling ride.

A man of few words, Homer allowed his personal honesty to speak for him – even to a fault. He was never afraid to speak his mind, and whatever was on his heart.

Homer was a man who knew the importance of community service. He knew that the Bellville community was worthy of his energy, that’s why, as a member of Bellville Lions Club he was honored with the Melvin Jones Award.

He was proud of his military service and was a life member of Irvin Hiskey American Legion Post #535, William O. Naylor Post #43 AMVETS, and Robert L. Castor Post #5101 V.F.W. He served on the color guard with American Legion Post #535, raising the flag at sporting and community events, and paid respect to many veterans for their military funeral rites.

Homer was a member ~ a pillar ~ of Palmyra Church of Christ, where he formerly served on the building committee, and a 50-year member of Knights of Pythias.

So deep was his passion for home-made ice cream, that Homer made sure every family member had an ice-cream freezer…and it had to be White Mountain brand.

A friend to many, his likeable personality endeared him beyond his family.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years Vera E. (Bell) Walker, whom he married September 18, 1948; sons and daughters-in-law Steve & Arlene Walker of Bellville, Chester Walker of Bellville, Perry & Meredith Walker of Lexington and Garry & Patricia Walker of Douglasville, PA; grandchildren Shelley & Robert Spies of Euclid, Shane & Kristy Walker of Cincinnati, Lincoln & Kerri Walker of Bellville, Goldie & Pete Moritz of Lucas, Layne & Jason Chrastina of Perrysville, Alexandra Walker of Lexington, Lauren Walker of Lexington, Craig & Molly Walker of Orlando, FL, and Kelley Walker of Baltimore, MD; great grandchildren Carter, Hayden, Avery, Montana, Jaxen, Brooklyn, Patience, Jackson and Hannah; brothers and sisters-in-law Donald & Alice Walker of Ontario, Wilbur Walker of Escondido, CA, Dwight Walker of Mansfield, Virgil Walker of Huron and Lloyd & Patricia Walker of Mansfield; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Ray & Phyllis Bell of Bellville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister Janice M. Walker.

The Walker Family will receive friends Sunday, May 17, 2009 from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home, where the funeral service will be held Monday at 2 p.m. Evangelist Troy Northrop will officiate. Burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery, where his color guard from American Legion Post #535 will hold graveside military honors.

Memorial contributions to Palmyra Church of Christ or Hospice of North Central Ohio may be made at the funeral home.