Date of Birth

December 24, 1934
Hartford, Michigan

Date of Death

June 5, 2017
Dowagiac, Michigan

Harold William Walker Jr., 82, of Hartford, was born on Dec. 24, 1934, in Hartford, the son of Harold and Beatrice (Manley) Walker, both of whom preceded him in passing. He was also preceded in passing by a brother, James. Harold passed away suddenly on Monday, June 5, 2017.

Cocky, as he was known by many, owned and operated the Walker 66 Station from 1958-73. He worked for two years as the bus supervisor and mechanic for the Hartford Public Schools, was in numerous positions for the city of Hartford for 12 years, he had a fire truck repair business for 13 years and was a salesman for Spenser Manufacturing up until his health forced him to retire. He served his country in the U.S. Army and was a member of the American Legion Stoddard Post 93 of Hartford. Harold’s love for Hartford led him to become a Hartford fireman, which he did for 40 years, with most of those years as its chief.

Harold married the former Jean Rush on Feb. 7, 1959, and she survives; along with their two children, Harold (Diana) Walker III of Hartford, and Karyn Walker of Kalamazoo; three grandchildren: Brent, Kevin and Erin; a great-grandchild, Jase Michael Walker; two brother’s, Manley “Bob” Walker of Hartford, and Richard (June) Walker of South Bend; and a sister, Dawn (Bud) Pitcher of Hartford.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Monday, June 12, 2017, at the Hartford United Methodist Church, where a memorial celebration to honor Harold’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 13, 2017. As to Harold’s wishes, cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either the Hartford Fire Department or Alzheimer’s Association. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences may do so at

12 Responses to Obituaries: Harold William Walker, Jr.

  • Calvin Funeral Home says:

    Please post any condolences for Harold William Walker, Jr. in the “Leave Your Condolences” comment section below. All e-mail contact information will be made private, but will be given to the family during the services. Our thoughts and prayers go to Harold’s family during their time of grief.

  • George and Barb Olds says:

    Very sorry to hear of the passing of Cocky. We had some great times on the Hartford Fire Department and
    condolences to the entire Walker Family.

  • Bob Randall says:

    A lot of fond memories. Such a great person.
    Keeping his family and the Hartford Fire Department members in my prayers.

  • Cecelia brookfield says:

    So sorry to hear of Cocky’s passing. He helped me so much with the selling of my husbands 1940 Olds after my husband passed away in 2000. He was a good friend. We have all lost a great human being.

  • Randy & Nancy Van Wynen says:

    Harold, Karyn and family. Nothing can be said or written that can match what your dad could come up with. You are all in our prayers and thoughts.

  • Dion & Lyn LeMieux says:

    We have so many fond memories of our time with Harold, He was my mentor, friend, and colleague for many years. What this man brought to the fire service will never be recognized today. He once said to me, “if you really want to learn about the fire service go to The Fire Department Instruction Conference with me”. And I did for 17 straight years and he was right as always. Since leaving Michigan for Kentucky every visit back home I took advantage and we went to lunch and discussed matters. His expressions were sometimes shocking but I always new it was the truth. And I will never forget that laugh. We will miss him dearly and he will never be forgotten by us. A true friend is gone.

  • Gary Hazelton says:

    So Sorry to hear of cocky’s) passing, He will always be missed especially with all his friends in the fire service, He was always there to help when we needed him, He helped us so much in the Lawton Fire dept. over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this trying time!!
    Gary Hazelton and all his friends at the Lawton Fire Dept.

  • DIck and Judi Ison says:

    So sorry about Cocky’s passing..we had just seen him at Curt Drakes funeral….He was a great fellow and will be missed by so many….Did not know he was relation to us until a few years ago……He helped so many people, one of our neighbors who was very old, in particular……Our prayers are with the Walker family….

  • Renee Moore & Family says:

    Bob, Dawn and family,
    Cocky was always very kind to me whenever I would see him around town. He spent many hours at the “coffee table” in the Drug store, always joking around and filling people in on the happenings about town. Enjoyed his company. Thinking of you during this most difficult time. ……

  • Lauri & Tom Swain says:

    So sorry for such a dear loss to all who knew Cocky. He was a wonderful and giving man, spending so much of his life devoted to Hartford and its citizens. Sending our heartfelt sympathies to the Walker family, and all who held him dearly in their hearts.

  • Tom Riley says:

    Very sorry for your loss of Harold. Harold was a great man and a great friend, always willing to give a helping hand anywhere it was needed. He devoted so much of his life to the City of Hartford and the Hartford Fire Department. I had the pleasure of working with him, and learning from him, in Hartford Schools and the City of Hartford. It was an honor to know Harold and I will all miss him. I will miss his smile and that mischievous twinkle in his eye.

    Deepest condolences to the Walker Family.

  • Nancy and Larry Walker says:

    Deeply sorry to hear of Harold’s passing. He was always ready to offer his advice and always had a hug for me! He will be missed. Condolences to all of his family and friends!

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