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Ferris John Walker

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT
Ferris John Walker

DIXON – Ferris John Walker, 96, of Dixon, died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, at KSB Hospital in Dixon. He worked as a design engineer for ComEd for 45 years, retiring Sept. 30, 1982.

Ferris was born April 24, 1917, in Dixon, the son of George F. and Clara (Rudolph) Walker. He married Winifred Jean Richardson on May 29, 1943, in Dixon. She preceded him in death on Aug. 12, 2004. Ferris served in the 93rd Coast Artillery Anti-Aircraft in the Pacific, and later with the 8th Air Force 384th Bomb Group. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Dixon. He was president of the Dixon Pilots Association, and a member of the Dixon Men’s Garden Club, Civil Conservation Corps, and American Legion Post 12. He was a past member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 540. Ferris was a loving husband to Wini, and a wonderful father to his children.

Survivors include one son, John (Pam) Walker of Corpus Christi, Texas; four daughters, Danis Lindholme of Rock Island, and Susan (David Dempsey) Meany, Becky (John) Reilly and Janet (Dean) Freil, all of Dixon; three sisters, Fredda Hoffman of Dixon, Betty Phillips of Mount Morris, and Helen Burgess of Princeton; 15 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by his parents; and one son-in-law, Robert Lindholme.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church in Dixon, with the Rev. David Spaulding, pastor, officiating. Military honors, accorded by the combined veterans organizations, will follow at the church. Burial of cremains will be at a later date at Oakwood Cemetery in Dixon.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to the Dixon Men’s Garden Club and Lee County Honor Flight.

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