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Hershell Wayne "Ike" Walker
A graveside service was held Monday at Lakewood Memorial Park for Hershell Wayne "Ike" Walker, 85, of Ceres. He died Aug. 2, 2011 at Memorial Medical Center, surrounded by family members.

Born Jan. 25, 1926 in Holdenville, Okla., to Homer and Myrtle Walker, Hershell was one of seven children. Ike joined the Navy and served during World War II aboard the USS Concord which fired the last shot in the war against Japan. In 1948 he met and married Faye Tipton to whom he was married for 56 years before her death in 2005. Ike worked for years in the oil fields then later as a driller aboard a floating oil rig. Ike was a proud member of the Ceres Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #10293 and served on the honor guard. Mr. Walker had been chosen to be a part of the Freedom Flight and was to have flown this September to Washington, DC to tour the WWII Memorial with other vets.

He leaves behind his wife, Leona Barnhart-Walker of Ceres; his children, Dr. Phillip Walker, Pamela Hampton, Paula Walker, Craig Barnhart and Glenda Barnhart; his brother, Don Walker; and eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Remembrances may be sent to the Ceres VFW Post 10293, c/o Pat Sobotka, 2216 Trina Lane, Ceres, CA 95307.

-Ceres Courier/ August 10, 2011