Wilbert John Walcker
Funeral services for Wilbert J. Walcker, 84, of Hebron, will be at 11 a.m. CST, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at First Baptist Church in Hebron, with Pastor David Ling officiating. Burial will follow in First Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will be receiving friends from 5 to 8 p.m. CST, on Thursday, Dec. 5, at First Baptist Church.
Wilbert passed away Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at Marion Manor in Glen Ullin.
Wilbert was born April 2, 1929, in Washburn, the son of Philip J. and Magdalena (Hoffman) Walcker. Willie grew up and attended school through the eighth grade. Willie joined the Army in 1948 at Bismarck and he was honorably discharged at Fort Bliss, Texas, in August 1949. Upon returning to North Dakota Willie started his working career at Equity Elevator in Turtle Lake.
Willie married Eldena Wahl on Oct. 19, 1951, at Roseglen, and to this union five children were born: Wanda, Barry, Clinton, Cindy and Laura. In 1966, Willie accepted the manager position at the Peavey Elevator in Hebron and on the coldest January day possible he moved his family to Hebron. Willie spent the next 19 years working as manager of the PV and Conagra elevators in Hebron.
Willie’s memorable accomplishments were being named Boss of the Year in 1975 by the Hebron Jaycees and being named Far West Manager of the Year in 1979 by the Peavey Company. As a reward for this, Willie and his wife, Eldena, received a memorable trip to Hawaii. Willie retired from Conagra in 1985.
In retirement Willie enjoyed walking, playing pinochle, being outdoors, helping out at church and the senior center, baking Rice Krispy bars and pies for friends, (they were the best in a tri-state area) and visiting with his family and many friends.
Willie was a faithful member of First Baptist Church in Hebron, serving many years as a trustee and an usher. The beautiful evergreens around the Baptist church in Hebron are one of many reminders of Willie’s love and dedication to his beloved church. He was also a member of the Brick City Senior Center and Turtle Lake Fire Department, where he served as fire chief.
Willie is survived by: his sons, Barry (Sonja) Walcker, of Golden, Colo., and Clinton (Noreen) Walcker, of Bismarck; three daughters, Wanda Schlenvogt, of Grand Junction, Colo., Cindy (Joel) Bosch, of Sun Lakes, Ariz., and Laura (Dale) Sayler, of Hebron; two sisters, Violet Walcker, of Underwood, Louise (Bryan) Grondahl, of Bismarck; sister-in-law, Irene Walcker, of Garrison, and Beverly Walcker, of Underwood; a brother-in-law, Layton Freborg, of Underwood; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Eldena; brothers, Theodore, Raymond and Milton Walcker; a sister, Delilah Freborg; a sister-in-law, Ruth Walcker; a daughter-in-law, Sue Walcker, and a granddaughter, Christy Walcker.
Willie will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
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Spangelo-Stevenson Funeral Home, Glen Ullin/Hebron, N.D.