Lowell-Tims Funeral Home
1100 E. Tamarack Road
Altus, Oklahoma 73521
William (Bill) Gardner Walker, age 90, of Altus, passed away late Monday evening, January 23, 2017, at Jackson County Memorial Hospital, in Altus.
He was born October 28, 1926, in Altus, Oklahoma to Gardner and Faye Walker. A graduate of Altus High School, he married Loreta F. Vaughan Walker, June 25, 1949, in Vernon, TX. In 1951 Loreta and Bill had their first child, Stephanie K. Walker Brater, followed by Kristi L. Walker in 1953 and then Brad Walker in 1960.
Bill was one of the first employees hired by Continental Carbon in Ponca City, OK when he began working there in 1954. He would spend the next 40 years with Continental Carbon, working his way up to Director for Manufacturing in Houston, TX. Bill’s expertise in carbon black production took him all over the world, from Spain, Scotland and the Netherlands, to Australia and Taiwan. IN 1976 he was transferred to Seoul Korea to manage the Lucky Gold Star/Conoco joint venture, which included the construction and opening of a new carbon black plant in Yo Seu, South Korea.
Bill was drafted in WWII and was shipped to Ft. Ord, California in preparation for the invasion of Japan when the war ended. After the war he joined the 45th Division as part of the Oklahoma Army National Guard. He received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant, specializing in tank warfare. Bill served as a tanker in the Korean War in 1951-52 where he saw action at the DMZ north of Seoul. He generally held the war stories close to his heart as have most men of his era. It was ironic that later in his career he ended up living in Korea for 4 years working in the carbon black industry.
When Bill retired from Continental Carbon in 1994 he was widely recognized within the industry as one of the foremost experts in the production of carbon black. A few years after retiring he returned to Altus where he spent many years with his friends in the pursuit of his favorite past times: golfing and fishing.
One of his greatest sources of affection were his granddaughters; Aimee Brater of Seattle, Washington, Gabriela Walker of New York, New York, and Giuliana Walker of Bethesda, Maryland.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents and his infant sister, DeEtte Walker. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Loreta; his daughters, Stephanie Walker Brater of Indianapolis, IN and her husband Craig; Kristi Walker of San Diego, CA; and his son Brad Walker of Bethesda, Maryland and his wife Valerie. He is also survived by his sister Lila Walker Shadid of Altus, Oklahoma and his brother Maxie Walker of Fort Smith, Arkansas and his wife Gerre Walker. In addition, he is also survived by four nieces, Robin Shadid Wray and her husband Chris and two children Kelsey and Christoper. Also, DeEtte Walker of Atlanta, Georgia and her husband John, Janine Walker Whitson of Fort Smith, Arkansas and her husband Allen and Darla Walker of Fort Smith, Arkansas. Bill had two loving caretakers Judy Graham and Debbie Wright.
In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to the Loreta Vaughn Walker and William “Bill” Walker Scholarship. Memorials may be made to the WOSC Foundation in memory of William Walker. 2801 N. Main, Altus, Oklahoma or www.wosc.edu