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James Walker Sr.

January 22, 1944 — October 12, 2016

James L. Walker Sr., 72, of Rio, IL died Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at home. Cremation has been accorded. Memorial services are 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Peterson-Wallin-Knox Funeral Home in Alpha. Private burial will be at a later date. Friends may greet the family from 9-11 a.m. prior to services at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Oxford American Legion Post 1197 and online condolences can be made at

He was born January 22, 1944 in Sonoma, California to Virgil and Ada Mowry Walker. James married Janet DeRammelaere in 1967. On July 4, 1987, he married Francey J. Barth in Moline, IL.

He was employed at Deere and Company for over twenty years and owned Walker’s Garage in Alpha. Jim was a “jack of all trades”.

Jim was a member of the American Legion and the Central Illinois ABATE.

Of his many interests and passions which included building and racing stock cars (#87) and his Harley Davidson, the love of his life was his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Fran; three daughters, Susan (Christopher) Sidener of Peoria, IL; Donna Engesser of Galva, IL; Amy Walker of East Moline, IL; one son, Michael (Martha) Barth of Davenport, Iowa; special son, Kevin (Amanda) Nichols of Woodhull, IL; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; two sisters, Karen (Terry) Meidroth; Mary Walker, all of Peoria, IL; one brother, David (Rosalee) Walker of Peoria, IL; several nieces and nephews.

His parents, one son, James Jr., one grandson, one great granddaughter and two brothers, Fred and John preceded him in death.

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