MADISON - Ronald Neal Walker was born October 15,1946 in Durham, NC and passed on January 21, 2022, in Madison WI at the age of 75. He was a longtime WI resident and lived in the Dairy State since 1968.
He served in the US Army as a helicopter scout with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969 reaching the rank of Sergeant (E-5).
Ron graduated from Durham High School in 1965 and later received a BS (c.1973) and MS (c.1974) from UW Stevens Point in history, and a JD (1979) from UW Madison.
He was a man with many interests and talents as an educator, scholar, inventor, and musician, as well as a lawyer for 40+ years in the Iowa County area. He was an avid gun enthusiast, dog lover and devoted father. Ron served as a volunteer firefighter in Cobb, WI, where he also owned and operated a daycare center. He was known far and wide for his famous NC-style pork barbecue.
He was predeceased by his daughter Elizabeth Walker.
Ron is survived by his loving wife, Janice K. Wexler, with whom he shared many adventures; brother Myers Bonner Walker Jr. (Carbondale, IL), sons Jeff Walker (Lantana, TX), Ross Walker (Middleton, WI), Austin Walker (Helotes, TX), daughter Aubrey Walker (Cobb, WI), step-sons Ari Davidson (Boise, ID) and Josh Davidson (Madison, WI); grandchildren John Walker (St. Charles, IL), Isabella and Elijah Walker (Lantana, TX), Marley, Kemp and Theya Walker (Helotes, TX), and faithful dog Moxie.The family would like to express deep gratitude to hospice nurse Tamie Travis, R.N. and CNA Julie Flynn for their caring and compassionate support. Thanks to all the doctors and nurses at the VA and UW for their honesty, expertise and care, especially Drs. Christopher Fletcher and Christopher Crnich, and R.N. Ashley, whose indispensable hugs were comforting.
Ron's funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM at TEMPLE BETH EL, 2702 Arbor Dr. Madison on Sunday, January 30, 2022. Proof of vaccination and a booster, as well as a mask are required for entrance. Visitation starts at 12:15 p.m. and the service at 1:00 p.m. Online streaming of the service is available via: http://www.tinyurl.com/TBEYTLivestream. The service will be followed by burial of Ron's ashes at Beit Olamim, Sunset Memory Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to one of the following organizations, or the charity of your choice: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society go.lympho.info/ronwalker; Cobb Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 82,Cobb, WI 53526-0082.; or Temple Beth El, 2702 Arbor Drive, Madison, WI 53711 www.tbemadison.org.
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