Obituary: Colonel Homer L. “Lee” Walker
Colonel (Ret.) Homer L. ‘Lee’ WALKER, May 4, 1927 — May 24, 2013
Funeral services for Colonel (Ret.) Homer L. “Lee” Walker, 86 of Belton, Texas, will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, graveside, at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas, under the direction of Dossman Funeral Home in Belton.
Visitation will be held, Wednesday, May 29, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Colonel (Ret.) Walker was born in Marion, N.C., the son of Ira Lee Walker and Queenie Edna Bowman Walker. He was a highly decorated infantryman and aviator serving in Post WWII Japan, Korea and Vietnam. He retired from the Army in 1975 after over 30 years of active duty. After retirement, Colonel (Ret.) Walker obtained a law degree from St. Mary’s Law School in San Antonio and practiced law in Temple, Texas. He was a member of the VFW, State Bar Association of Texas, Austin Ski Club and the Over the Hill Gang of the Ski Club of Cooper Mountain. Survivors include sons Michael Lee Walker of Austin, Texas, Mark Stephen Walker (Jan Ziegler) of Santa Barbara, Calif., Homer Lee Walker II (Carla Walker) of Atlanta, and daughters Rebecca Smith Walker Hilliard (Jerry Hilliard) of Belton, and Jennie Louise Walker of New York. Grandchildren include Jaylee Hilliard and Ryan Hilliard, Belton. Colonel (Ret.) Walker survived siblings James Edward “Bill” Walker (Doris) of Charlotte, N.C., and Barbara Brandon (Richard) of Scottsdale, Ariz. Married to Jennie Louise Smith Walker (deceased 2009), Columbus, Ga. Louise was mother of their five children and wonderful support during his army years. Married to Elizabeth Kelly Walker, Belton. The family appreciates Elizabeth, who remained friends with Colonel (Ret.) Walker after their marriage and stepped forward to become his caretaker during his brief illness prior to his passing. Colonel (Ret.) Walker had a lifelong passion for snow skiing. Every winter was dedicated to skiing and he travelled to many exotic locations to ski until purchasing a condo in Frisco, where he made many friends and spent many happy winters on the slopes of Summit County. While not in Colorado, he was at home at his lakefront residence in Belton.
Colonel (Ret.) Homer Lee Walker had many loyal friends and a loving family, all of whom will miss him and remember him for his integrity and generosity.
Silver Star; Bronze Star Medal w/1 Oak Leaf Cluster; Purple Heart; National Defense Service Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster; Legion of Merit w/2 Oak Leaf Clusters; Air Medal w/Numeral 3; Army Commendation Medal; Army Commendation Medal (Japan); Vietnam Service Medal w/3 Bronze Service Stars; Vietnamese Staff Service Medal 1st Class; Vietnam Armed Forces Honor Medal 1st Class; Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry w/Palm; Korean Service Medal; United Nations Service Medal; Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; Senior Army Aviator Badge; Combat Infantryman Badge; World War II Victory Medal; American Campaign Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Parachutist Badge; Ranger Tab.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bell Post 1820 VFW, 3302 Airport Rd, Temple, Texas 76504 or the Wounded Warrior Project at 12672 Silicon Drive, Suite 105, San Antonio, TX 78249.
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