Richard A. “Dick” Walker

September 24, 1944 ‒ January 30, 2019

Delaware, Ohio

Richard A. “Dick” Walker, 74 of Delaware passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, January 30th, 2019.

He was born September 24, 1944 in Oak Hill, Ohio to the late Arthur & Dorothy (Angles) Walker. Dick graduated from Central High School in Columbus and then went on to serve as an aircraft mechanic in the United State Air Force during Vietnam.  Returning home, Dick found his calling with the Columbus Police Department, retiring as a Sergeant in June 2008 after 41 ½ years of service. Dick was also a proud member of the Fraternal Order of Police, as well as the Loyal Order of the Moose and the American Legion in Delaware.  However, Dick was particularly partial to his Executive membership with Costco.

Dick met and married fellow police officer Brenda (Reeves).  They were married for nearly 30 years.  He is also survived by 4 brothers and 2 sisters, his children Tamara (James) Wilkins, Richard “Jet” (Edna) Walker, Bradley (Kim) Walker, Lori Lacy, Christina (Timothy) Orr, Gregory (Lara) LaFontaine, David (Erin) Hatcher, and Memorie (Shawn) Walker as well as numerous grandchildren and great- grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Dick was the leader of the pack to his beloved K-9 companions.  He was preceded in death by Sylvester, Shad, Woody, Skip and Wilson.  He is survived by GiGi and Bella.

Dick was a collector, especially of Craftsmen tools, dogs, and a good joke or pun.  He also enjoyed spending time with family and friends on beach vacations & cruises, and served as “grill supervisor” during family pool parties.  He was mechanically inclined and could frequently be found “tinkering” in his garage while listening to Elvis Presley music and fixing things.  Dick was one of a kind, and always up for a good laugh.

Pastor Jeff Slider will officiate a celebration of Dick’s life on Monday, February 11, 2019 at Snyder Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive, Delaware, Ohio 43015.  Family and friends will be received from 2-4pm with the memorial service beginning at 4pm.  Military honors will be provided by the Delaware County Veterans Association and FOP service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Delaware County Humane Society, 4920 OH-37, Delaware, Ohio 43015 or Pilot Dogs, 625 West Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.

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The Snyder Rodman Funeral Center in Delaware is honored to serve this Veteran and his family.

  • Such a wonderful man, such a great loss. My heart goes out to you, Brenda Kay, and all his children and family. I followed Dick’s lead and bought myself a “retirement dog” (or two) when I left the department too. Truely a man who loved his pups. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.

  • Brenda and family
    I’m so sorry to hear of Dicks passing. Having known Dick since our days at Central High School, then entering the police academy together,I feel I knew Dick very well. I always had a real fondness for Dick and considered him a true friend.

  • Brenda, Chester and I was sadden when we heard about the loss of you husband, Dick Walker. You have our deepest condolences. You and your family will forever be in our prayers. If there is anything we can do for you, please don’t hesitate to call!
    Chet & Malvena Street

  • I’m so sorry to hear of Dicks passing. I have nothing but fond memories of working with him on the west side. Prayers for his family

  • Worked around Dick for many years, and took over S-2-C when he left late shift. Used to see him at the grocery store here in Delaware. This shook me to the core and I offer prayers to Brenda and the family. Another member of the “Old Guard” at CPD that gave the department the excellent reputation it had back then. R.I.P. Dick.

  • So sorry for your loss Brenda Kay and family. Dick was an excellent Officer/Sgt. And he was one of the best. You and your family will be in my prayers.

  • So sorry to learn about Dick’s passing.He was my Sgt on 10 pct.He was quite the character! God bless his family and friends! RIP Dick!

  • Brenda and Family,

    I offer my sincere sympathy for your loss. Godspeed Sgt.Walker.

    Jennifer Erpenbeck Scarfo
    (CPD Retiredl)

  • So sorry to hear about Dick’s passing. My prayers and condolences to Brenda and the rest of the family. I always had a good time talking to Dick when we worked on the west side and in the Detective Bureau.

  • Such a beautiful and true-to-Dick tribute. I’m so very sorry for your loss, Brenda. We have nothing but fond memories of Dick. He was a special man and will be greatly missed.

  • Brenda and Family
    Please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of a good man. Dick was very well liked on the Columbus Police Department. And was respected by all. We are sorry for your loss Brenda. God be with you and your family. You are in our thoughts and will be n our prayers. God bless all of you.

  • Brenda and Walker family

    Sincere and heartfelt condolences to all. Dick was my Sergeant when I worked C Company Robbery. A great guy to be around. Dick would come and hang around the squad room and talk with everyone or we would be in his office to just talk. Dick had a great sense of humor and always was talking about his dogs. Dick was a special man and will be missed. God speed and God bless.

  • So sorry to hear of Dicks passing. I remember him well and akways enjoyed talking with him. Thoughts and prayers to Brenda and the family.

  • Brenda and Family,
    I’m sorry to hear about Dick’s passing. Dick and Jim Summers were my first partners after I graduated from the academy. We spent many a night working 108 on the hilltop. He was a great officer and one of the best “dry” sense of humors around. He’ll be missed. My thoughts are with you Brenda. Wishing you well.
    Mike Elkins

  • So sorry for your loss.Thoughts and prayers to you.Enjoyed working with Dick on west side.Many good memories.

  • I am in total shock! I worked with and for Richard for many years on the street then later as sergeants in the detective bureau. I’ll remember his ability to create nicknames for everyone some hilarious and some I can’t mention here. He was a great friend and co-worker. I will miss him terribly My heart breaks for you and your family Brenda.

  • Our condolences Brenda on Dick’s passing.
    My wife and I both went to school with Richard starting in 7th Grade at Starling Jr. High.
    Dick was well liked and respected at CPD and will be greatly missed.
    Bill and Letha Webb.

  • Brenda, Ed and I were so shocked and saddened by the news of Dick’s passing. Our prayers are with you. You and Dick created such a strong family. I am sure they will be of great comfort to you now. He will be remembered fondly by all who knew him.

  • Brenda, so sorry for your loss. Dick Walker was one of the reasons that I became a Columbus Police Officer. He had a very positive influence on my life. He was funny and kind and I was lucky to know him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Brenda,so sorry to hear of Dick’s passing, as you know we first met as members of Class #37 at the Columbus Police Academy in 1967. We both worked on the west side of Columbus for several years until our careers took us in different directions, however have remained friends for many years. He was liked and respected by all who knew him and will be surly missed. His CPD classmates watched him for several years after we all retired to see when he finally retired in 2008 a long time that the rest of us. Rest in Peace my Brother

  • I’m so sorry for your loss Brenda. Dick was one awesome guy who I always enjoyed being around. Praying for peace and comfort for you and your family at this difficult time.

  • Brenda. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Dick gave me great advise over the years working Zone 1 C that helped in my career. I remember those long shifts and meeting up at the JP on Morse to swap gear head stories and talking about the job. I know he will be missed. Godspeed Sarge.

  • Very sorry Brenda for your loss!
    You two were able to blend such a
    Large family with your love and caring.
    Praying for all of you. I have to smile
    When I think of both Dick and Norm Manley walking those streets of gold!
    They were such great friends. Dick was my sgt. on 10 precinct for many years.
    Always looked out for all his officers.
    God bless you and give you strength to
    Go on!!

  • Brenda,

    So very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you now and on the months to comes.

  • Brenda,
    I am saddened at hearing of Dick’s passing and am sorry for your loss. I realize that there are no words I could say to ease your pain at this time, but please know, that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Regina Dudley🍓

  • Brenda, as I have spoke with you, i’ll miss Richard greatly as he was a fine humanbeing & a great officer/supervisor. I can’t even imagine the pain you have with his passing. Just remember we all loved him & you too!
    Rest in Peace our brother & May the creator welcome you with open arms.
    We will meet again!

  • Brenda and family,

    My deepest sympathies on your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Judge Amy Salerno

  • Another special Angel. My sincere condolences to Brenda and the family. I remember Dick who would come over to talk with my husband. Many talks about their tour of duty and always cars. T and I loved him as a neighbor and respected his service. He is a great man and will protect the family with a loving spirit. May God bring the family comfort and peace wrapped in love.
    Debra Holmes

  • Also sorry about the loss of Dick to everyone .

    Gary Pinnix….. CPD Retired and of the Class #37 ……….

  • Brenda — On behalf of the Service Bailiff’s office, we wish to express our deepest sympathy for the loss of your husband, Dick. We send prayers of comfort to you and your family in this time of need.

  • Brenda- So sorry for your loss, may God keep you in his arms during this difficult time for you and your family.