Charles Nelson “Chuck” Walker Sr. died Friday, September 27, 2019, in Lansing, MI. He was born at Brownsville, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, on October 9, 1945, where he attended school. He lived in a rural area with few amenities but overcame the adversities. He was one of ten children of parents Margaret and Kenneth Walker. Following high school, he joined the U.S. Army and served in Europe.
For over 30 years, Chuck responsibly served the people of Michigan as part of the State Medicaid Program, working as a field representative. His job was solving Medicaid provider billing issues, which required him to travel widely throughout the state to meet with providers. His outgoing personality and warm sense of humor suited him for this role. He was respected by his co-workers and several became his life-long friends who opened their homes to him in which he became a significant part of their families. Some of these closest friends assisted in Chucks last days, offering companionship and comfort as well as arranging care.
Chuck was a frequent attendee at regional casinos. He, Sherri and another co-worker who shared his birth date would make an annual birthday pilgrimage to the casino. He would play, sitting at the penny slots with his Pepsi (with a slice of lime) by his side. He was well-known at the Quality Dairy near his west side home, as well as at his bank and several restaurants. He was a regular walker (pun intended) at Lansing Mall for many years. A sports fan, Chuck was keen on the University of Michigan teams, especially the Fab Five basketball team. In his last days, he was thrilled to receive a warm letter from the U of M basketball office, thanking him for being a devoted fan. He also loved music and had a large music library containing his favorite recordings.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Marva Walker McClain and Louise Walker Martin, brothers James and Nathaniel Walker and a beloved son, Charles Nelson Walker Jr. He is survived by his son Darryn Walker of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, brothers Kenneth, Clyde and Thomas Walker, sisters Martha Walker Davis and Loretta Walker Williams, and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
According to his wishes, there will be no services for Chuck. The Walker family has asked that in memory of Chuck, contributions be made to Mother Teresa House at P.O. Box 13004, Lansing, MI 48901 or McLaren Hospice at 1515 Cal Drive, Davison, MI 48423, and that when you go to your favorite casino, you say a little prayer for Chuck as you pull the lever on the slot machine.