Donald G. (Don) Walker

Don Walker, age 85, passed on peacefully at his home in Baldwin City, Kansas in the early morning hours of December 26th after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Don was born in Devil’s Lake, North Dakota on February 1st, 1935. Don graduated from Williamsburg High School in Williamsburg, Kansas in 1953. After high school he worked on the family farm before working for Boeing in Wichita, Kansas. Don married Mary A. Wauge on March 21, 1959. Don and Mary moved to Lawrence, where Don proudly began raising his family and became a firefighter for the Lawrence Fire Department. Don was employed with Lawrence Sanitary Milk and Ice Cream Company and All Star Dairy for 27 years. When the dairy closed, Don worked for Dillon’s Food Stores until he retired in 1999. Don was a member of St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed camping with his family and friends. Don loved traveling with Mary, whether it be a well planned trip to Ireland, or a last minute car trip enjoying small towns and back roads. Don would often tell people that his happiest and proudest moments were spent with his grandchildren and being present for all of their activities and sporting events.
Don is survived by his wife, Mary, of 61 years; brother, Jim Everson (Theresa); daughters, Lori Foos (Randy), and Lisa Pattrick (Mike); son, David (Theresa) and grandchildren Kyle Pattrick, Kameron Crabtree (Jessica), Kelby Foos, Katie VanKeulen (Jeremy), Miranda Crabtree, Nick Pattrick, Anthony Walker and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Velma Schmoe and brothers, Clinton Everson and Danny Everson. Don had a very kind and gentle spirit. He was a man of few words and he truly enjoyed being present in whatever he was doing. Don was very hard working and loyal and he will be greatly missed.

A Rosary will be recited at 6:00 p.m. with a visitation to follow until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 31, 2020 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. With social distancing in place and masks being required, family and friends are welcome to attend in person or the service will be live-streamed at
Memorial contributions may be made in Don’s name to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.


15 Condolences

  1. RICK FOOS on December 28, 2020 at 9:55 am

    My condolences to the Walker family for the loss of Don. He is in God’s care now and suffers no more. You are all in my thoughts.

  2. Rita deMontel on December 28, 2020 at 2:12 pm

    So sorry for your loss. He is now with you everyday and is in a better place. Your family is in my prayers.

  3. Norman and Margaret Renyer on December 28, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. We have wonderful memories from Marriage Encounter of all of you in the past. We share your loss because of years past. You are in our thoughts.
    Norman and Margaret Renyer

  4. Galen Werth on December 28, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    My prayers and sympathy are with the entire family as they experience the loss of their father and grandfathers.

  5. Verma c Sommer on December 28, 2020 at 7:36 pm


  6. Lisa Hegeman-Zwiener on December 29, 2020 at 8:29 am

    So sorry for your loss Don was a great man praying for you all.

  7. Larry L Wingert on December 29, 2020 at 9:35 am

    So sorry for the loss the family is experiencing. Prays to all.

  8. Marilyn Will on December 29, 2020 at 11:28 am

    I’ve known Don and Mary for years. Our kids went all through school together. Mary and I ended up working for Dillons together and had a great friendship. Sorry for your loss everyone.

  9. Lori gruver on December 29, 2020 at 11:59 am

    So sorry to hear about Don. He was always so friendly to us. Prayers to Mary, the best boss in the world and good friend and coworker David and all their family and friends. We will be there for you guys in spirit. Love Bob and Lori Gruver ❤❤❤

  10. Sue Glatz on December 29, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    Dear Mary and Family,
    I am so sorry about the loss of your beloved Don. What sweet man he was.
    He loved his people and was loved back by family and friends.
    I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers as you grieve this tremendous loss.
    With sympathy and love,
    Sue Glatz

  11. Greta Keaton on December 29, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    Heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to each of you in this time of sorrow. It was my privilege to be of service to Don these last weeks.
    Greta/ KLAH

  12. Frank Heck on December 29, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    What an amazing video tribute this is. My prayers and thoughts are with the entire family!

    Frank H.

  13. Fred and Lois Mersmann on December 30, 2020 at 10:41 am

    Mary, Lisa, Lori and David,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
    Don will be missed by many. It was always good to see him at
    church and around town.
    May God grant you peace.

  14. Tonya Rainbolt Ketchum on December 31, 2020 at 11:11 am

    Mary, Lori, Lisa and David – I have such wonderful memories of all the times our families spent together. Don was truly a fantastic person to be around. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  15. Maria Shuckahosee on January 2, 2021 at 10:39 am

    Mary, David, Lisa and family –
    Phillip, Summer, Angela and I were all very sad to hear about Don’s passing. I have fond memories of your family and ours being together. Sending you strength to get through this tough time.
    Maria Shuckahosee

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