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Western Slope Obituaries 3-14-11

Theodore S. Walker, 78, passed away March 2, 2011 after a courageous, five month battle with an illness, surrounded by loved ones.

He was the firstborn son of Theodore M. and Ruth M. (VanCleave) Walker, born on May 9, 1932 in Grand Junction, Colo. In 1941 the Walker family moved to the Plateau Valley where they continued to raise cattle, hay, and ranch.

In the early 60s, they purchased a dozer to clean ditches on the ranch, the rest as they say, is history. Ted and his father were in the construction business. Walker Construction grew and flourished in the Valley until Teddy retired in 2002. Teddy built roads, pads for drill sites, septic systems, home sites, driveways, and a variety of other things. He was well known in the oil, gas, and construction industries with a reputation of integrity and honesty.

Teddy graduated from Collbran Union High School in 1950 then joined the Navy where he served on the USS Redhead receiving an extremely meritorious citation during operations against enemy aggressor forces in Korea. Returning to the Plateau Valley, he married Carolyn Clay in 1959 where they began raising their family and continues to live.

Teddy was active in almost every aspect of the Plateau Valley community. He was active in the American Legion and was instrumental in the creation of the Plateau Valley Fire Protection District serving on their board as well the Plateau Valley Hospitial Board. He served on the numerous rodeo committees, was a member of the Collbran Roping Club, and a generous supporter of all Plateau Valley Athletics. Hardly a ballgame at P.V. took place without Teddy being there. He also supported Mesa State Athletics and missed only one Championship game of JUCO.

Teddy loved to tell stories to share his experiences with the people he loved, which was almost everyone. His stories will be missed by all of us who loved him. Fishing was a passion in which Teddy was able to take advantage of making nine trips to northern Saskatchewan to fish for Pike, Lake Trout, and Walleye. Teddy, guided his wife and neighbors over thousands of miles on four wheelers. They rode all over the Western slope including Schofield Pass, Yankee Boy Basin, and the entire Grand Mesa. They loved being outdoors and enjoying the beauty of Colorado. He and Carolyn loved to travel, visiting Europe, the Caribbean, British Columbia, Alaska, and every state in the Union.

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He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Carolyn; daughters, Linda (Justin) Hatzenbuehler of Clifton, Colo., Pene Jo (Gregory Moore)Walker of DeBeque, Colo.; his brother, Richard (Joy Dell) Walker of Grand Junction, Colo.; sisters, Kay (Howard) Carver of Mesa, Colo., and Ardith Smiley of Pomroy, Wash.; grandchildren, Christopher Rother (Stephanie Sagrillo); Melissa Rother (Joe Clark); and four great-grandchildren, Pacey, Christopher, Trinity, and Jaidyn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore M. and Ruth M. Walker; his brother, James Walker, and daughter, Diane Feeback.

As no formal services will be held, we ask that you celebrate Teddy’s life with your family, in your way, and with love in your hearts.

Theodore S. Walker, 78, passed away March 2, 2011 after a courageous, five month battle with an illness, surrounded by loved ones.

He was the firstborn son of Theodore M. and Ruth M. (VanCleave) Walker, born on May 9, 1932 in Grand Junction, Colo. In 1941 the Walker family moved to the Plateau Valley where they continued to raise cattle, hay, and ranch.

In the early 60s, they purchased a dozer to clean ditches on the ranch, the rest as they say, is history. Ted and his father were in the construction business. Walker Construction grew and flourished in the Valley until Teddy retired in 2002. Teddy built roads, pads for drill sites, septic systems, home sites, driveways, and a variety of other things. He was well known in the oil, gas, and construction industries with a reputation of integrity and honesty.

Teddy graduated from Collbran Union High School in 1950 then joined the Navy where he served on the USS Redhead receiving an extremely meritorious citation during operations against enemy aggressor forces in Korea. Returning to the Plateau Valley, he married Carolyn Clay in 1959 where they began raising their family and continues to live.

Teddy was active in almost every aspect of the Plateau Valley community. He was active in the American Legion and was instrumental in the creation of the Plateau Valley Fire Protection District serving on their board as well the Plateau Valley Hospitial Board. He served on the numerous rodeo committees, was a member of the Collbran Roping Club, and a generous supporter of all Plateau Valley Athletics. Hardly a ballgame at P.V. took place without Teddy being there. He also supported Mesa State Athletics and missed only one Championship game of JUCO.

Teddy loved to tell stories to share his experiences with the people he loved, which was almost everyone. His stories will be missed by all of us who loved him. Fishing was a passion in which Teddy was able to take advantage of making nine trips to northern Saskatchewan to fish for Pike, Lake Trout, and Walleye. Teddy, guided his wife and neighbors over thousands of miles on four wheelers. They rode all over the Western slope including Schofield Pass, Yankee Boy Basin, and the entire Grand Mesa. They loved being outdoors and enjoying the beauty of Colorado. He and Carolyn loved to travel, visiting Europe, the Caribbean, British Columbia, Alaska, and every state in the Union.

He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Carolyn; daughters, Linda (Justin) Hatzenbuehler of Clifton, Colo., Pene Jo (Gregory Moore)Walker of DeBeque, Colo.; his brother, Richard (Joy Dell) Walker of Grand Junction, Colo.; sisters, Kay (Howard) Carver of Mesa, Colo., and Ardith Smiley of Pomroy, Wash.; grandchildren, Christopher Rother (Stephanie Sagrillo); Melissa Rother (Joe Clark); and four great-grandchildren, Pacey, Christopher, Trinity, and Jaidyn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore M. and Ruth M. Walker; his brother, James Walker, and daughter, Diane Feeback.

As no formal services will be held, we ask that you celebrate Teddy’s life with your family, in your way, and with love in your hearts.

Theodore S. Walker, 78, passed away March 2, 2011 after a courageous, five month battle with an illness, surrounded by loved ones.

He was the firstborn son of Theodore M. and Ruth M. (VanCleave) Walker, born on May 9, 1932 in Grand Junction, Colo. In 1941 the Walker family moved to the Plateau Valley where they continued to raise cattle, hay, and ranch.

In the early 60s, they purchased a dozer to clean ditches on the ranch, the rest as they say, is history. Ted and his father were in the construction business. Walker Construction grew and flourished in the Valley until Teddy retired in 2002. Teddy built roads, pads for drill sites, septic systems, home sites, driveways, and a variety of other things. He was well known in the oil, gas, and construction industries with a reputation of integrity and honesty.

Teddy graduated from Collbran Union High School in 1950 then joined the Navy where he served on the USS Redhead receiving an extremely meritorious citation during operations against enemy aggressor forces in Korea. Returning to the Plateau Valley, he married Carolyn Clay in 1959 where they began raising their family and continues to live.

Teddy was active in almost every aspect of the Plateau Valley community. He was active in the American Legion and was instrumental in the creation of the Plateau Valley Fire Protection District serving on their board as well the Plateau Valley Hospitial Board. He served on the numerous rodeo committees, was a member of the Collbran Roping Club, and a generous supporter of all Plateau Valley Athletics. Hardly a ballgame at P.V. took place without Teddy being there. He also supported Mesa State Athletics and missed only one Championship game of JUCO.

Teddy loved to tell stories to share his experiences with the people he loved, which was almost everyone. His stories will be missed by all of us who loved him. Fishing was a passion in which Teddy was able to take advantage of making nine trips to northern Saskatchewan to fish for Pike, Lake Trout, and Walleye. Teddy, guided his wife and neighbors over thousands of miles on four wheelers. They rode all over the Western slope including Schofield Pass, Yankee Boy Basin, and the entire Grand Mesa. They loved being outdoors and enjoying the beauty of Colorado. He and Carolyn loved to travel, visiting Europe, the Caribbean, British Columbia, Alaska, and every state in the Union.

He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Carolyn; daughters, Linda (Justin) Hatzenbuehler of Clifton, Colo., Pene Jo (Gregory Moore)Walker of DeBeque, Colo.; his brother, Richard (Joy Dell) Walker of Grand Junction, Colo.; sisters, Kay (Howard) Carver of Mesa, Colo., and Ardith Smiley of Pomroy, Wash.; grandchildren, Christopher Rother (Stephanie Sagrillo); Melissa Rother (Joe Clark); and four great-grandchildren, Pacey, Christopher, Trinity, and Jaidyn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore M. and Ruth M. Walker; his brother, James Walker, and daughter, Diane Feeback.

As no formal services will be held, we ask that you celebrate Teddy’s life with your family, in your way, and with love in your hearts.