JOHN W. WALKER
John William Walker was born April 18, 1942, in Springfield, Mo., to Carol Dwight Walker and Virginia Rose Dyer. He enlisted in the Navy and was stationed on the USS Ranger in the Pacific theater until 1962. He continued his Naval service as a reservist until 1966. He then began pursuing his dream of becoming a police officer. He enrolled in the Kansas City Missouri Police Department Academy, graduating as valedictorian of his class in 1967. He went on to protect and serve the Kansas City, MO community for 30 years as a member of the police force. During his career he worked in numerous departments but most of his tenure was dedicated to the Sex Crimes and Accident Investigation Units. He earned the rank of Sergeant and most of his PD family knew him affectionately as "Big John". He was recognized by MADD in 1998 for his work in the Accident Investigation Unit and earned the Lifetime Service Award for Service and Dedication to the Law Enforcement Profession. He also earned his Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from Central Missouri State University in 1974 and served as a Reserve for the U.S Coast Guard from 1977 to 1984. After retirement in 1997, he picked up a little more time for his hobbies including tending his koi ponds and water gardens in the summer and working on his model trains in the winter. He loved reading books, watching old movies and listening to music but he wasn't finished with law enforcement. In 1997, he began a 10 year career as the Director for the Law Enforcement Academy at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo. He was proud to train many new members of the law enforcement community that went on to serve throughout many parts of the state. Even after retiring a second time, he maintained his license as a retired veteran of the force so he could work a few off duty jobs. He loved every minute of being in law enforcement and it brought him great pride to provide for his family while doing something he loved. John is survived by his other great love, his wife of 51 years, Joan Thruston. They met when he was 16 years old working at her father's floral shop in Springfield, Mo. They married in 1965 and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2015 with a wonderful trip to Disney World with the grandkids. He is also survived by his daughter, Melissa Walker Rosenbohm, son-law, Chris Rosenbohm and granddaughter, Ava Rosenbohm of Lee's Summit, Mo., and his son, Matt Walker, daughter-in- law, Dawn Walker and grandsons, Alex Walker and Adam Walker of Raymore, Mo. His grandchildren were his pride and joy and he spent many hours watching their activities and playing with them in his pool at home. John is also survived by his younger brothers, Jim Walker and sister-in-law Judy Walker of Vero Beach, Fla., and Carol Dwight Walker II and sister-in- law, Judy Walker of Lee's Summit, his brother-in-law, Brian Thruston and sister-in-law Jan Thruston of Blue Springs, Mo., and a niece and many nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at Langsford Funeral Home in Lee's Summit. Visitation will be prior to service from 2 to 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial in Lee's Summit Cemetery. Arr.: Langsford Funeral Home, 115 SW Third St. Lee's Summit, MO 64063 (816) 524-3700.
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