L. Leon Walker

1939 - 2020

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L. Leon Walker, age 81 of Mt. Blanchard, passed away peacefully in Citrus Heights, California, where he was cared for by his daughter and son in law, in his last years battling Parkinson’s Disease. He was born in St. Joseph Missouri on July 14, 1939. He received his Bachelor of Science from Northwest Missouri State University, Masters of Science from the University of Missouri and his PHD in Entomology from Purdue University. He served as a Sergeant in the Army Reserve from 1960-1964. He was a Professor of Science at the University of Findlay from 1989 to 2005 and taught a combined 37 years of teaching throughout his life. Lean always felt “so privileged to be a teacher” and was proud of the over 8000 students he taught over the years. He helped establish things of value in the Findlay community including the Master Gardeners program, the Rieck Center, and encouraged others to participate in the ReTree International and other Botany and Horticultural projects. He was also a proud father of three children, whom survive him. Daughter, April Victoria Cathleen Allen and son in law Ryan Daniel Allen from Citrus Heights, CA, daughter Alyssa Ann Walker from Cosby, Missouri, and son Alexander Kent Walker from Tiffin, Ohio. He has four grandchildren, Alayna, Ryan, Jayden and Ella Walker of Cosby, Missouri. He also leaves behind his sister Mert Walker of Kansas City, Kansas and brother Barry Walker of Barnard, Missouri. He was preceded in death by his wife Yvette Walker to which he was “a boat without an anchor, just floating aimlessly” since her passing in 2005. he was also preceded by his father Merle Walker and mother Dorothy (McKnight) Walker as well as many other loved ones he has lost over the years. A funeral service will take place at 1:00pm on Tuesday, October 20, at Mt. Blanchard United Methodist Church with Pastor Brett Kelly officiating. Burial to follow at Krout Cemetery, Mt. Blanchard, OH. Visitation will be from 2:00-4:00pm & 6:00-8:00pm on Monday, October 19, 2020 at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, Findlay, OH. Memorial Contributions can be made to The Parkinson's Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018. Online condolences to the family may be expressed by visiting www.coldrencrates.com.


Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME [Map]
    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Monday, October 19th 2020 2:00-4:00 pm
    Monday, October 19th 2020 6:00-8:00 pm

  • Funeral Service:

    Tuesday, October 20th 2020 - 1:00 PM

  • Service Location:

    Mt. Blanchard United Methodist Church [Map]

    Mt. Blanchard, Ohio

  • Final Resting Place:

    Krout Cemetery, Riverview Addition [Map]

    Mt. Blanchard, Ohio

  • Contributions:

    The Parkinson's Foundation
    1359 Broadway
    Suite 1509
    New York, NY 10018

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To : Dr Leon Walker
Date :Saturday, October 17th 2020
From : Bill Jones
I am so thankful for the life of Dr. Walker. He along with Gary Wilson founded the Master Gardener program in 1992 and I have been a proud member of this group since 2001. Dr. Walker allowed me to speak to his class at UF a couple times and he was such a kind and caring person. His wife, Yvette, was our AAA trip advisor on many occasions. She, too was a very kind and caring person. We are sorry for your loss and hope that you know that Dr. Walker made a very positive influence on many lives in the community and I am one of them.



To : April Ryan
Date :Sunday, October 18th 2020
From : David Edward Clark
Though I’ve never meet April & her husband Ryan in person, about 2000 miles separate us, the two of them have become my best friends, whom I’ve come to care for as if they were family. They are some the kindest, funnest, coolest, caring people I know and they took such wonderful care of Leon. I loved all of his funny stories and quips April would relay to all of her friends, they were treasures everyone enjoyed, usually punctuated with his trademark “Ah, shucks” when his goofy ideas were thwarted by either April or Ryan. I’m sad I never got to meet this legend, but I will someday visit his resting place to pay my respects to him and his beloved wife. I’d also love to plant a tree in my yard in his honor as well. Rest well good sir, you lived a great life and will be continued to be loved by more people than you can even have imagined.



To : Family of Leon Walker
Date :Monday, October 19th 2020
From : Shannon Skoglund
We are so sorry for your loss. My family was blessed to know Leon’s parents. We were members of the Barnard Saddle Club along with Merle and Dorothy. Later in his life Merle entrusted us with the care of his loyal quarter horse Floyd, who entertained our family for many years.
Our deepest condolences for the loss of Merle and Dorothy’s son Leon. His obituary was full of many wonderful and meaningful accomplishments. Merle and Dorothy would be so proud.



To : The Family of Mr Walker
Date :Tuesday, October 20th 2020
From : Judy Jim Galbreath
Please accept our condolences on the death of Dr. Walker. We met him at his father's visitation. We loved and adored Merle and were the lucky ones to be his neighbor. We also were blessed to be the caretakers of Merle's beautiful horse, Floyd, who enjoyed teaching our grandchildren how to love and ride horses.



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