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Robert L. Walker, 1936– 2022

Thursday, November 10, 2022
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BRYAN—Robert Lowell “Bob” Walker, 86, and passed away peacefully in his sleep into the arms of Jesus on October 25, 2022 in Bryan, Texas. He was a beloved brother, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, as well as a faithful man who loved the Lord, his family, his church and his community.

Bob was born in Victoria, Texas, January 20, 1936, to Richard and Louise Walker. He graduated from high school in Spur, Texas, and received a B.S. from Texas A&M University as a proud member of the Class of 1958. To help pay his way through college, he worked summers at the Dixie Dog Drive-in that his parents bought in Spur. He also earned an M.S. from Pepperdine and a Ph.D. from Texas A&M. He was in the Corps of Cadets and a member of Squadron 4 (Fightin’ Phantom Four, Pride of the Corps!). He worked in fundraising at Pepperdine for 10 years and at A&M for 46 years. Bob served on boards of the Brazos Valley Community Foundation, Camp Deerfoot, the Easterwood Trust, the Ed Rachal Foundation, the Eastern European Mission, the Institute of Nautical Archeology, Pepperdine University, and Texas A&M University Press. He was a longtime member of the A&M Church of Christ, where he previously served as an elder.

Bob enjoyed most sports and rooting for his team, the Fightin’ Texas Aggies. He was also an avid 42 player, but his favorite hobby and joy was fishing.

Bob is preceded in death by his brother, Richard Lee Walker; a son, Richard Nolen Walker; and his wife of 52 years, JoAnn Nolen Walker. Survivors include three children, a sister, eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren: Rebecca and Charlie Elkins of Rockwall, Texas, and their daughter Abigail and Scott Sawyer of Houston and daughter Olivia; son Brazos and Kaitlyn Elkins, also of Rockwall; Sid and Amy Walker of College Station and their son Will and Candace Walker of College Station and children Sage, Saylor and Wells; and Wes Walker of Bryan; Bill and Shawna Walker of Colorado Springs, their son McKinnon and Lauren Walker of Lubbock, and son Nolen; daughter McClain and Bryson Chiles of Denver; and sons Kade Walker and Ky Walker of Colorado Springs. Bob’s sister Ginger Davis lives in Dallas.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 12 at 4 p.m. at the A&M Church of Christ in College Station, preceded by visitation from 2 to 4 p.m. at the church.

Bob was involved in numerous charitable causes and would be honored if you made a memorial gift in his name to any of the organizations listed above or to your favorite nonprofit group.