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Robert Bennett Walker

March 13, 1956 — February 18, 2022

Robert Bennett Walker

Our beloved Robert Bennett Walker passed into peace on Friday, February 18, 2022. He was born in Okeene, Oklahoma, to Ben and Virginia Walker, on March 13, 1956. He spent his early years adventuring in the Okeene hills with his five brothers and sister. In 1965, the family moved to the family farm in Carrier, a small community northwest of Enid, Oklahoma, where he attended North Enid elementary Carrier High School, and was in the first graduating class from Chisholm High School. He was active in the FFA program, worked for local farmers, and helped on the family farm. He also played football and was renowned for making a touchdown on a 50-yard fumble return. Out of high school, he attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University then transferred and graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor's degree in microbiology. He later returned to Oklahoma State University to get a degree in petroleum technology. After years of working in the oilfield, operating a workover rig, he attended the University of Oklahoma where he obtained another degree in environmental engineering. He spent the majority of his career working for the State of Oklahoma, Department of Environmental Quality, reviewing technical plans for public water supplies and wastewater treatment facilities for municipalities across the state. Robert was the beloved husband of Nancy Fulton Walker. Robert and Nancy met while he was a student at OSU and she was a student in Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma. They were married on June 24, 1979, and lived in Enid, until 1987. In October, 1980, they became the proud parents of a beautiful daughter. From the moment she was born, she was adored by her dad and the admiration was mutual. In 1987, this young family moved to Oklahoma City and established it as their home. Robert was a master at everything mechanical and technical. He loved to work on any kind of engine and could fix anything and everything. Robert and Nancy totally remodeled a home they lived in Yukon. Anything Nancy could imagine, Robert made it happen. His craftmanship was precise and beautiful. If he didn't know how to do it, he read manuals to figure it out. In the latter years, he would YouTube it. He loved airplanes and helicopters and dreamed of someday building and flying his own craft. He and Nancy also loved to travel, and had several wonderful trips, the last being a trip celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary, that started in Boston, where their daughter now lives, then continued to England, and on to Scotland, where they had hoped to spend extended time in retirement. Robert is preceded in death by his sister, Lynne Suzanne Walker; his father, Ben Walker; and his brother, Kent James Walker. Robert is survived by his mother, Virginia Naberhaus Walker, of Carrier; his wife, Nancy, of Edmond, Oklahoma; his daughter, Elizabeth Walker Black, of Quincy, MA; his brother and sister-in-law, Randy and Jan Walker, of Enid; his brother and sister-in-law, Steve and Trina Walker, of Lahoma, OK; his brother and sister-in-law, Mike and Carla Walker, of Frazier, CO; his brother and sister-in-law, David and Carol Walker, of Guthrie, Oklahoma; and many beloved nieces and nephews. A celebration of Robert's life will be held at Smith & Kernke Funeral Home, 14624 N. May Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK, on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.
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