George Ferdinand Walker

BUCKHANNON — George Ferdinand Walker, 80, of Rock Cave, passed away at home on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. He was born in Trenton, N.J. to his parents George and Lilas Walker on Sept. 24, 1936. Married to his beloved wife, Nancy Hamilton Walker on Aug. 31, 1962, he shared almost 55 years of blessed marriage with her. He is survived by his wife Nancy, and their children: son Greg, of Dallas, Texas; daughter Colleen, of Duluth, Ga.; son Brian and daughter-in-law Billie Jo, of Rock Cave; Heather, of Cartersville, Ga.; Gary and daughter-in-law Melina, of Columbus, N.J.; and Barry and daughter-in-law Jane, of British Columbia Canada.  His three grandchildren will dearly miss their Pop Pop:  Lilas and Alden, of Duluth, Ga. and Evangeline, of Columbus, N.J. He is also survived by three brothers: Ted and his wife Paula; Richard; Ralph and his wife Judy; as well as several uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and two previous sons-in-law Jon and Chris. George was a veteran of the United States Navy Reserve. He worked as a mathematician and chemical engineer for 38 years in New Jersey.  George was an amateur astronomer for almost twenty years as a member of the Association of Amateur Astronomers of Princeton, N.J. (AAAP) until moving to West Virginia in 2005 when he became a member of the Central Appalachian Astronomy Club (CAAC) and enjoyed his time building and sharing his mountainside observatory with family and friends. He looked forward to visits from his children and grandchildren where they enjoyed fishing, four wheeling, discussions around the fire, launching rockets and working on various projects with them. He will be dearly missed by family and friends alike.  A member of the Seventh-day Day Adventist Church in Buckhannon, he also spent a great deal of time reading and studying the Word of God. Friends and family are invited to gather for a Celebration of Life Service at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1122 Brushy Fork Road, Buckhannon, WV at 2 p.m. on Saturday July 29, 2017. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of George F. Walker to the Seventh-day Adventist Church, PO Box 205, Buckhannon, WV, 26201.

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