Wilburn A. “Tater” Walker 1922 - 2012 Lawrence
Wilburn A. “Tater” Walker, 89, of Lawrence, and a former Parsons resident died at 10:26 a.m., Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at St. Luke’s Hospital at Kansas City, Missouri.
He was born on July 5, 1922 at Hulbert, Oklahoma to John J. and Lula B. (Hurley) Walker. The family moved to Parsons when he was five where he grew up and attended schools. He served in the United States Army during World War II in the European Theater for two and a half years as a Sergeant First Class in a reconnaissance unit observing German positions.
He and Gwendolyn Lipscomb were married on September 16, 1942 at Parsons, Kansas. She survives of the home.
Following his honorable discharge he returned to Parsons where he owned and operated Walker Excavating and Grading. He acquired a hot-mix asphalt plant in 1960. He was a member of the Kansas Conservation Contractors Association and won an award as best contractor of the year in 1966. He served four years as president of the Southeast Kansas Contractors. He sold his business in 1970.
He purchased a weekend home on Grand Lake in 1962 and moved there following his retirement. He then purchased the Evergreen Mobile Home Park and was there until 1976. During his time at Grove he was a board member of the Grand Lake Association. He moved to Ft. Myers Beach, Florida where he spent his winters and spent the rest of the year traveling in his RV with his wife across the United States and Canada. He moved to Lawrence in 2009.
He was a member of the First Christian Church. He enjoyed spending time on Grand Lake and the Gulf of Mexico, fishing, boating, and traveling.
In addition to his wife Tater is survived by his son, Dustin Walker, and his wife, Kathy of Lawrence; a sister, Ruth Speights, and her husband, Floyd of Joplin; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 17, 2012 at the Oakwood Cemetery. Friends may call the Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Parsons at their convenience. The casket will remain closed. Memorials are suggested to the choice of the donor and these may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, 112 N. 26th St., P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357. Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.