Joseph âJoeâ A. Walkey, 80, of Streator, passed away Sunday evening (Sept. 13th) at the Howard Young Medical Center in Minocqua, Wisconsin, due to complications of kidney disease.
A visitation will be held Saturday from 9 â 11 AM at the Winterrowd Funeral Home, Streator. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 AM at the funeral home with a Masonic ritual following the visitation. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Streator.
Serving as pallbearers will be nephews, John Fuller and Bill Schopp; great-nephew, Johnathon Fuller; friends Ben Beutke, Margaret Hogan and Kris Ohligschlager. Honorary pallbearer will be Joeâs best friend, Glen Vissering.
Joe was born on June 25, 1935 in Leon, Iowa, to Albert and Hazel (Martin) Walkey. He married Barbara Shepherd on October 22, 1954. She passed away on January 14, 1999.
Surviving are daughter, Beckie (Gary) Chismarick; daughter-in-law, Sharon Walkey; grandson Patrick Chismarick; sister, Helen Murtaugh; brother, Kenneth (Katie) Walkey, all of Streator, and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, and son, Lee Walkey.
Joe graduated from Streator High School and was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Streator.
He was the youngest Kroger Store manager beginning in 1954 until 1964, the former owner of the Town & Country Inn, and currently Senior Vice-President of the Town & Country Apartments.
He joined the Delavan Lodge AF&AM on September 22, 1956, Scottish Rite Valley of Bloomington Consistery on November 20, 1971, Mohammed Temple of Peoria Shrine on December 4, 1971 and transferred to Streator Lodge 607 in September of 2012 as a life member.
Joe was a member of the Shoreline Boat Club in Ottawa and was a former commodore and treasurer of the club. He was also a member of the Streator Elks Lodge 591.
Joe received the Cephas Williams Award in 1996.
Joe was always devoted to his family and greatly missed his wife and son. He enjoyed his outings with his sister, Helen, when he was in Streator. Many fishing trips were taken to Canada and various other places with his best friend, Glen. He loved his second home in Minocqua, WI, and spent much of his time boating and snowmobiling. He took much pleasure in introducing his family and friends to the lakes and trails in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Streatorland Historical Society, Riverview Cemetery Association or the Shriners Childrenâs Hospital.