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Melvin S. Walker

April 2, 1927 May 21, 2019
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Melvin Steven Walker passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at the Schneidmiller House in Hayden. He was born April 2, 1927 in Faith, South Dakota, the son of Bryon Sanford Walker and Ada Fern (Ashton) Walker.

Melvin spent his first years growing up on a farm in South Dakota until a severe drought hit the area which caused his family to leave their home becoming a part of the migration to the Northwest. He would often say that when he first saw this area that he couldn’t believe the green trees, the abundant gardens, and the scenery.

He learned to work at a very young age often picking strawberries for local families. He was about 10 years old when he first met his future bride Eva, he was working picking strawberries for her grandfather. Mel was picking and she was eating them. Over the years they become friends and started dating in their teens. She was 17 and he was 19 when they married.

Melvin attended school in a one-room school house on the Rimrock in Hayden and then at Hayden Lake school. During his sophomore year he decided to leave school. He and a friend left the area at age 16 and went to Bremerton, Washington to work in the shipyards. He returned home and worked until he joined the Merchant Marines where he served until 1945, at which time he joined the Army Air Force. When home on leave he promised Eva that they would be married when the war was over. They had gone to the movies and while there a newsreel had come on declaring the war was over, they were married soon after. After his discharge from the Army he and Eva moved to Farragut where he attended trade school to become an electrician. During this time they started their family, which eventually would include 7 children.

After school Melvin worked at Coulee Dam and at the Hanford Nuclear site, but home was calling and they eventually moved back to Hayden in the mid 1950’s where he started his own business, Hayden Electric. He was an electrical contractor in the area until they moved to the Moscow-Lewiston area in the late 70’s where he built and remodeled several homes. They lived in Lewiston area until 2017 when he had a stroke and they moved back to Coeur d'Alene to be near family. Eva was the love of his life and together they forged a life that taught their children the value of hard work and that importance of family.

Melvin is preceded in death by his wife Eva, his daughter Judith, his brothers and one sister. He is survived by his older sister Ada Grace Chandler and his children: Steven (Betty) Walker, Marilyn (Bill) Willard, Thomas (Terri) Walker, Wesley (Stacy) Walker, Kelly (Teresa) Walker, and William (Eileen) Walker. Grandchildren: Greg Willard, Shane Walker, Jeremy Willard, Travis Walker, Jesse Willard, Sarah (Walker) Skeel, Michael Willard, Jessica (Walker) Frank, Melissa (Walker) Thompson, Laura (Willard) Hansen, Thomas Walker, Jr, Jonathan Walker, Katie (Walker) Shira, Trevor Walker, Andrew Walker, Joseph Walker, and 21 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 31st at Coeur d’Alene Memorial Gardens, 7315 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene. A reception will follow from 12 to 3 p.m. at Red Lion Templin’s on the River, 414 E. First Street, Post Falls.

Donations, in lieu of flowers, can be made to the Schneidmiller House in Hayden Idaho.

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11:00 AM 5/31/2019 11:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 5/31/2019 12:00:00 PM
Coeur d' Alene Memorial Gardens

7315 Government Way
Coeur d' Alene, ID 83814

Coeur d' Alene Memorial Gardens
7315 Government Way Coeur d' Alene 83814 ID
United States

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