Jay K. Walker
December 09, 1917 ‒ October 03, 2009
BELLVILLE ~ No one understood, believed and personified The Apostle Peter’s First Epistle to the churches of Asia Minor quite like Jay Walker. “…in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.”
Gentleness, respect and a heart set towards Christ aptly describe the former Bellville resident, now in full fellowship with The Father. Mr. Walker passed away Saturday morning October 3, 2009 in Worthington Christian Village, in Worthington. He was 91.
Born December 9, 1917 in Blooming Grove to Alva D. and Daisey (Balliett) Walker, Jay was graduated from Ontario High School in 1937.
Trained as a medic, he served with the U.S. Army during WWII.
His service to Westinghouse, working in the vitreous department, spanned four decades. He retired in 1977.
Jay’s Christian faith guided not only his tongue, but more importantly, his actions. As a member of New Life Church of Christ, he had served the congregation as usher, Sunday school superintendent, song leader, deacon and elder. He was also a member of Jefferson Township-Bellville Historical Society.
An avid fan of the Cleveland Indians, Jay had a special interest in fine antiques, and collecting vintage stamps and postcards of historical Richland County significance.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years Eleanor E. (Lofquist) Walker; their son and daughter-in-law Randal & Diane Walker of Worthington; daughters and sons-in-law Janet & Howard Foster of Kanduskeag, ME, and Joan & Allan Powell of Hagerstown, MD; seven grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his daughter Judy Forbes; a grandson Michael Forbes; and a brother Lester Walker.
The Walker family will receive friends Wednesday, October 7, 2009 from Noon to 1 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home, where his funeral service will immediately follow at 1 p.m. Pastor Dan Noe will officiate. Burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery, where American Legion Post #535 will hold graveside military honors.
Memorial contributions to Worthington Christian Village, 165 Highbanks Blvd., Columbus, Ohio 43235, or Jefferson Township-Bellville Historical Society may be made at the funeral home.
Condolences to the Walker family may be made online by visiting: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com