Walker Ping, age 79, of Aneta, ND, left the world a little less bright when he went home to be with his Lord, Friday, July 4, 2014 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks. Funeral Services will be held Friday, July 11, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Sundahl Lutheran Church, Aneta. Visitation will be Thursday, July 10, 2014 beginning at 6:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at Sundahl Lutheran Church. Interment will be in Silent Hill Cemetery, rural Aneta, ND.
Walker was born May 22, 1935, the son of O.M. and Evelyn Ping. He grew up in rural Kentucky where he graduated from high school. He then joined the United States Army, where he met the brother of his much beloved future wife, Gladys. Walker and Gladys were married in 1958.
Walker worked for the United States Postal Service in Oregon and later, after retiring and relocating to Aneta in 1995, for the City of Aneta as an all-purpose handyman and generally a useful fellow to have around.
Walker was a hero in a thousand small, quiet ways. He could and would fix anything for anyone, and if the gentleness and love he freely showed to children and dogs were slightly incongruous with a man from his generation, they were all the more precious for it.
He was the best of us.
Walker is survived by his sister, Faye Roselle, his wife, Gladys, his children, Tracy Stone, Lamar Ping, and Joe Ping, 12 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren.
Walker is preceded in death by his parents and four brothers.