John A. Walker

Oct 21, 2017
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11:00 AM on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at Grace Reformed Church (520 Maxwell Ave, Waterloo)


4:00 PM ‑ 7:00 PM on Friday, October 27 at Locke Funeral Home


Rock Island National Cemetery on Monday, October 30, 2017 at 1:00 pm; with military rites.


American Cancer Society; or Hope Lodge at Rochester, MN; or SHD Cedar Valley Honor Flight


John A. “Johnny” Walker, age 93, of Shell Rock and formerly of Waterloo, died at Shell Rock Health Care Center on Saturday, October 21, 2017.

He was born on February 19, 1924 in Pine Island, MN; the son of John Alvin Sr. and Helen Schlief Walker. Johnny graduated from Rochester High School in 1941. 

He married Ione Kujath on April 27, 1943 in Kasson, MN; she preceded him in death on April 3, 2012.
Johnny worked 44 years in the beverage industry, starting in Rochester, MN and Milwaukee, WI; he then worked for Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company in Waterloo and retired as production manager in 1989.

He served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theatre during WWII, he was wounded in Okinawa and received a purple heart; Johnny was honorably discharged in December 1945. He was a member of St. Timothy's United Methodist Church in Cedar Falls; he was a lifetime member of the VFW, American Legion, Purple Heart, and the Disabled American Veterans organization.

Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Reimer of Wauwatosa, WI and Sheryl (Michael) Sires of Shell Rock, IA; a son, Craig Walker of Omaha, NE; seven grandchildren, Christopher Reimer, Rachel (Bryan) Becker, Jason (Kathryn) Reimer, Adam (Ashley) Sires, John A. Walker IV, Jered Walker, and Amy Kramer; and two great grandsons, Mason Kramer and Jordan Kramer. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ione; and a son, John A. Walker III. 


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  1. Sheila Kerns | Oct 26, 2017

    John and Ione were one of a kind, if there was ever true love it was them. I recall when we moved into our home across the street January 22, 1997 and wondered who lived there and what were they like...then came March and this cute couple came pulling into their driveway and Johnny got out went over to the other side to walk in with Ione-they would always walk along the west side of the house first and look at the flowers and things along that side of the house. I knew for some odd reason at that moment we would become the best of friends. So many great stories, so many great memories. God brings people into your life for a reason and I am so very glad Johnny and Ione our #1 Neighbors were in ours. Love and miss them both - Sheila (Steve) Kerns

  2. Kim Brown | Oct 25, 2017

    To Sherry - Craig & family! 

    My thoughts - sympathy & prayers during the loss of your Dad! He loved his family & his 'CC gals'  - his closest friends - of course his squirrel's -everyone who made his his 'JOHNNY CAKES - so very much! 

    I was SO VERY BLESSED to 'hang out & take care of BOTH your parents'! The DEPENDS HAT on my first day there was HILARIOUS! I KNEW I would ENJOY every time I was there too!  Their smiles were contagious in every way too!

    All of my 6 siblings & I were at my Mom's -  with my family helping get my Mom packed & ready to move to a single level home between Saturday thru Tues -  as we were at the new place - someone had 'tiny cans' of Pepsi & I had one - sure THOUGHT of Johnny that day - that was TRULY MEANT TO BE! I had one (a Pepsi) at least one every day - over the next few days till Mom got moved on Tues too - Pepsi was my 'go to drink' = every day while I was gone - always was! SO will always treasure those Pepsi' refreshments every time w/ fond memories of your Dad, Johnny 'the Pepsi guy'! 

    Your Dad just LOVED time sharing stories that's for sure! 

    He loved sharing his 'Ernie & Matte' memories growing up too! :-) 

    I know he LOVED those things that made his treasure the memories of everyone who he knew loved & cared for him - one was his sign in the garage for Ione's Thunderbird - his NO PARKING EXCEPT for SWEDES sign in his garage - always reminded him of his sweetie - too - all of his many rocking horses - the memories of everyone decorating his 'Christmas tree & home'!  I had just recently found a rocking horse for him & brought it to share - 

    Johnny shared with me his 'favorite song' that he let me know would be his last song - because it reminded him of his beautiful wife! I will treasure the FIRST TIME I came to help assist getting Ione to get treatment / appointment -  we were all smiling & just loving life as 'little kids at heart' - THEY BOTH CRACKED ME UP - when your Mom (Ione) looked right at your Dad & smile a great big smile / have that 'look in his eyes- she said "So Dad you want to go put your hat on?" They looked into each others eyes just as two teenager's would  - as I seen their 'crack me up smiles / grins' - he went back to the hallway & came out with a DEPENDS on his head! It was HILARIOUS in EVERY WAY! We always shared that with Johnny over my years of being one of his gals on Upton Ave too. I enjoyed sharing that story together with him as well - when I went to visit him at Thailman Square too - it was a MEMORY Johnny always could 're-remember' no matter what! 

    LOVED even his license plate 'initials of your Dad & his sweetheart'!

    Over that last year - I would wear one of FOUR different hats that he ALWAYS GOT A CHUCKLE OUT OF & would just smile & look right at me "YOU JUST STAY YOU & DON'T CHANGE!" The four hats of course - was a SOMBRERIO hat - a COWBOY hat - a olive green FLOPPY HAT - one other one! He would remind me that I was the 'HAT GAL' - because I got them at St. Vincent DePaul one year - each for a DOLLAR - couldn't choose JUST ONE - so I bought ALL FOUR!  PRECIOUS MEMORIES NO DOUBT! 

    I do have a just a few photos of him (not many though). One is of him sitting in the living room - one of him at the Dining room table with Craig & the grand-kids! So will get them photos to you!

    When I went to visit him at Thailman Square - we'd share stories of his squirrels in his back yard - how they would climb on top of the roof - to the other side.  

    May you guys always cherish his 'gifts' that he shared with us CC gals! When I went to WHC to 'hang out' - even the head gal when I told her I knew Johnny - she told me "Oh you're one of Johnny's gals that he loved & always talked about!" 

    I will truly miss going to 'hang out' with him over at Thailman Square. I would take him for walks in his chair too. I last saw him at the end of September (ish). Of course Johnny always told me "How is it that you can ALWAYS FIND ME NO MATTER WHERE I LIVE!?" I told him when he moved to WHC that I was close enough to ride my bicycle there! He always smiled & would say "WHEN ARE YOU COMING BACK AGAIN TO SEE ME - YOU ARE ALWAYS WELCOME MY FRIEND!"  I was so proud to come spend time 'hangin' out'!  Your Dad, Johnny was genuine to who he was meant to be!  

    Your Dad loved to give hugs too - will miss him so very much - will hold on to those many neat memories of every 'home' - your Dad TRULY LOVED as his Upton home where so many memories were made!

    I TRULY LOVED my TUES' & my WEEKENDS when I spent time - being around your Dad - he was a GEM to me!

    I will always remember your Dad 'Johnny' every October - as it was my birthday just earlier this month too! 

    My # 319.804.9929 if there is anything I can do for you / guys in any way - don't hesitate to let me know.

    If you send me an email - I can SEND those photos I have of your Dad to you ASAP! That one of him sitting in the recliner is nice too - the one of him wearing the Sombraro hat is quite cute even just his smile under the hat was so cute!

    love & prayers! 

    CC aide / friend, 


  3. Dorothy Boll | Oct 25, 2017
    Sherly, I truly enjoyed getting to know your father while he was with us at Thalman and he will always hold a very special place in my heart.  I am so sorry for your loss.  Dorothy Boll
  4. Chip Wood | Oct 24, 2017
    Sheryl and family, Please accept my family's deepest sympathy during this awful time. John was a strong and proud man who always tried to do best for his family. Always had 16oz bottles of Pepsi too. I learned fast not to mention the "C" word in your house. Love you guys, Chip, Ann and kids

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