Roland James Walker commonly known as “R.J. or “Joe”, age 84, passed away peacefully with his wife by his side on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at the McCone County Health Center in Circle. Visitation was held on Monday, July 22, 2013 at the Silvernale-Silha Funeral Home in Glendive. A Vigil service was held on Monday, July 22, 2013 in the chapel of the Silvernale-Silha Funeral Home in Glendive with Celebrant Sandy Silha officiating. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Glendive with Father Francis Schreiber officiating.
R.J. was born on December 18, 1928 in Madison, Wisconsin, a son of Ned and Anita (Flatman) Walker. He attended many grade schools in his early education years until the early 1940’s when R.J. moved to Montana with his parents where he attended high school in Terry and Glendive, Montana. During his high school years, R.J. worked at the Northern Pacific Hospital in Glendive to help with room and board during World War II. Although he was only a young man during this time, he would go on ambulance calls, something that taught him what it meant to help people in need.
R.J. helped his father and family farm various locations in the Stipek and Lindsay areas until his parents purchased the family farm. He built the farm into a thriving Seed and Chemical Business, which allowed him to pursue his favorite pastime of talking with friends and neighbors. R.J. met his future wife at the age of twenty-eight years old and they were united in marriage on March 2, 1957 and to this union four children were born. He loved telling the story of how his dog “Myrtle” would sit between him and his dates until Bernice.
R.J. was always thinking of new ideas and enjoyed working on his many construction projects. In his later years he had more time to go into town on a regular basis to visit with his many friends.
R.J. was preceded in death by his parents, Ned and Anita Walker; sister, Hazel Guelff, brothers-in-law, Keith Guelff and Joseph Reinholz and a nephew, Mark Reinholz.
Survivors include his wife, Bernice Walker of Lindsay, Montana; children, Rebecca A. Walker of Glendive, Ned D. Walker of Lewistown, Montana, Clayton M. Walker of Lindsay and Barbara (Terry) Doherty of Snohomish, Washington; grandchildren, Mathew Walker, Jenna Doherty and Jillian Doherty; sisters, Laurel Reinholz of Billings, Montana and Janice Wilske of Yakima, Washington and numerous nieces and nephews.