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Jerome "Jerry" Alfred Walker

August 31, 1934 June 28, 2010
Jerome "Jerry" Alfred Walker
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Obituary for Jerome "Jerry" Alfred Walker

Worthington, MN

     Jerome “Jerry” Alfred Walker (Wacker was the original family name), 75, was born on August 31, 1934, in Farmington, MN, the son of Anthony and Agnes (Methner) Walker. His father worked for a company in the cities and his mother helped in the family restaurant until they moved to the country where they had a farm near Hastings, MN. Jerry’s mother passed away on March 19, 1944. Jerry was only ten at the time. His father, Anthony moved the family to Round Lake, MN. Jerry only had a fifth grade education as his father pulled the boys out of school to work after their mother passed away. He worked for farmers in the area. Jerry started working for CA Swanson when he was 17 years old, which later became Campbell Soup Company. He was married to Floretta Jenkins and they divorced in 1965. Jerry was drafted into the United States Army on January 9, 1958 and was discharged on January 8, 1963, after being stationed in Oakland, CA and Hawaii. After returning from the service, he continued to work in maintenance for Campbell Soup Company for 44 years and retired on August 31, 1996. Jerry married Margaret Anderson Beseke on December 10, 1966, in Lakefield, MN. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gambling, playing cards with friends and especially enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren. Jerry died on Monday, June 28, 2010, at his residence in Worthington.
     Jerry is survived by his wife of 44 years, Margaret Walker of Worthington, MN; children, Mark Walker of Plymouth, MN, LeeAnn (Krayton) Stenzel of Worthington, MN, Lance (Esther) Walker of San Juan Capistrano, CA, and Cynthia (Randy) Shermo of Owatonna, MN; grandchildren, Britani, Chad, Jennifer, Jenalee, Nataly, Logun, Danielle, Katrina, and Savannah Ann; great grandchildren, Ariana, Jackson, Dawson, Malea, Natzali, Giani, Eva, and Cruz; sisters, Betty Von Holdt of Round Lake, MN, and Joan Bergeson of St. Paul, MN, and brother, Roger (Elvira) Walker of Red Wing, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Paul and Tom Walker; sister-in-law, Helen Walker; brothers-in-law, Don Bergeson, Stanley Anderson, and Carl Anderson, father and mother-in-law, Albin and Evelyn Anderson, and great grandson, Blake Jeffers.
     Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 1, 2010, at 2:00 p.m., at the American Lutheran Church in Worthington, MN, with Pastor Mike Zaske officiating. Casket bearers will be Brad Anderson, Doug Anderson, Mike Walker, Monte Walker, Chad Jeffers, and Lyle Heath. Honorary bearers will be Mary and John Anderson, Paula and Lyman Deuel, Alice and Dick Duba, Mary and Jim Kraft, Don Dirks, and Steve Engler. Burial will be in the Lakefield City Cemetery in Lakefield, MN.

Visitation will be held prior to the services on Thursday, July 1, 2010, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington.

In lieu of flowers, family prefers memorials.


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