Chester Walker

Chester B. Walker, 87, of Versailles passed away at 9am, Saturday, December 29, 2018 at his home. He was born at Allias in Perry County, Kentucky on April 2, 1931 the son of Burtis and Elizabeth Begley Walker. He was married to June Chandler on February 21, 1953 and his wife of 65 years survives. Other survivors include one daughter Pamela (Chris) Kohlmeier of Milan; four sons Terry Walker, Jerry (Debbie) Walker, Anthony (Cindy) Walker and Tom (Denise) Walker all of Versailles; 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; two brothers Frank Walker of Versailles and Donald Bowman of Kentucky; one sister Betty Albin of Colorado. He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter-in-law Brenda Walker, his brothers John, Houston, and Tim, and his sisters Elvira Kilgore, Sylvia Asher, and Sue Myers. Mr. Walker was an Army veteran of the Korean War where he served with Company A of the 3rd Mortar Battalion. During the War Chester and another soldier with 40 anti-Red refugees, and some rifles and ammunition liberated three towns only ten miles from the Manchurian border. The two were on a patrol in the Charyongwan when they lost contact with the major body of their outfit. With the little band they collected along the way, the two, with Chinese Communists in hot pursuit, made it back to the 24th Division near Pakchon. For service to his country Chester received the EUSAK with 5 Bronze Camp Stars and also the Distinguished Unit Emblem. In civilian life Mr. Walker was a 37 year employee of General Electric in Evandale, Ohio where he worked as a millwright, retiring in 1986. He had also worked as a custodian at the Southeastern Career Center in Versailles. Chester was a member of the Versailles American Legion and the Benjamin Franklin Masonic Lodge in Hamilton, Ohio. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 3rd at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Randy Thieman, minister of the Versailles Church of Christ officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 5pm to 8pm with Masonic services being conducted at 7:30pm by the Versailles Masonic Lodge. Memorials may be given to St. Jude’s Research Center or the Cliff Hill Cemetery in care of the funeral home.