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Duane E. Walker

Duane E. Walker Duane E. Walker, age 80, died on Friday, March 8, 2019, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House, Manhattan, Kansas.

He was born on April 3, 1938, in Green, Kansas the son of Homer E. and Bernita (Hugunin) Walker. He graduated from Green High School in 1956 and later completed his education with a Masters Degree from Kansas State University in Electrical Engineering. Following graduation, Duane moved to Albuquerque and worked at Sandia National Laboratory where he worked on early guided missile technology. He returned to Manhattan in 1970 and began teaching at K-State in the Electrical Engineering Department. In 1978, he started working for the USDA Grain Marketing Research Lab where he worked on many projects to digitize their research efforts. He also worked on some early technology around sorting grain based on color. Duane retired in 2003 and kept busy driving a school bus until 2009. Duane always kept in touch with friends and colleagues from all the places he worked.

On September 22, 1979, he was united in marriage to Connie Wilcox in Manhattan, Kansas. This union was blessed with two sons: Troy and Wade.

Duane was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, the Mason Lodge and was very active in Boy Scout Troop #74 with his boys. He also enjoyed collecting Springbok jigsaw puzzles and had collected almost all of them ever made! Traveling, Duane had been to all 50 states, many of them while on lengthy road trips with Connie and the boys and Connie’s parents, Jim and Nelva Wilcox, in the families blue 1990 van. Duane really enjoyed following K-State sports, the Royals, and the Chiefs. He enjoyed playing all kinds of card games but especially loved Cribbage and Bridge. Duane always enjoyed socializing with his many friends and acquaintances. He especially looked forward to his Tuesday Subway lunches and monthly breakfasts with former colleagues. He enjoyed tackling home repair projects and anything else that allowed him to use his ingenuity and problem-solving abilities.
Above all, he loved being with his family, especially all of his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister: Diane Assel.

Survivors include his wife: Connie; sons: Troy & wife, Katarina Walker, and their children: Paul, Mary, and one on the way of Newton, Kansas; Wade & wife, Deidra Walker, and their children: Cora and Dean of Lenexa, Kansas; and Brent Walker his daugters Rachael and Samantha Walker and their mother Kathryn of Tucson, Arizona. He is also survived by a brother: Allen (Pat) Walker of Manhattan, Kansas, and 2 sisters: Jolene (Jim) Evans of Olathe, Kansas and Marilyn Masen of Braintree, Mass.

Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas.

Funeral Services will be at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at the First Presbyterian Church 801 Leavenworth Street, Manhattan, Kansas with Rev. R. Cam McConnell officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in the Sunrise Cemetery, Manhattan, Kansas.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Boy Scout Troop #74 in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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