Olaf's Story

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Olaf K. Walker, 93, of Nitro, died on October 14, 2017.
He was born January 20, 1924 in Raleigh County. He was the first son of the late Claude William Walker and Grace Plumley Walker. This couple had six children, five sons and a daughter: Their names are Claude W. Walker Jr; Dexter Eugene Walker: Olivene Walker: Willard C. Walker and Jack Lee Walker.
Soon after the 1920 Census Dewey Walker, who was a school teacher in Boone and Raleigh County in West Virginia, he and his mother Lucinda Daniel Walker moved to Vinton, Ohio. This re-location provided an opportunity for Dewey Walker to continue his teaching career as well as advancing his education by attending the University at Athens. Ohio.
In the summer of 1938, Olaf K. Walker went to Vinton, Ohio to live with his Grandmother Lucinda Daniel Walker and enter the Vinton school system in September 1938. On October 31, 1938 he became a member of the Boy Scouts of America. On September 7, 1938 he became a member of the Future Farmers of America.
During the summer of 1941 he served from May 5, 1941 to August 1941 in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Company #3528 at London, Ohio. He was assigned to the Medical Dispensary to assist the doctor and provide medical aid when authorized by the doctor.
On May 20, 1942 he graduated from Vinton High School. At the age of 19, in November 1943
he enlisted in the USMC and was ordered to report on January 10, 1944 at Marine Corp Base, San Diego, for active duty. On January 25, 1944 he began basic training. On March 16, he qualified as a "sharp shooter" with the M-1 rifle. This paid a little extra on payday. March 25, he completed his basic or 'boot" training.
The 5th Marine Division came into being on November 11, 1943. From the "boot" camps at Parris Island and San Diego; from the training Centers of Camp Elliott, Camp Lejeune, and Camp Pendleton, from every available source men and officers arrived to be assigned to the 5th Marine Division. Marine Corp Base, San Diego. On July 1, 1944 he graduated from the Marine Clerical School with average grade of 94.4 and was promoted to PFC. Following graduation, we were given a 10-day furlough. On July 1, 1944 he left Marine Base on a weekend liberty pass, plus a ten day furlough designation Charleston, West Virginia, arrived in Charleston, West Virginia on July 4, 1944.
Olaf was preceded in death by his loving wife Ival K. Walker.
He was a lifelong resident of Nitro.
Olaf is survived by two sons David and James Walker.
Services will be held at 1:00 PM Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Cooke Funeral Home, Nitro, with Pastor Nancy White officiating. Entombment will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.
The family requests no flowers please.
You may express on condolences at www.cookefuneralhome.com
Published on October 17, 2017
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