Carl “Jack” Walker, 77, of Essexville, our loving, amazing and gentle husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend went home to be with the Lord on the morning of Monday, September 2, 2013 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Jack was born in Bay City on December 28, 1935, the son of the late Colista and Carl (Mulligan) Walker, Sr. Jack attended Bay City Central High School and graduated with the class of 1955. While Jack was growing up, just around the corner lived a lady by the name of Beverly Schmidt. They became high school sweethearts and were united in marriage on June 9, 1956. Jack proudly served our country with the United States Navy from 1955-1957. Jack loved his God, his family and his country. A hardworking and fair man, Jack owned and operated Walker Music Company. He was a faithful member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and a dedicated member of the Essexville-Hampton Lions Club, where he served as the Tail Twister. He enjoyed golf, bowling, sports, reading, but most of all spending time with his grandchildren. Jack’s honest, true and genuine ways will always live on for generations to come. Jack leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife and soul mate of over fifty seven years, Beverly Walker; loving children, Jodi and husband, Mark Shaw, Kerri and husband, Ray Meeks, Becky and husband, Randy VanTol and Doug and wife, Mia Walker. He was the unconditional loving grandpa of Jaime Shaw, Erik Shaw, Jordan and husband, Marlon Lancaster, Marcie and husband, Tony Cicciarelli, Marti Meeks, Nick VanTol and fiancé, Amanda Gregg, Josh and wife, Nikki VanTol, Chad VanTol, Kaylee VanTol, Dylan Walker and Kendall Walker. Also surviving are five great-grandchildren, Avri and Emri Lancaster, Sophia and Aiden Cicciarelli and Layla VanTol; one great-grandchild on the way, along with Jack’s sister, Geraldine Johnson; brothers-in-law, John and wife, Sharon Schmidt, Donald Francke and Lawrence and wife, Val Meyer, as well as several nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to his parents, Jack was welcomed home to heaven by his sister, Elaine Meyer; mother-in-law, Alta and husband, Norm Murphy; father-in-law, Roy Schmidt; brother-in-law, Richard Schmidt; sisters-in-law, Carol Francke and Sue Zaborski, along with his special friends, Eugene and Rita Smith. Jack’s family will be present to receive visitors on Friday, September 6, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. Lions Memorial Service at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 955 N. Pine Rd., Hampton Twp. On Saturday, September 7, 2013, Jack will be taken to St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 206 Scheurman St., Essexville, where visiting will continue from 1:00 p.m. until the time of Jack’s Funeral Ceremony at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Eric A. Stone will officiate with cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Jack may be directed to St. Luke’s United Methodist Church or the Essexville-Hampton Lions Club.

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  1. Mr. Walker was a very special man and meant a lot to me. He will be greatly missed. The entire family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

    All our Love,
    Dan, Sharon, and James (JD) French

  2. Dearest Bev and family,I offer sincerest condolences to you. I will miss the Sun. morning hug with the “Hi, cuz” Oh, and how we will all miss his wry humor . He certainly was one of a kind. God bless you. Jill (Halstead) Dugan

  3. Dearest Bev and family, Our deepest sympathy in this great loss.. Jack was a wonderful man surely to to be greatly missed by all who knew him. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. Randy and Karen Johnson

  4. Bev and family, my deepest sympathy in the loss of Jack, he was a wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Betsy Nemode

  5. Dear Bev and Family, Our Prayers and thoughts are with you all at this difficult time. We have shared alot of good times over the past fifty years. I still remember his first Bowling lesson, he sure inproved over the years. He was one of my good friends over the years and we will miss him greatly. And to you Buddy, Keep the Ball Rolling!!!! The Strike Family Bill, Joyce, Dale and Kim

  6. Walker family, Very surprised and saddened to learn of your loss.
    Carl and I bowled in the same league for years and have bought many boxes of records from him.
    Always enjoyed the occasional times our paths would cross.
    He will be missed by all that were fortunate to know him.

    Tom Cederberg

  7. Dear Bev and family,
    We are so very saddened and surprised to hear of Jack’s passing. I had no idea he was sick. I know we have not seen him in recent years but remember what a great person he was–so fun loving and always thinking of others. He will be so very much missed! We send our most heartfelt condolences & sympathy to you, Bev, and all of your family. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Barb & John Harris

  8. Dearest Bev and family. May and I will truly miss Jack for his friendship and sense of humor. He will always be remembered for his sincere and caring attitude in helping others. We are so glad that we were able to spend time with you both when you visited Florida earlier this year. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family during this time of sorrow.

    Love and Blessings….May and Jim Bentley

  9. Bev,
    I am so deeply sorry to hear about Jack’s passing. I always enjoyed listening to his stories and jokes at family events. He is a great man! God Bless you and your family.
    Greg Rohman

  10. Dear Aunt Bev,
    I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Jack’s passing. He was a good man! I pray that you and the rest of your family are finding solace and support in this time of mourning. Michael Rohman

  11. Dear Aunt Bev and family,

    We wanted you to know that we have been thinking about Uncle Jack and all of you this week. I have been remembering the times when we were young, and Uncle Jack took us to his shop and let us play video games! I thought that was so cool! Like many others, I also think of him making jokes and laughing in the living room when we would visit. We are so sorry for his loss! You are in our thoughts and prayers!

    Nancy & John Bykowski

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