Earl L. Walker
Earl L. Walker, Jr. 87, of Springfield, died at 7:12 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at his home. He was born on February 5, 1922 in Springfield, the son of Earl L. and Alice L. Harrison Walker, Sr. He was a lifelong resident of Springfield, except for his time in the service with the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1946. He was an aviation machinist mate first class (AMM-1C) and saw duty in dive bombing squadron 3 (VB-3) aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Saratoga earning 3 battle stars in the invasion of the Solomon Islands. He also served on two other aircraft carriers: U.S.S. Prince William and the U.S.S. Thedus Bay. He also saw duty in C.A.S.U.I., C.A.S.U. 38, NAS San Diego, CA, NAS Ottumwa, IA. He was employed at SASCO for 56 years as a salesman, Sales Manager, Secretary and as Vice President.
He also was one of the organizers of the Springfield Sun Newspaper and was an auto racing reporter and photographer. He was a long time member of the U.S.A.C. racing organization.
Survivors: One sister, Catherine L Yeaman, three nieces: Ellen Rhodes of Nokomis, Ruth Ann (Jake) Taapken of Chatham and Hettie (Al) Crocker of Auburn; three nephews: Russel (Linda) Yeaman of Chatham, Thomas (Vickie) Yeaman of Sherman and Earl Yeaman of Springfield and several cousins.
Visitation will be held from 4-7 pm on Monday, October 19, 2009 at Staab Funeral Home with a prayer service at 4 pm. A Funeral Mass will be held at Blessed Sacrament Church at 1 pm on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 with Rev. David Hoefler officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery where military honors will be conducted by the Sangamon County Interveterans Burial Detail.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.