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John Ellis Walker, 87, lifelong resident of Windsor, Illinois, a loving family man and local business owner, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, July 21, 2023, surrounded by the love of his family.
Born on September 29, 1935, in Windsor, one of 11 children born to Charles and Mary (Vogel) Walker. John married the love of his life, Joyce Hostetter on January 9, 1963, and they were blessed with 55 wonderful years together before her passing on August 8, 2018. John was a proud veteran of the United States Air Force, showing his dedication to his country and the values it stands for. Following his service, John found his calling as a Heavy Equipment Operator. His love for the job led him to establish his own business, Walker Excavating, which he successfully owned and operated for many years. John's work was not just a job, but a passion he enjoyed every day. He loved playing in the dirt, displaying an almost childlike joy in his work. John also had a knack for welding and mechanical work. He attended New Beginnings Apostolic Church in Sullivan, where he found solace and faith.
John leaves behind four grandchildren: Stephanie Tandarich of Missouri, Deana Smith of Florida, Joyce (Mike) Lewis of Windsor, and Johnny Tandarich of Mattoon; siblings: Kenneth (Judy) Walker of Lexington, Kentucky, Earl Walker of Paris, Arletta (Gene) Dolan of Sullivan, Annetta Hortenstine of Gays, Eileen (Joe) Curry of Windsor, Dale (Lois) Walker of Windsor, Darlene (Joe) Johnson of Windsor, and Jan Bolyard of Gays; brother-in-law, Richard Schneider; many great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joyce; children: Gale Tandarich, Cheryl Tandarich, and Paul Walker; grandson, Timothy Midgett; brother, Dean Walker; sister, Marilyn Schneider; sister-in-law, Linda Walker and brothers-in-law: Ted Hortenstine and Jack Bolyard.
Funeral services for John will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 29, 2023, in Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home in Windsor. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service. Burial will take place in Sand Creek Cemetery in rural Windsor with military honors by the Garrett-Baldridge American Legion Post 725 of Windsor. Memorials in John’s name may be made to New Beginnings Apostolic Church in Sullivan and mailed to Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home, P.O. Box 52, Windsor, IL 61957. Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home in Windsor is assisting the family.
John’s life was a testament to the power of love, hard work, and faith. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who had the privilege of knowing him. As we bid farewell to John, we celebrate the wonderful life he led and the countless ways he enriched the lives of those around him. His legacy will live on in the hearts of all who loved him.
Family and friends are invited to light a candle or share a story at www.lockartgreenfuneralhome.com.
New Beginnings Apostolic Church
311 S. Washington Street, Sullivan IL 61951