A funeral service for Durwood Walker, 85, of Algona, was held at First Presbyterian Church, Algona. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery with military honors conducted. Memorials may be directed to the Durwood's family and will be distributed to Hope Lodge in Rochester, MN and to Hospice of the Heartland in Algona, in his memory.
Durwood Dale Walker was born February 4, 1935, in Algona, son of Archie and Violet (Rich) Walker. He attended country school in Lotts Creek Township and attended Algona Public High School. Durwood served his country in the United States Army serving two years active duty and then two years in the Army Reserve.
Durwood married Donna Mae Hansen on November 25, 1956, at the Irvington Presbyterian Church. He was always known for his hard work ethic working for Pioneer Seed Corn and Conagra Fertilizer Company until his retirement and at the same time farming: raising hogs and cattle and row cropping. Durwood loved being with his family especially with his granddaughters. He enjoyed socializing with friends and family, fishing, and making ornaments as gifts. He also enjoyed woodworking and was a member of Chips off the Old Block. In earlier years he was involved with 4-H as a leader and he has been a member of Irvington Presbyterian Church since 1953 serving as a trustee and an elder.
In April of 2018, he became a resident of Windsor Manor Assisted Living in Algona. He died there on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 looking outside his window to his "Field of Dreams", the Iowa cornfields!
He is survived by his wife Donna Mae Walker of Algona, two sons, Kevin Walker and his wife Cindy of Algona, and Kirt Walker and his wife Cindy of Columbus, OH; three granddaughters, Maria (Mark) Steier of Whittemore, Rahne (Casey) Onstot of Norwalk, and Bailey (fiancé Greg Allan) Walker of Gilbert, AZ; and six great-grandchildren, Charleigh, Kacy, Shaylin and Alice Steier, and Jaycey and Kensley Onstot. He is also survived by sisters-in-law, Bernice Walker of Algona, Minnie Walker of Algona, Marvel Culbertson of Lone Rock, and Viola Hansen of Algona; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Robert, Raymond, Vern and Merlin Walker; and sisters Loretta Broesder, Irene Holdren, Grace Bjustrom, and Charlotte Walker; and two siblings in infancy.
"Every day Durwood would show up at my dad\'s store, Shackelford Floor Service, around 11:00 to visit with me. I\'m not really a \"visiting\" type person, but for some reason it was different with Durwood. We never seemed to run out of things to say, and I would miss him on the days he did not show up. He was a sweetheart. I wish him comfort and peace. "
"My sincerest condolences for your loss. Prayers for strength and comfort.
"So sorry to hear of Durwood?s passing. I have fond memories of Durwood and the Walker family. Thoughts and prayers are with you; Kevin, Kirt, and Donna Mae.
Becky West Bibler"
"Deepest Sympathy to you Donna,Kevin,Kirt and your families with the loss of Durwood.
Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers!!??
The SEWICKS, RANDY,LORI and Family
"Deepest Sympathy to you Donna, Kevin, Kirt and your families with the Los of Durwood.
Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers!!
The SEWICKS, RANDY, LORI and Family"
"Kevin and Kurt I?m just so very sorry to lose my Paw Walker. I have so, so many memories of him, and your family that I hold dear to my heart. I will never forget any of them. I?m sorry I?m unable to make it to the funeral or visitation, but my thoughts and prayers go out to Mom, and you boys. Hugs to you all. Chas Klein Mehan"
"So sorry to see that Durwood has passed - hugs and prayers Donna Mae and boys. "
So sorry to hear about your loss. I always enjoyed my visits with Durwood. He so enjoyed talking about his family. May God grant you strength during this time and in the days ahead. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Don and Deb Schulz"
So sorry to hear about your loss. I always enjoyed my visits with Durwood. He loved to talk about his family. May God give you strength during this time and in the days ahead. Sending our thoughts and prayers. "
"Sorry to hear about Durwood. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I still have the angel and reindeer he gave me when I worked at Hardee\'s. RIP"
"Donna Mae and family,
I am sorry to see that Durwood passed away.U have my thoughts and prayers and sympathy.He was a great gentleman.He will be missed.May he RIP.God bless his soul. May his memmories live on inside all ur hearts forever and always. "
"Durwood always had a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye! He was the perfect image of the American farmer. I?m glad I got to know him. May he Rest In Peace ? Linda Farrell, Whittemore. "
"Sympathy and prayers to the family. Harris and Betty Harms"
"I am so glad that I had the privilege to know Durwood. His hearty laugh and sense of humor will be missed very much!"