Bob Walker of Northport, Mich., died peacefully surrounded by family and without pain on Jan. 13, 2016. He had been diagnosed with lung cancer in 2011 and had undergone extensive treatment and recovery, which granted him four years of joy with his friends, family and grandchildren. He died from complications related to pneumonia at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. He was 74.
Bob was born in Cambridge, Mass. on Feb. 1, 1941, to Robert Stringfellow Walker III and Ruby Shelledy Walker. His brother, Stuart Carter Walker, joined the family in 1944. Bob attended Darien High School in Connecticut and Woodberry Forest School in Virginia. Following graduation from high school, he enlisted in the Marine Corps, where he served as an expert small arms instructor, thanks in part to his boyhood shooting with his nearly blind father and grandfather in Virginia.