Jake Walker, 65, passed away March 10, 2019, from cancer in Wichita, Kansas, with his beloved wife Pam, daughter Tammy (Joshua) of Elk City, Oklahoma, and son Casey (Stephanie) of Lake Lotawana, Missouri, and other loved ones near.
Jake was born December 4, 1953, in Mooreland, Oklahoma, to Patricia Anne (Frye) and Jack D. Walker. He was the second of five brothers. Dan (Lyndee) of Fort Worth, Texas; Mick of Quinlin, Oklahoma; Gus of Alva, Oklahoma; and Bill (Karen) of Woodward, Oklahoma, survive him.
Freedom, Oklahoma, was his claim to a hometown. He graduated from Freedom High School in 1971. During early adulthood Jake worked as a hand for Lee Trammel before attending Frank Phillips College in Borger, Texas. Later he returned to Freedom where he was employed at Schroeder Feed Lot, Freedom Farmer's Coop and Woods County.
A move to Reno, Nevada, took him away from northwest Oklahoma for nearly 20 years. There he raised his two children. In June of 1994 he married the love of his life, Pam (Wilson). Jake was employed by Sierra Pest Control, in addition to being an antique dealer and furniture refinisher.
He returned to the flatlands in 2003, ultimately landing in Woodward, Oklahoma, working for Buddy's Tools. Upon retirement Jake settled in Wichita, Kansas, with Pam to be closer to her family. They shared a home with his mother-in-law, Barbara Karsting.
Known as "Duckie" by Tammy's daughter Horizon and Casey's son Charles, his grandchildren were his absolute joy. Jake enjoyed kids, and they him. He will be fondly remembered by his many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews and a collection of others he "adopted" over the years.
Family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and customers appreciated Jake's easy way. He has often been referred to as "a good man" by those who had known him. They will likely recall Jake as a proud American and a loyal Sooners fan in addition to being a devoted father and grandfather. He was also an avid reader. His acumen for obscure words gave him the definite advantage when playing board games.
Perhaps most recognized about Jake was his passion for rattlesnake hunting. His most treasured memories were of the team of Wes Kornele, Jake Walker and Phillip Welty trekking across Oklahoma and into Southern Texas seeking to best their own records with the largest snake. They planned free time and vacations around the efforts and participated in countless hunts, often with the result of a trophy. The largest prize, however, was the enduring friendship they shared over the decades.
A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Saturday, March 30, 2019, from 2 to 4 p.m. in Freedom at the Freedom American Legion Building.
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