HERMITAGE, PA (MyValleyTributes) – Melvin R. Walker, 85, of Hermitage, passed away on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at Sharon Regional Medical Center in Sharon, Pennsylvania.
Melvin was born on March 4, 1934 to Gordon D. and Marie K. (Beck) Walker in Erie, Pennsylvania.
He graduated from Erie Academy High School, earned his bachelor’s degree from Edinboro University and his master’s degree from Penn State University.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1959 in an artillery-based unit stationed in Mainz, Germany.
Melvin was a teacher for West Middlesex High School from 1959 to 1968, Hickory High School from 1968 to 1993 and also worked at Tam O’Shanter Golf Course for ten years.
On June 27th, 1959 he married his wife, Joan (Begeny) Walker, who survives at home.
He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church since 1959 where he served on many committees as president of church council, meals on wheels and the food pantry.
He was also a member of the Sharon University Club where he served as president, Waterford, West Middlesex 610, Sharon 668 and Shenango Valley 810 Masonic Lodges and New Castle Consistory.
Melvin also initiated the wrestling program for West Middlesex Schools in the 1960’s and was a wrestling official for Mercer County Schools.
He enjoyed hunting and was a part owner of a hunting camp in Sheffield, Pennsylvania. He enjoyed the outdoors for recreation and beautification. His most cherished moments were spent with his family.
Melvin is survived by his loving wife, Joan Walker; daughter, Christine (Chester, Jr.) Burger of Hermitage, Pennsylvania; son, Craig (Trina) Walker of Allison Park, Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Andrew and Alex Burger and Jordan and Graham Walker; sisters-in-law, Patricia Higham of Springfield, Missouri, Barbara Travis of San Jose, California, Helen Davidson of Houston, Texas and Betty Jane Walker of Lexington, Kentucky; also his nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by father, Gordon D. Walker; mother, Marie K. Walker; brother, Gordon Walker and brother, Dr. John Walker.
Friends may call Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Sherman Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 2201 Highland Road, Hermitage, Pennsylvania.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 3, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in Christ Lutheran Church, Sharon, Pennsylvania, with Rev. Michael Lozano, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Christ Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, in memory of Melvin R. Walker, 396 Buhl Boulevard, Sharon, PA 16146.
Burial will take place in St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Cemetery.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.shermanfuneralhome.com.
A television tribute will air Tuesday, April 30 at the following approximate times: 12:25 p.m. WKBN, 6:58 p.m. on MyYTV and 10:37 p.m. FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.