‘Dee’ Dwight Douglas Walker, age 69, of rural Morning Sun, died Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at Trinity Hospital in Rock Island, Illinois. The son of Custer Monroe and Neva Lucille Buchanan Walker, he was born on January 30, 1945 in Burlington. He married ‘Evie’ Evelyn Dell Underwood on July 11, 1964 in Wapello.
Dee graduated from Wapello High School in 1963. He worked at Rath Packing in Columbus Junction for 18 years. He then was self employed in farming, commercial fishing, turtle trapping and farming, and operated D & E Fur & Root where he established Red Minnows. He belonged to FFA in high school. He was a lifetime member of the Iowa Trappers Association and National Trappers Association, the NRA, and North American Hunting Club. He was a member of the Turtle Association, Arizona Trappers Association, and the FAA. He was among the first American trappers to go to Russia in 1991. He was an avid horseshoe player, hunter, fisherman, trapper, and modern day Mountain Man.
His family includes his wife, Evie; three children, Wade & Ramona Walker of Morning Sun, Brenda & Jimmy Millard of Birmingham, and Kathy & Jim Wiegand of Oquawka, Illinois; ten grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; 3 brothers, Sam Walker of Morning Sun, Larry Walker of Wapello, and Tom Walker of Morning Sun; a sister, Lila Connolly of Wapello; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
The funeral ceremony for Dee Walker will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, May 12, 2014, at the Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home in Wapello with Pastor Dan Doolin officiating. Burial will follow at the Harrison Cemetery, rural Wapello.
The family will meet friends from 4:00 to 6:00 PM on Sunday at the Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home.
A Memorial Fund has been established for the benefit of the Iowa Trappers Association.