Melvin R. Walker

Born: Sun., Mar. 4, 1934
Died: Sun., Apr. 28, 2019


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., May 02, 2019
Location: Stephen J Sherman Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., May 03, 2019
Location: Christ Lutheran Church

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Melvin R. Walker, 85, of Hermitage, passed away on Sunday April 28th, 2019 at Sharon Regional Medical Center in Sharon, PA.  
Melvin was born on March 4th, 1934 to Gordon D. and Marie K. (Beck) Walker in Erie, PA. He graduated from Erie Academy High School, earned his bachelor’s degree from Edinboro University, and his master’s degree from Penn State University. He served in the US Army from 1957 to 1959 in an artillery-based unit stationed in Mainz, Germany. Melvin was a teacher for West Middlesex High School from 1959 to 1968, Hickory High School from 1968 to 1993, and also worked at Tam O’Shanter Golf Course for 10 years. On June 27th, 1959 he married his wife Joan (Begeny) Walker, who survives at home.
He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church since 1959 where he served on many committees as president of church council, meals on wheels, and the food pantry. He was also a member of the Sharon University Club where he served as president, Waterford, West Middlesex 610, Sharon 668, and Shenango Valley 810 Masonic Lodges, and New Castle Consistory. Melvin also initiated the wrestling program for West Middlesex Schools in the 1960’s and was a wrestling official for Mercer County Schools. He enjoyed hunting and was a part owner of a hunting camp in Sheffield, PA. He enjoyed the outdoors for recreation and beautification. His most cherished moments were spent with his family.
Melvin is survived by his loving wife Joan Walker, daughter, Christine (Chester Jr.) Burger of Hermitage, PA, son, Craig (Trina) Walker of Allison Park, PA, grandchildren Andrew and Alex Burger, Jordan and Graham Walker, sister in laws, Patricia Higham of Springfield, MO, Barbara Travis of San Jose CA, Helen Davidson of Houston, TX, Betty Jane Walker of Lexington, KY, also his nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by father, Gordon D. Walker, mother, Marie K. Walker, brother, Gordon Walker, and brother, Dr. John Walker.
Friends may call Thursday May 2nd, 2019 from 4: 00 pm to 7:00 pm at SHERMAN Funeral Home & Cremation Service 2201 Highland Rd.  Hermitage, PA.
Funeral services will be held on Friday May 3rd, 2019 at 11:00 am in Christ Lutheran Church, Sharon, PA with Rev. Michael Lozano, officiating.                              

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Christ Lutheran Church Memorial Fund in memory of Melvin R. Walker 396 Buhl Blvd. Sharon, PA 16146.
Burial will take place in St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Cemetery.
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Arrangements entrusted to the SHERMAN Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

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Mark D Davidson
   Posted Mon April 29, 2019
My Uncle Melvin was a great man, a great teacher and was really a lot of fun. He taught me how to play gin rummy when I was thirteen, and was always a gracious host when my family visited Pennsylvania. I am certain he is in heaven, and in his heaven the Pirates and the Penguins always win! THAT is a great eternal life! My condolences to the entire Walker family.

Michael Moyle
   Posted Mon April 29, 2019
Melvin was one of those guys that made you laugh at yourself and at himself too. I looked forward to his visits at camp when we had our get togethers in Sheffield at the Black Moose. He was one of those with a kind gentle soul and it was a sincere pleasure that I got to know Mel during those years at camp.
God has you in His hands now. Until we meet again, bless you my friend.

Jim Garity
   Posted Mon April 29, 2019
My sincerest sympathy for your loss. Mel was a wonderful person that will be missed by all. So glad I had the privilege of knowing him.

Jack and Carole Miller
   Posted Tue April 30, 2019
Dear Joan,
We are so sad to hear of Mel's passing. Please know that we send our deepest and most heartfelt sympathies along with lots of prayers to you and your family.
Love from Jack and Carole

Mary Kay Rodenbaugh
   Posted Tue April 30, 2019
Chris and family so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Hugh Ringer
   Posted Thu May 02, 2019

I was saddened to learn of Melvin's passing. This news brought to mind some good talks we had in the locker room at Mercer High School when Mel was preparing to officiate wrestling matches. What a first-class guy he was!

I know this is a difficult time for you, Joan. But I know that with the collective strength of your wonderful family and your abiding faith you will persevere. God bless you!

John and Jayne Miller
   Posted Fri May 03, 2019
We were profoundly saddened to learn of Mel's passing. Our heartfelt sympathies to the family and all who knew him. We are so grateful that we got to share some time with him and his family.

Susan Dilley
   Posted Fri May 03, 2019
Dear Joan and Family, Dan and I would like to express our sympathy to you and family. I told Dan today I still remember a soup conversation with Mel last Lenten season. We talked about barley and how I cooked it. What a great man. He will be missed by all. The funeral was a beautiful remembrance of Mel.. Our thoughts and prayers... Dan and Sue.

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