Jake River Walker was born in Star City, Arkansas on February 11, 1935, as the first son to the union of Toy Walker and Amanda Bowers. As the family grew, they moved from Arkansas to Kansas City, Missouri when Jake was ten years old. Jake was educated in the Kansas City School District.
As a young adult, Jake spent time in California. He later returned to Kansas City, where he started his career with the city. Anyone who knew him, knew that if you wanted something done, he was the man to get the job done. He knew who to call, how it should be done, and the right price. He honed and perfected those skills until he retired as a supervisor in the city’s waste management division in 1995.
Jake joined the Blue Valley Masonic Lodge which later combined to become the Cole Finch Lodge #186 of the Masonic Order of the Second District. He became a Gold Card Member (signifying over 40 years) and became a freemason of the 32°. He served as a Past Master and became a patron in the Order of Eastern Star.
Jake was a member of Haven of Rest Baptist Church until he joined Jamison Memorial Temple in 2004. He became very active in Jamison including faithfully serving as a trustee and becoming the chairman of the Trustee Board. He brought his work ethic and his skills to his “second career” by bringing the proper resources and personnel together to transform the church facilities and maintenance. He was the “go-to” guy for the Church. Because of this dedication to the needs of the Church, he became the role model in the formation of the CREW who loved to refer to him as “the BOSS”.
His civic and community involvement also included being a member of the men fellowship group “Men United in Christ” meeting monthly for male Christian fellowship. His involvement in Men United in Christ was also instrumental in helping several youth from Jamison being awarded scholarships from the group.
Jake married his current wife, Shirley, May 1, 2004. He was a very loving, devoted, and faithful husband. They loved traveling including many road trips to Arkansas, Texas, and Wisconsin to visit family and friends. His most treasured vacation spot was Arkansas with is brother in laws on their farmland enjoying the freedom of country life including checking on the cows on the four wheeler. He enjoyed traveling, cooking, fishing, watching “Westerns”, visiting, and interacting with all of his family. He never met a stranger and treated everyone as a loved one.
Jake, Daddy, PawPaw, Papa Jake, Brother Walker, BOSS, OG were the many terms of endearment for him.
On Thursday, April 21, 2022, Jake R. Walker was called home to rest by his “Heavenly Father”
Jake leaves to cherish his memory, a loving wife, Shirley Walker; sisters, Ernestine Gordan, Clairetha (Stanley) Griggs, Darthene (Gerald) Buckman; children, Linda(Charles) Hammond, William “Tony” Carter, Jake D. Walker, Lisa Danette(Eddie) Conely, R. Dewayne Walker, Rita Darlene Palmore, Leon Parie, Joan Green, Carlos Green, Van, Glenda Smith, Cynthia Ward, and Leland Ward and a very special granddaughter; 12 grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, great-grandchildren, family, and friends.
Waiting to greet Jake in God’s Glory are many relatives and friends including his parents, Toy & Amanda Walker, his brother, Harvey L. Walker, nephew, Stanley Griggs Jr., and Bertha Walker.
Funeral Service will be held Saturday, April 30, 2022, 11am at Jamison Memorial Temple. Interment Forest Hill Cemetery. Masonic Ceremonial 10am-11am. Visitation from 9-10am at the church. Service conducted by Lawrence A. Jones & Sons Funeral Chapel. Condolences may be shared on our website. Livestream www.mtcsunset.com
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