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Leroy (Roy) Samuel Walker

March 12, 1924 — September 1, 2022

Leroy (Roy) Samuel Walker

LeRoy (Roy) Samuel Walker, at the age of 98, passed away on Thursday, September 1, 2022. After 12 years of separation, he is finally reunited with his beautiful wife, Alma “Nickie” Walker. Roy was a caring and loving son, husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He will be greatly missed by his large family and all those who knew him.

Roy was born on March 12, 1924 to Arthur John Walker and Rosanna Doman Walker in Ogden, Utah. As a boy, Roy made the most of his young life growing up in the Ogden area with his three brothers – Rulon, James, and John and two sisters – Nora and Berniece. He was a graduate of Ogden High School.

He served his country during World War II in the US Army serving in the Philippines and in the European theatre. Shortly after basic training, he was sent to the Army Specialized Training Program at the University of Detroit. On September 12, 1943, while staying in Detroit and on his way to a streetcar stop, he met a cute teenage girl who was later to become his wife – Alma (aka Nickie) McDonnell. In a short time, they decided to marry. They agreed to wait to marry until after the war was over. On April 22, 1946, Roy married his sweetheart.

Following his service in the Army, the newlyweds raised their family in California and Michigan. After the children had become adults, Nickie and Roy completed their life together in Utah. And what a wonderful life they have had together with their five daughters: Leslie Snow (Neil), Linda Black (deceased) (Steve) (deceased), Marti Robinson (deceased) (Bill) (deceased), Amy Dix (Robert), and Sarah Mero (Joseph). His daughters will always remember their father by how much he loved his wife, who passed away in July 2010.

Roy worked in a variety of jobs over his career: saw mill operator, painter, selling accounting machines, bookkeeper, accounting dept manager, consultant at CPA firm, marketing manager for a petroleum product, residential construction, and employment agency consultant. In all of these he found some degree of satisfaction, but the job he enjoyed the most was his last job – the job he started at age 65. For the next 13 years, he sold pre-need funeral plans for Goff Mortuary. He appreciated the ethics of the mortuary owner, Del Ballard, and Roy loved being able to be ethical and honest in providing a needed service to people in the community.

If you knew Roy, you knew of his strong testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He served faithfully in many callings in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including bishop and stake president. Serving others is what he loved to do and through Roy’s example, he inspired many.

Roy had a favorite thing to say to his teenaged daughters as they left the family home for dates or other activities: “Remember who you are and what you stand for.” Roy will be truly missed. But because he did remember what he stood for and acted accordingly, we believe that he is with loved ones again: his loving wife, parents, three brothers, two sisters, two daughters and their spouses, and a grandson, Aaron Walker Dix.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so at the visitation on Saturday, September 10th at 9 am or at the funeral service which will be at 10 am, immediately following the visitation. Both will be at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 6109 South 2600 West (Kamas Drive) in Taylorsville, Utah.

Interment will take place at West Weber Cemetery, where he will be laid to rest next to Nickie, his eternal companion and sweetheart. West Weber Cemetery, 4472 West 900 North, Ogden, UT.

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