Robert Hugh Walker

Robert H. “Bob” Walker passed away in Bryan, Texas on Friday, May 9, 2014. He was born in Winfield, Kansas on September 1, 1937, and was raised by his grandparents, Hugh and Eva Walker, on a farm near Moline, Kansas.

Robert graduated from Central State College in Edmond, Oklahoma and completed a graduate program at the Universities of Alabama, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

On July 13, 1956, Robert married Janett Louise Nigh in Moline, Kansas. They have two sons: Hugh Roy Walker (born 1961) and Alan Robert Walker (born 1965).

Robert spent approximately thirty-five years in local government with all but about two of those years as a city manager. He retired in 1999 after servings cities in Kansas, Illinois, and Washington with Ellensburg, Washington and Chanute, Kansas being two of his longer tenured positions.

Robert was a member of the Ellensburg Presbyterian Church of Ellensburg. Throughout his life, he served in various capacities in churches where he was a member and was active in numerous local government associations and agencies, including chairing or presiding over many such organizations.

Robert is preceded in death by his grandparents and his sister Mary April Walker.

Robert is survived by his wife, Janett, son Hugh and his wife Shelley of Bryan, Texas, son Alan and his wife Kelly of Wenatchee, Washington; granddaughters MaKayla and Madisen Walker of Bryan, Texas; grandchildren Cambron Walker and her friend Jacob Chase of Seattle, Washington, and Brily Walker of Ellensburg, Washington, their mother and Robert’s “first daughter” Teri Walker of Ellensburg, Washington; sister Kathy McGibbon and her husband Don of Sarasota, Florida; and brother-in-law Bill Nigh and his wife Carol of Moline, Kansas. He also had numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and a special friend, John Kepford.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 17, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at the Ellensburg Presbyterian Church in Ellensburg, Washington.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Hospice Brazos Valley, 502 W. 26th St. Bryan, Texas, or the Ellensburg Public Library (Ellensburg, Washington).

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  1. JJ and I are very saddened to hear of the passing of your dad. He was a wonderful man who raised a wonderful son. Our sincere condolences to the entire Walker family. May you find peace and comfort in loving memories.

    ML and JJ

  2. To the family of Robert Hugh Walker, please accept my condolences. May this scripture bring you comfort : Jesus said
    ” Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all
    those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.”
    (John 5:28,29).

  3. Please accept my condolences in the loss of one so special to so many people. There is rejoicing in Heaven over another precious soul has come home.

  4. I caught the obituary in the paper. I, too, was born and raised in Winfield, until 1945. I thought I might have known Robert in grade school. Please feel free to email me. – John P.

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