GRANVILLE — Graveside memorial services for Thomas D. Walker, 65, who died Nov. 12, at his home, will be held Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 1 p.m. in the Church of Our Savior Cemetery in Killington. There are no calling hours.
He was born April 12, 1947 in Albany, NY, the son of George and Marietta (Vanhosen) Walker.
Tom attended the Sherburne Village School and graduated from Woodstock Union High School in 1966. Following his education he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served three tours of duty in Vietnam. Tom received numerous awards and citations including the “Purple Heart.”
After his discharge from the service he returned to Vermont, where he worked as a carpenter in the Woodstock and South Royalton areas for many years. He later worked as a painter.
Tom loved country music and fronted a local band known as “Tom Walker & the Sundowners.” He even performed at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN. He was also well known for his yodeling.
His memberships included both the V.F.W. and the American Legion in Woodstock.
He is survived by two sons; David Walker of Exeter, NH and Troy Walker of San Mateo, Calif.; a sister, Gertrude Harris of Granville; and four grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Daniel Walker.
Memorial contributions in Tom’s memory may be made to the Valley Rescue, PO Box 131, Rochester, VT 05767.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Day Funeral Home, Randolph.
This obituary first appeared in the November 15, 2012 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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