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C. Arnold "Arnie" Walker

January 13, 1927 - September 21, 2018
From: Spencer, IA
C.  Arnold "Arnie" Walker

C. Arnold "Arnie" Walker

Born: January 13, 1927
Died: September 21, 2018
Age: 91

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     C. Arnold “Arnie” Walker, 91, of Spencer, passed away Friday, September 21, 2018, at his home surrounded by his loving wife, daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Arnie was born January 13, 1927 in Omaha, Nebraska to Frank and Verna Walker.  His early years were spent in Broken Bow, NE, Maryville, MO and back to Omaha by middle school. 
     He met the love of his life, Shirley Johansen, in his Senior math class at Benson High School in Omaha.  At this time the country was involved in World War II and because of that, Arnie and Shirley both graduated early in January of 1945.  Arnie then joined the Army.  He chose the Artillery Unit, but as the war was coming to an end, he was sent to help shut down the unit.  He was then sent to Fort Sill in Oklahoma.  Arnie and Shirley were married January 17, 1946 while he was back at home from leave.  To this union, three children were born: Sharon, Steve and Vicki.     
     Arnie worked in the wholesale beer business for nearly 40 years, starting in Omaha as a sales rep for Storz Beer.  He soon moved to Spencer to be a Storz Distributor in Northwest Iowa.  The opportunity arose to take on additional business and began distributing Pabst Blue Ribbon and Hamms Beers.  Over the course of this career, he distributed over a dozen different brands at times.  Following his retirement from the beer business he converted his warehouse to a storage unit business.      
     Arnie belonged to many service organizations over the years including; the Moose, Eagles, Sertoma, Golden K Kiwanis, the American Legion, VFW and SCORE.  He enjoyed collecting antique cars, gardening, playing gin and spending time with his family and friends.     
     He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Shirley, his daughters, Sharon Jorgensen and Vicki (Ken Johannsen), his daughter-in-law, Sheila Walker; seven grandchildren: Ben (Mandy) Jorgensen, Justin (Misti) Jorgensen, Toshia Johannsen, Ryan (Sharon) Johannsen, Stephanie Zahrt, Stacie (Michael Bjornson) and Jamie Walker (Josh Griffin); and his 14 great-grandchildren: Cale, Quinn, Alex and Sam Jorgensen, Zoe, Zandra and Zarah Zahrt, Tateum and Broedy Casey, Braxton, Alyvia and Brayden Bjornson and Emmersen and Landen Griffin.     
     He is proceeded in death by his parents, brother, son-Steve and a niece and nephew.
Funeral services will take place 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, September 26, at the Warner Chapel in Spencer.
Pastor Lee Laaveg
Ben Jorgensen
Stephanie Zahrt
Toshia Johannsen
Ryan Johannsen
Justin Jorgensen
Stacie Bjornson
Jamie Walker
Quinn Jorgensen
Cale Jorgensen
Zoe Zahrt
Zandra Zahrt
Zarah Zahrt
Tateum Casey
Broedy Casey
Alex Jorgensen
Sam Jorgensen
Braxton Bjornson
Alyvia Bjornson
Brayden Bjornson
Emmersen Griffin
Landen Griffin

Visitation will take place Tuesday, September 25, starting at 3:00 P.M., with family present from 5-7:00 P.M., at Warner Funeral Home in Spencer
"See You Again" Carrie Underwood
"How Great Thou Art" Elvis Presley
"Hallelujah" Pentatonix
"My Old Man" Zac Brown Bank
North Lawn Memorial Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 1:37 PM
“We were saddened to learn of Arnie's passing and want to offer our sympathies to your entire family. As one of Steve's friends, Joe always enjoyed visiting and helping Arnie through the years. God bless you all.”
- Joe & Bev Darr
Friday, September 28, 2018 at 4:48 PM
“Stacie, Jamie, Sheila and family. We are sorry for your loss. We know the love you had for Grandpa. People can see his qualities through his family. May peace find you during this difficult time.”
- The Kopps
Friday, September 28, 2018 at 4:47 PM
“Deepest sympathy to the whole family.”
- Lauralee and Alan Norgaard
Friday, September 28, 2018 at 8:22 AM
“Sharon and Family, We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.”
- Dale & Rhonda Streufert
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 12:27 PM
“Shirley and Family, So Sorry to hear about Arnie. Though I hadn’t seen him in some years, I will always remember him as one of my favorite Beer Distributors over my years in the restaurant and bar business. Arnie was a great promoter, loved to tell a good joke or story, but most of all, he was an excellent businessman and made sure we always had plenty of PBR and help for special promotions and Labor Day celebrations! A friend and Great person who will Forever Remembered by so many. Our Prayers and Sincere Sympathy to you all. Jani (Rierson) Hamilton”
- Jani (Rierson) Hamilton
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 3:03 PM
“Sorry for your loss. Prayers to your family.”
- Paul and Lesley Culver
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 10:18 AM
“god bless your family through these times-prayers for the family”
- john kirschbaum
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 10:18 AM
“Sorry for your loss - Prayers.”
- Mike and Becky Hatting
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 10:18 AM
“Sending you all our prayers and love during this difficult time. May all your wonderful memories comfort you in the days ahead. Joe & Elaine”
- Joe and Elaine Varnadore
Monday, September 24, 2018 at 10:39 AM
“Dear family and loved ones: please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. May “the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort,” comfort you at this most difficult time. (2 Corinthians 1: 3) - RC”
- Robert
Monday, September 24, 2018 at 7:56 AM
“I got to know Arnie through Kiwanis, and had the opportunity to work with him when he was a club president. When the Spencer Golden-K Kiwanis club transitioned into a community service club affiliated with the Spencer Area Activity (Senior) Center, Arnie did a great job of leading that club and keeping us "on track" with our projects and activities. I always looked forward to his weekly stories, jokes and words of wisdom …. cub members referred to them as "Arnie-isms." He was a great guy and community supporter.”
- Clark Marshall
Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 10:55 AM
“Sharing in the loss with the Walker family and the Spencer community. Arnie was a one of a kind diamond in the ruff. He was a good business man, a benevolent employer and gave his time unselfishly to make Spencer a better place. He will be missed but fondly remembered by many . Rest in please Arnie ”
- Jeff Bohnenkamp
Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 7:49 AM
“To the entire Walker Family. May the Lord wrap his arms around you and comfort you with peace. I am so sorry for your loss. Enjoyed my many visits with Ernie, and Shirley as well. GOD Bless.”
- Doug ALGER
Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 7:49 AM
“I am sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family!”
- Brenda Griffin
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