Harold B. "Skipp" Walker Jr., 65, of Monroeville, died at his home Sunday morning, Oct. 6, 2013, surrounded by loved ones, following a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born Nov. 13, 1947, in Peterborough, N.H., son of Harold and Dorothy (Black) Walker.
He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, and was assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing. With his vast knowledge of fiberglass and honeycomb panels, he became a liaison between General Dynamics and the Air Force FB 111 project and served two worldwide duties. He was in Vietnam during the fall of Vietnam and again during the Mayaguez incident.
Skipp held an associate degree in aerospace science and was also a graduate of the NCO Academy, and certified in high performance aircraft. He also owned and operated various businesses in Columbus, Port Clinton and Milan. He was employed at IAC (Lear) for fifteen years.
Harold (Skipp) was active in the American Legion, Erie County Heritage Society, and was a former Chairman of UAW Local 913 Standing Veterans Committee. He enjoyed anything aviation, military, country living, reconnecting with family, friends, and spending time with his wife, Cindy, and especially his cat, Skeeter.
Harold is survived by his wife of 22 years, Cynthia Millis-Walker; three daughters, Barbara (Wayde) Alford of Stayton, Ore., Tammy (Robert) Waid of Hertford, N.C., and Chastity (Schuyler) Smith of North Fairfield, Ohio; one son, Harold (Tammee) Walker III of Spokane, Wash.; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three sisters; five brothers; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters; and one brother.
A celebration of Skipp's life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, for family, friends, fellow veterans, and UAW brothers and sisters, at his beloved farm at 6502 Strecker Road, Monroeville. Military honors will be presented and Rev. Dr. Wayne Chasney will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to the donors favorite charity in memory of Skipp.
Pfeil Funeral Home, Monroeville Chapel, 109 Monroe St., is assisting the family with the arrangements. Condolences may be shared with the family at pfeilfuneralhome.com.