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Obituary: Paul Walker, Franklin

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Paul Walker, 87, of Franklin, died at 3:28 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at Franklin Meadows Nursing Home.

Paul left high school before graduation to serve in the U.S. Navy and returned many years later to graduate from Columbus East High School in 1975.

He had varied work experiences including REMC before retiring from Cummins Engine Company. He was a member of St. John's Whitecreek Lutheran Church where he served as a Sunday school teacher and Sunday school superintendent.

Paul loved woodworking, painting, drawing, small engine repair and grilling out as well as spending time with his grandchildren. In his later years, he enjoyed spending time at Just Friends Adult Day Services where he made many friends.

Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at St. John's Whitecreek Lutheran Church with Pastor Joshua Cook officiating. Calling will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home and from 10:30 a.m. until service time Monday at the church. Burial will be at St. John's Whitecreek Lutheran Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Just Friends Adult Day Services.

Born in Marion County July 2, 1926, Paul was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Walker. He married Helen A. Eckelman June 14, 1953. She preceded him in death March 22, 2002.

He is survived by daughters, Sue Ann (Larry) Geilker of Columbus, IN, Vickie (Phil) Liggett of Franklin, IN, and Shari (Jerry) Turpen of Greenwood, IN; grandchildren, Laura Geilker, Seth Shafer, and Trey Shafer; and great-grandchildren, Tommy Gorski and Harmony Gorski.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.

You may view his video tribute after 1:00 p.m. Sunday, light a virtual candle and send a message to the family via the Internet.

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