By The Mercury

Richard Ray Walker, 54, of Manhattan, died Feb. 22 in Manhattan.

The family provided the following information.

He was born Aug. 28, 1959, in Junction City, to Ray and Nadine (Jaecke) Walker.

During his childhood, he was a very active member at the First United Methodist Church in Junction City.

He was involved in the youth group, the handbell choir and youth choir.

Richard was a member of the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and DeMoley during his childhood.

He was a graduate of Junction City High School, and attended Kansas State University, where he was very active in the marching band. Music was always a big part of his life.

He enjoyed playing card games, board games and fantasy games with his friends.

Richard worked various jobs, and spent much time working in the food industry at Kansas State University.

He was a very kind individual, and was proud to be himself.

He was also a caring son, brother and uncle.

He is preceded in death by his dad, Ray Walker.

Richard leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving mother, Nadine Walker; his brother, Andrew and wife, Karen Walker; and his sister, Theresa and husband, Mark Elzinga.

He also leaves behind a niece, three nephews, and a great-nephew as well as many other friends and loved ones.

Visitation was held March 7. The funeral service was held March 8.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like to encourage friends and loved ones to make a donation in Richard’s memory to the American Diabetes Association, 6900 College Blvd Suite 250, Overland Park, KS 66211.

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