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Joseph Hurd Walker 2nd, 89

April 05, 2010
  • Joseph Hurd Walker 2nd, 89
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SEPT. 26, 1920-APRIL 4, 2010

Joseph Hurd Walker 2nd, 89, of 914 W. Irvin Ave., Hagerstown, died Sunday, April 4, 2010, at the Washington County Hospital.

He was the son of John Randolph Walker Sr. and Helen Josephine Stauffer Walker. He was the first of his family to be born in a hospital, which was established in the Hagerstown Female Seminary by the Washington County Medical Society, after moving from Potomac and Fairground Avenues, to its present location. Four generations of his ancestors lived at 36 S. Potomac St., where he grew to manhood.

He attended the University of Illinois, for chemical engineering and the George Washington University.

He served in Patton's Third Army, Montgomery's British Second Army and the 748th Field Artillery Battalion, being awarded a Battlefield Citation.

He was engaged in various capacities from 1941 to 1956 at Fairchild Engine and Aircraft Company Inc. He joined a small engineering group, Talco Engineering Co., in 1956, responsible for conceptual and applied engineering and sales throughout the United States and Canada. Serving as a corporate Washington representative until retirement in 1971. He served as Hagerstown Materials Manager at the mayor's request.

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He was a founding member of the Society of Materials and Process Engineers and Human Factors Society. A professional member of the American Rocket Society, now "IEEE" and AIAA, American Helicopter Society, Navy League, National Association of Purchasing Agents, National Association of Accountants and Maryland Society of Surveyors.

He was a life member of the National Rifle Association, founding member of the NRA "Golden Eagles," NRA Whittington Firearms Training Range and a life member of Morris Frock Post 42 American Legion, a founding board member of the Hagerstown Little League, and Boy's Club of Hagerstown. He served the Junior Chamber of Commerce and became an Exhausted Rooster, held membership in the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, life member of the Washington County Historical Society, First Hose Fire Company and Conococheague Institute of Welsh Run, Pa.

Mr. Walker offered his services to his fellow man as a mayor and as a County Commissioner and as an advocate for dissolving the municipalities and instilling county government for Washington County.

He was a member of First Christian Church, the church of his great-grandfathers, Worthington Willis Hoffman and Joseph Thompson Hoffman.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Mary June Kuhn Walker; two daughters, Kathryn Elizabeth Hawbaker of Hagerstown and Bethany June Phillips of Martinsburg, W.Va., and a son, Joseph Hurd Walker Jr. of Houston, Texas; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Travis Christopher Hyman; two brothers, Alvin Stauffer Walker and John Randolph Walker Jr.; and numerous cousins throughout the United States and Europe.

Mr. Walker's grandfather, Charles Wilson Patrick Walker, ministered for the Presbyterian Church of Hagerstown until his death in 1909. As a military scout, he was the translator of treaty negotiations for the U.S. Army and the Seminole Nation and served in the CSA in the Civil War. His paternal ancestors were pilgrims; his maternal ancestors were Mennonites.

Commencing with Josiah Hurd of Charlestown, Mass., the paternal ancestor of Walker's grandmother, Lucy Hurd, at least one family member of each generation presented himself to defend and promote the beliefs and teachings of the United States of America. His paternal grand-uncles commanded units in the Civil War including the "Battle of Antietam."

He attempted to raise his family as advocated by his maternal grandparents Alvin Packer Stauffer Sr., M.D. and Elizabeth (Lizzie) McCoy Hoffman, who said, "Be gentle, but firm." The objectives and beliefs of the Mennonite culture guided him in his service of and respect for the character traits of personal discipline and industry, truth, dedication and thrift.

Mr. Walker was critical of ineffective education resulting from attempting to educate disinterested persons. His interest lay in two areas: superior Americans and technical progress. He advocated space travel by beam transmission, and production of elements and ionic combinations through the proper use of the "atomic pile" and ion gun. His early predictions of lunar landing and exploration brought ridicule from his acquaintances and elders.

Mr. Walker advocated a powerful and unassuming America as espoused by Teddy Roosevelt, "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far."

His last words were, "Long live the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and these United States."

Mr. Walker will be interred in a family plot with his ancestors at Rose Hill Cemetery following cremation.

Arrangements will be made by the facility of Andrew K. Coffman Funeral Home, Inc.

Graveside services will be at the convenience of his surviving family.

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