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William “Red” Curtis Walker

Birth Date: October 15, 1922
Death Date: May 26, 2018

William “Red” Curtis Walker, 95, of Decatur, passed away Saturday, May 26, 2018, at his daughter’s home in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Red was born October 15, 1922, in Decatur, IL to Haven L and Ruth L (Chenoweth) Walker. Red proudly served in the United States Army during WWII. He married Sarah “Dora” Mattingly on February 23, 1952 in Kentucky.

Red is survived by his daughter, Patricia Burge of Colorado Springs, CO; four grandchildren, Jason Burge, Monica Bussell, Mary Burge and Laura Burge; three great-grandchildren, Harvey Burge, Isadora Burge and Elijah Bussell; three brothers, Don Walker, Roy Walker and Shorty Walker; and two sisters, Mabel Williams and Alice Bray.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dora; and his son, William Curtis Walker, Jr.

Graveside services to celebrate the life of Red Walker will be 10 a.m. Saturday, June 2, 2018, at Salem Cemetery in Decatur. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, June 1, 2018, at Moran & Goebel Funeral Home 2801 North Monroe Street, Decatur, Illinois 62526. Full military honors will be conducted by the Macon County Honor Guard, at the cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care, 2550 Tenderfoot Hill Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80906.

Arrangements by Moran & Goebel Funeral Home, 2801 N. Monroe Street, Decatur, IL 62526. View the obituary, send condolences, and share memories with the family at

June 1, 2018
5:00 pm
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Moran & Goebel Funeral Home
2801 North Monroe Street Decatur, Il 62526
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Graveside Service
June 2, 2018
10:00 am
Salem Cemetery
Decatur, IL
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  1. I absolutely loved when Aunt Dora and Uncle Red visited. They both brought laughter with the endless stories around the table. Uncle Red was so cool in my eyes. The creme yellow car ( can’t remember the make, but was the coolest car I’d seen), pipe smoking ( how scandalous-ha!). Jokes galore, unabashedly giving his never mild opinions , made for much lively discussions. Think we went to a park by the St Louis Arch for a 4 th of July event that was a big deal to me then as we didn’t sight see very often. Rest In Peace and join your bride in heaven to raise a ruckus.

  2. My condolences to Patty and her family. I didn't get to visit with Dora and Red very often, but it was always enjoyable to spend time with them. God bless Uncle Red.

  3. Uncle Red moves back to decatur when I was a young boy of about 7 or 8. He was always smoking that pipe and thinking about things. I loved how he would problem solve and stay calm when we ran into an issue (which seemed often) on something mechanical. Smelling his pipe and listening to his wisdom bring back wonderful memories from my childhood.

  4. 35 years ago he and aunt Dora came to Coldwater, Ohio for my wedding. He was towing his boat. The day of the wedding was beautiful and he was planning his fishing for Sunday. About 8 PM Saturday night it turned cold and started snowing….. He was not happy about not getting to go fishing…. He did have great stories….

  5. We will miss Uncle Red dearly and have wonderful memories of him. Our sympathies are with Patti and all of the family.

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