Posted 3/13/13 (Wed)
Funeral service for John Walker, 59, of Cartwright, N.D., was at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 9, 2013, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Fairview, Mont., with Pastor Charlane Lines officiating. Interment was in the Yellowstone Point Cemetery, Cartwright, N.D.
John Ernest Walker was born May 17, 1953, to John Douglas and Annie Katherine (Lindecker) Walker. He was the oldest of five children. John went from first grade to the eighth grade at East Fairview School. He graduated from Fairview High School with the class of 1972.
John ranched with his dad on the family ranch south of Cartwright until his dad’s death in 1987. Due to declining health, he turned the ranch over to his brother, George. John was everyone’s right-hand man, or left-hand man, he would say, because he was proud of being left-handed. Whenever anyone needed anything, he was the first one we would call. Whenever he was needed, he was there. He never let his family, friends or neighbors down. No one was a stranger and he would help anyone. If someone would have asked him for the shirt off his back, he would have given it to them. He will always be our big brother.
As his brother and sisters started having families of their own, he loved it that he had more people to tease and play jokes on. He really enjoyed pulling stuff on his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law or anyone new to the family.
John loved animals. When he was in good health, he broke horses, milked cows, had chickens, geese and guineas. He enjoyed being on horseback on the open prairie with the wildlife and the fresh air. If he couldn’t do it on a horse, it wasn’t worth doing. Calving season was a special time of the year for him. He always told his sibling that his animal babies were cuter than their kids. He was a keeper of all animals. John enjoyed feeding the birds and squirrels. He could watch them from the dining room window. He enjoyed fishing when he felt good enough to go. He got a four wheeler so he could get up and down the hill to the river.
John was a Life Member of the National Rifle Association.
Our very much-loved son and brother left us March 4, 2013, at his home on the family ranch.
John is survived by his mother, Annie Walker of Cartwright, N.D.; his brother, George (Holly) Walker of Cartwright, N.D.; his sisters, Mary (Jerry) Erickson of Williston, N.D., Dorothy (Darwin) Johnson of Fairview, Mont., and Vera (Kelly)Boyle of Kathryn, N.D.; four nephews, Doug Walker, Jonathan Johnson, Aaron Erickson and Christopher Erickson; three nieces, Daphne Clark, Angela Thunker, and Annie Ruff; four great-nephews, Calvin, Jonathan, Rambur, and Zachary; two great-grandnieces, Haley and Tegan; two uncles, August Lindecker and George Lindecker of Alexander, N.D.; aunts, Evonne Berg of Devils Lake, N.D. and Lucille Chichester of Arizona; several cousins and a lot of friends and his new companion, Tip, a Sheltie collie that he always wanted.
John was preceded in death by his dad, John Walker; his grandparents, John and HenryEtta Walker and Ernest and Mary Lindecker; aunts, May Olson, Violet Ryan and Dorothy Walker; uncles, Irvin Berg and Glen Walker; and a niece, Jacquelynn LeeAnn Erickson.
Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.fulkersons.com.