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3701 East 7th Street
Joplin, MO 64801
Phone: (417) 781-1711
Fax: (417)-781-3916
Melvin Walker

Melvin Walker

Thursday, February 24th, 1927 - Thursday, June 18th, 2020
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Melvin Walker, age 93 of Joplin, Mo. passed away on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Melvin was born on February 24, 1927 in Chadwick, Mo. to Gatson and Elma (Lemler) Walker. He was one of 12 kids. Melvin married the love of his life Ople (Dowell) Walker on October 2, 1953 in Ceres, Ca. Melvin proudly served his country during the Korean War from 1950 to 1952. He and Ople, moved to Joplin in November of 1953. They lived in Pittsburg, Ks. for 2 years so Melvin could train to be a machinist at Pittsburg College. He later worked as a machinist for Precision Products for 27 years retiring in 1990.

Melvin was a quiet man who could make us laugh with his sense of humor. He loved to spend time with his family and gardening. Melvin was a wonderful father, husband and grandfather and he will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ople Walker, two daughters; Glenda Wagner of Joplin, Karen Delzell of Joplin, one son; Richard Walker and wife Dody of Joplin, four grandchildren; Alicia Knell and husband Ryan of Carthage, Mo., Kristin Walker of Joplin, Jared Delzell and wife Ashley of Joplin, Chris Delzell and wife Jessica of Kansas City, Mo., and seven great-grandchildren; Brenlea Delzell, Levi Delzell, Luke Delzell, Logan Delzell, Lawson Delzell, Grady Knell and Abram Knell.

The family will be observing private services in accordance with Melvin’s wishes.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.
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john Walker

Posted at 12:17am
Melvin was a great Brother so sorry that he passed be greatly missed by all had a lot of wonderful memories through the years. Rest in peace your race is over in this cruel world. Life has just begun in heaven no more sickness or heart aches


Posted at 06:00pm
Melvin was a good brother to me and when Lillie and I were in college you would come up to get us and take us home for visits. Without you we would have not got to go anywhere or get to go home. Love you and will miss you very much.

Love, your sis Dixie


Posted at 01:04pm
Melvin was a good brother. I remember how he would come to Mom's home when my younger sister was just walking. They said she looked like him and so he would take her to the zoo at Springfield, just him and her. He was always good to us younger ones. Will miss him very much even though I didn't get to see him very often. Appreciate his Ople taking such good care of him.

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