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William David "Bill" Walker/Margaret Leora Lesher (F57)

Family: William David "Bill" Walker/Margaret Leora Lesher (F57)

m. 16 Aug 1941

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  • William David "Bill" WalkerFather | Male
    William David "Bill" Walker

    Born  14 Mar 1918  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  3 Mar 1977  Mercy Hospital, Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  7 Mar 1977  Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery, Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Married  16 Aug 1941  [1, 2]  Kahoka, Clark County, Missouri  [1, 2] Find all individuals with events at this location
    Father  Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker | F5 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Hattie Mae "Harriett" Moyers | F5 Group Sheet 

    Margaret Leora LesherMother | Female
    Margaret Leora Lesher

    Born  10 Jun 1918  Marion Township, Linn County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  30 Jun 2004  Northbrook Manor Care Center, Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  2 Jul 2004  Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery, Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Father  Jerry Lesher | F58 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Mable Bernice Price | F58 Group Sheet 

    Gary Lynn WalkerChild 1 | Male
    > Gary Lynn Walker

    Born  10 Jul 1943  Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  4 May 2003  Caritas Medical Center, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  8 May 2003  Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery, Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Cheryl Rae Crow | F59 
    Married     

    Child 2 | Male
    > Steven William "Steve" Walker

    Born     
    Died     
    Buried     
    Spouse  Cathy Marie Knickerbocker | F60 
    Married     

  • Photos

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    Bill, Gary, and Margaret Walker
    Bill, Gary, and Margaret Walker
    A photograph of the new baby, Gary Lynn Walker (1944-2003). His father, William David Walker (1918-1977) is on the left, mother, Margaret Leora (Lesher) Walker, on the right.
    A Walker Family Reunion in About 1946
    A Walker Family Reunion in About 1946
    Based upon the ages of those who are children in this photograph, it was likely taken in about 1946. Several family members helped in its identification (I am a bit unsure about several of them). This photograph was provided courtesy of Carol Ann Kelley. Several persons could not be identified positively due to their placement or the overall quality of the photograph, and one child does not seem to fit at this date with family members, but generally it is correct.

    Those who were at this reunion were: Gerald Wayne Kimble, Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) Walker, Verona Violet (Dotson) Walker, Leonard "Max" Dotson, Elaine Ida (Brown) Dotson, Theodore Roosevelt "Ted" Dotson, (Probably) Paul Eugene "Paulie" Umphrey Jr., Paul Eugene "Tubby" Umphrey Jr., Lois Ann (Thibodeau) Umphrey, Zella "Myrtle" (Walker) Dotson, Margaret Leora (Lesher) Walker, Wilda Maxine (Walker) Thomas, Wilda "Marguerite" (Wyerman) Walker, Elizabeth Etta "Betty" (Hatt) Walker, Samuel Clinton "Sam" Walker, William David "Bill" Walker, Doris Idella Walker, Thomas Clifford "Cliff" Walker, Mazie Ella Walker-Belles, Unknown (Possibly Vera Marie "Jakie" Walker), David Floyd "Dave" Howey, Margretta Mae (Umphrey) Howey, Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell, Ted L. Belles, Jerry Dean Walker, Gary Lynn Walker, George Percy Walker, Robert Charles "Bob" Walker, John Franklin Russell, (probably) Jean Louise Walker, Carol Sue Belles, and Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker.
    A Photograph from a Reunion of People from the Walker and Moyers Families
    A Photograph from a Reunion of People from the Walker and Moyers Families
    This is a family reunion photograph, taken in 1949, of members of the extended Walker family of my maternal relatives. Several members of the Moyers family are also in this picture.

    Those identified and not in this photograph are: Charles Leander "Lee" Walker, his wife, Aleta Marie (Hewitt) Walker, an unknown woman (sitting in the chair), Hattie "Leota" (Walker) Krekel (standing), holding an unknown baby, but it likely was 3-month-old Steven William "Steve" Walker, Ruth Aralene (Wheeler) Broeker, a woman with her back to the camera, possibly one of the Moyers' sisters, Caroline Ellen Moyers, Ethel Louise Moyers, William David "Bill" Walker, Zella "Myrtle" (Walker) Dotson, Margaret Leora (Lesher) Walker, and Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell.
    A Family Reunion, Probably Between 1950/53 (1 of 3)
    A Family Reunion, Probably Between 1950/53 (1 of 3)
    This reunion was evidently in the autumn or spring, as evidenced by the coats everyone is wearing. Many of the unknown people in this photograph are probably from the Frizzell family. If so, this reunion was one that was periodically held in Ottumwa, Iowa, considered halfway between the Osceola area where they lived and the Morning Sun area where many of the Walker family lived. If before 1951, the woman between Flossie Russell and Sam Walker was probably their sister, Everna Frizzell (the #9 person). Other photographs of her wearing a similar hat (that obscures her face, unfortunately) do exist.

    A second photograph, nearly identical to this one, exists as well and is posted on this site. Additionally a third photograph, side view, of women at the reunion, exists and is posted.

    Known family members included in this photograph include: Hazel Ann (Miller) Walker (1896-1975), Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell (1884-1968), George Percy Walker (1896-1985), William David "Bill" Walker (1918-1977), Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker (1869-1957), Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner (1897-1970), Margaret Leora (Lesher) Walker (1918-2004), Francis Isaac "Frank" Walker (1894-1976), Jennie "Reil" (Hannah Walker) (1892-1958), and Zella "Myrtle" (Walker) Dotson (1903-1990).
    Bill and Margaret Walker
    Bill and Margaret Walker
    This photograph was of William David "Bill" and Margaret Leora (Lesher) Walker, taken in about 1960. The location of the photograph is unknown.
    A Family Reunion in 1988 at the Home of Shirley and Larry Smith (2 of 2)
    All the people in this photograph are identified except for one whose face is mostly obscured. This photograph was taken in Wapello, Iowa, at the home of Shirley Lea (Broeker) and Norton Lawrence "Larry" Smith.

    As listed on the photograph 'image map' those who were in attendance and photographed here are: Elwood Baird "Oddie" Marshall, Darcy Hardin, John W. Smith, Larry Smith, Samuel Clinton "Sam" Walker, Joni L. (Smith) Hollingsworth, Buffy (the dog, thanks for the identification to Debbie (Smith) Ulstad), Wallace Ernest "Wally" Broeker, Zella "Myrtle" (Walker) Dotson, Steven William "Steve" Walker, Gary Lynn Walker, Wilda Maxine (Walker/Thomas) Thiele, Margaret Leora (Lesher) Walker, Theodore Roosevelt "Ted" Dotson, Karen Jean Kimble, Kathy Jo Kimble, Doris Daisy (Frizzell) Cartwright, Doris Idella Walker, Scott Alan Lox, John W. "J.W." Virden, Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker) Kimble, Vera Marie "Jakie" (Walker) Virden, Verona Violet (Dotson) Walker, Cathy Christine (Jones) Smith, Shirley Smith, Randall Larry "Randy" Smith, Beverly Jean "Bev" (Broeker) Marshall, Sherrie Lynn Kimble, Megan I. Hardin, Madeline Smith "Maddie" Hollingsworth, and Elizabeth Etta "Betty" Walker. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    The Former Home of William David 'Bill' and Margaret Leora (Lesher) Walker and Their Children, Steven William 'Steve' and Gary Lynn Walker
    The Former Home of William David "Bill" and Margaret Leora (Lesher) Walker and Their Children, Steven William "Steve" and Gary Lynn Walker
    This house located at 891 10th Street in Marion, Iowa, was where Bill, Margaret, and their children Gary and Steven Walker lived in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s; Bill had his sheet metal business in a building back behind the house (now removed). They had one of the only family cuckoo clocks I can remember in the 1950s, which was terribly fascinating to watch whenever we visited them. In their attic was a very nice old 1940s record player, too. The house is two blocks north of the Marion town square; at the time this photograph was taken in 2001, it could have used some tender lovin' care.

    Thanks to Becky Murphy and Marge Kimble for providing this photograph.
    A Family Reunion, Probably Between 1950/53 (2 of 3)
    A Family Reunion, Probably Between 1950/53 (2 of 3)
    This photograph is nearly identical to another photograph from this reunion, probably it was taken only moments after or before the first one that has been up online for a number of years. Known people are identified on it, please check it for who is who. Many people at this reunion are presently not identified. Lots of them are probably Frizzell family members.

    People who are presently known to be in this photograph include: Hazel Ann (Miller) Walker (1896-1975), Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell (1884-1968), George Percy Walker (1896-1985), William David "Bill" Walker (1918-1977), Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker (1869-1957), Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner (1897-1970), Margaret Leora (Lesher) Walker (1918-2004), Francis Isaac "Frank" Walker (1894-1976), Jennie "Reil" (Hannah Walker) (1892-1958), and Zella "Myrtle" (Walker) Dotson (1903-1990).

    Obituaries, Deaths, Funerals The Funeral Report from Margretta Mae (Umphrey) Howey's Funeral
    Those who attended Margretta's funeral came from Detroit, Michigan, Marion, Fort Madison, West Burlington, Wapello, and New London, Iowa, and Oquawka, Illinois. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)

  • Notes  Marriage Fact:
    • According to family genealogist Marjorie Kimble, for a time in the 1930s it was the "in" thing for sortheast Iowa people to do to go to Monmouth, Illinois, to get married. Sam and Betty Walker did this. Later people went to Kahoka, Missouri (Bill and Margaret Walker, for example). Still later couples went to Nashua, where "The Little Brown Church in the Vale" was located. Why these places were arbitrarily popular and chosen is unknown.

    Headstone Photograph:
    • Bill and Margaret Walker's grave is at Cedar Park Memorial Cemetery, Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa. The epitaph on the stone is: "William D., 1918 - 1977 Walker. Margaret L."

    Newspaper Article:
    • Sunday guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. S. N. Walker included Mr. and Mrs. Roy Fortner and granddaughter, Sandra Umphrey, Detroit, Michigan; Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Allen and family and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Driscoll, Winterset; Mr. and Mrs. Sam Walker and Jerry and Mr. and Mrs. William William Walker, Gary and Steve all of Marion; Mr. and Mrs. Ted Dotson, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Walker and Doris, and granddaughter, Threasa (sic) Thomas, all of New London; Mr. and Mrs. George Walker, Mrs. Leota Krekel and Bill Brum (sic) all of West Burlington; Mr. and Mrs. John Russell, Wapello; James Walker, Winfield; Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Broeker and Shirley, Mr. and Mrs. Trevor Kimble and family and Tom Walker all of Morning Sun.

    Residence:
    • Bill and Margaret Walker lived about two blocks north of the Marion Town Square in a large, two story house. Bill had a sheet metal business in a building on the property, so he only had to walk out the back door and a few feet into the backyard to go to work.

    Newspaper Article:
    • Called to Morning Sun to funeral services for Mrs. Margaretta (sic) Howey were David Howey and son, Dennis, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Fortner, Mrs. Lloyd Allen, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Umphrey, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Umphrey and Paul Jr., all of Detroit, Michigan; Sam C. Walker, Mr. and Mrs. William Walker, all of Marion, Iowa; Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Elaine Dotson and Sylvia, Fort Madison; Mr. and Mrs. George Walker, Mrs. Arm(?) (sic: Arnold) Brunk, West Burlington; Mr. and Mrs. Ted Dotson, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Walker, Doris and Wilda, Mrs. Bill Brumm, all of New London; Mrs. Bill Lox, Oquawka, Illinois; James Walker, Winfield; Mr. and Mrs. John Russell, Wapello.
    • Taking part in a family Christmas dinner and gift exchange Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs, S. N. Walker were Mr. and Mrs. William Walker and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Walker and nephew, all of Marion; Mrs. Ted Belles, Carol and Mark, Cedar Rapids; Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Virden, Mt. Pleasant; Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Walker and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ted Dotson and Sylvia Dotson; Mr. and Mrs. Bill Brumm and Dennis, all of New London; Mr. and Mrs. George Walker, West Burlington, Mr. and Mrs. Arnie Brunk and children, Burlington; Mrs. Bill Lox and Scott Oquawka, Illinois; Mr. and Mrs. John Russell, Wapello; Mr. and Mrs. Larry Smith, Winfield; Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Broeker, Tom Walker, Mr. and Mrs. Trevor Kimble and family, all of Morning Sun.
    • Marion News

      Mr. and Mrs. Sam Walker and Mr. and Mrs. William Walker and their son, Steven, are attending a reunion of relatives today at Ottumwa.

      Jerry Walker, son of the Sam Walkers, will leave today for Dallas, Texas, to enroll in the sophomore class at the Southern Methodist university.
    • Relatives and friends of S. N. Walker gathered in Locust Grove here Sunday to observe the 87th birthday of Mr. Walker. Present for the birthday dinner were Mr. and Mrs. (Aleta Hewitt) Lee Walker, Ainsworth; Mr. and Mrs. (Caroline Moyers) Charles Bailey and family, Keokuk; Mr. and Mrs. (Elizabeth Moyers) Arthur Long and sons, Lockridge; Mr. and Mrs. (Mabel Moyers) Haines and son, Fairfield; Mrs. Ruth Moyers and Ethel, Burlington; Mrs. Bill Lox (Virginia Dotson) and Scotty, Oquawka, Illinois; Mr. and Mrs. (Maude Walker/Umphrey) Roy Fortner, Dennis Howey, Mr. and Mrs. (Thelma Umphrey) Lloyd Allen and Pamela, Detroit, Michigan; Mr. and Mrs. (Margaret Lesher) William Walker and Steve and Sam Walker, Marion; Mr. and Mrs. (Leota Walker/Krekel) Bill Brumm and Dennis, Mr. and Mrs. (Marguerite Wyerman) Clifford Walker and Terry Thomas, New London; Mr. and Mrs. (Verona Dotson) George Walker and Mr. and Mrs. (Myrtle Walker) Ted Dotson, West Burlington; Mr. and Mrs. (Beverly Broeker) Elwood Marshall and Karen, Fort Madison; Jim Walker, Mt. Pleasant; Mr. and Mrs. (Nellie Owens) Bert Moyers, Mr. and Mrs. (Flossie Walker) John Russell, Mr. and Mrs. (Marian Callahan) Tommy Dotson, all of Wapello; Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Pickard, Birmingham; Mr. and Mrs. (Ruth Wheeler) Wallace Broeker, Mr. and Mrs. (Marjorie Walker) Trevor Kimble and family, Tom Walker, Mrs. Willa (Umphrey) Wolfe and Mr. and Mrs. (Reil Hannah) Sam Walker, all of Morning Sun.
    • Attend Walker Funeral Here

      The following relatives of the S. N. Walker family attended funeral services for Mr. Walker on Tuesday afternoon of last week:

      Mr. and Mrs. George Walker, Mr. and Mrs. R. T. (sic: T. R.) Dotson of West Burlington; Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Walker and Doris and Mr. and Mrs. Bill Brumm of New London; Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Virden, Mt. Pleasant; Mr. and Mrs. Bill Lox, Oquawka, Illinois; Mrs. Elwood Marshall, Fort Madison; Mr. and Mrs. Larry Smith, Winfield; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Walker, Burlington; Mr. and Mrs. Sam C. Walker, Mr. and Mrs. William D. Walker, Marion; Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Walker, Marengo; Mr. and Mrs. Lee Walker, Crawfordsville; Mrs. Talma Lyons, Alliance, Nebraska; Mr. and Mrs. Roy Fortner and Mrs. Lloyd Allen and Pamela of Detroit, Michigan; Mr. and Mrs. Verl Van Houten and family, Corpus Christi, Texas; Miss Elsie Walker, Benton, Arkansas; Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Sanders, Osceola; Mr. and Mrs. Austin Reynolds, Baxter; Mrs. Rodney Phillips and Cressie Edgar, Panora.
    • Tests stifled wedded bliss

      In 1941, Burlington was a boom town. The economy was jumping. There were jobs for everyone.

      So with good times here, why did the number of marriages in Des Moines County dwindle dramatically?

      In 1940, 1367 marriage licenses were issued at the local courthouse. In 1941 there were but 567.

      Were fewer people getting married? Had living in sin become socially acceptable?

      No, said county officials. More likely the decline was the result of a new Iowa law requiring couples to have blood tests before being issued a license.

      J. D. Jackson, clerk of the district court, said it was likely couples were eloping, and the Hawk-Eye Gazette reported that "the parade of couples wishing to dodge the blood test now marches into Missouri" 40 miles away.

      Not only did the "Show Me" state eschew blood tests -- it didn't even require a witness to the ceremony.

  • Sources 
    1. [S209] Walker, William David "Bill" - Obituary (Hawk Eye), (originally published in The Hawk Eye, page 25, March 6, 1977; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 4).

    2. [S210] Walker, William David "Bill" - Obituary (Marion Sentinel), (originally published in The Marion Sentinel, page 3, March 10, 1977; Marion, Linn County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).