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B.J. “Jim” Walker died Sept. 28, 2015, at the age of 79.
He was born May 9, 1936, and grew up in Mount Hope, West Virginia. He and his first wife, Shirley, lived in Woodbury, Minnesota where they raised three daughters.
BJ was a 37-year employee of UNIVAC/Sperry/Unisys, where he was director of operations in Roseville, Minnesota. His passion was serving as a volunteer paramedic and firefighter for the Woodbury Fire Department where he was also business administrator and rescue captain.
He was a charter member of the Woodbury Jaycees and Woodbury Lions Club and was most proud of his work with the Woodbury planning commission, as the community grew from a township of 3,000 to a city of 67,000 residents.
B.J. later moved to Northern Virginia and remarried, helping raise two stepchildren. B.J. and his wife Linda moved to Williamsburg in 2007 for their retirement home.
B.J. was preceded in death by his parents, Oswald and Dorothy Walker.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Walker; daughters, Dawn Walker, of Woodbury, Minnesota, Stephanie Walker Huss (Phil), of Durango, Colorado and Cheryl Walker Vatsaas (Rick), of Eagan, Minnesota; stepchildren, Brad Mowery (Lauren), of Williamsburg and Michelle Mowery, of Falls Church; sister, Sally Slack (Bob), of Charleston, West Virginia; brothers, Tim Walker (Nancy), of Vernon, Connecticut and Bill Walker, of Houston; eight grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, at Wellspring Methodist Church in Williamsburg. The funeral will be followed by an open house reception from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at Colonial Heritage Clubhouse in Williamsburg.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization B.J. strongly supported, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Nelsen Funeral Home.
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