Benjamin Walker, 1954-2018

Published 1:00 am Friday, January 4, 2019

Benjamin Eliott Walker passed away Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis at the age of 64. A funeral mass took place in Winnebago, Nebraska. The Rev. Father Mark Baran officiated. Interment was in St. Augustine Catholic Cemetery.

Benjamin Walker

Ben was born Jan. 18, 1954, in Albert Lea. He was baptized at St. Theodore’s and confirmed at Lunder Lutheran. Ben graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1972 after an impressive wrestling career. He graduated from Mankato State with a major in law enforcement and a minor in accounting.

Ben’s passion was flying and he joined the Marine Corps as a 2nd lieutenant. After vision issues he had to give up jets, and as a captain became the disbursing officer for the East Coast Fleet Marine Force. Ben was a strong and fair leader and was admired by the men and women in his platoon.

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Benjamin married Arline Anderson on Feb. 20, 1972. To this union three children were born. They later divorced but remained friends.

Benjamin is survived by his children William (Natasha Ludowese) Walker, Ann (Jason) Qual and Laura Walker; grandchildren Michael LaCore, Ashley (Nick Cachiaras) Hagen, Olivia Qual, Ahna Walker and Carter Schouviller; siblings Karen (Rick) Goette, Vicki Walker, Debra (Kim) Earle, Terry Walker, Linda Walker, Muriel Walker, Beth (Keith) Holcomb and William (Debby) Walker; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and close friends.

Benjamin was preceded in death by his grandparents; parents Earnest and Gloria (nee Poupart) Walker; and sister, Paulette. Blessed be his memory.