Stephen R. Walker, 70, passed away at home Wednesday, April 3, following a lengthy illness and death from the complications of multiple sclerosis.
Steve was born February 23, 1943, in Chicago, Ill., and was adopted as an infant through The Cradle by Barbara M. and Edwin F. Walker, Jr. of Oak Brook, Ill. Steve graduated from Hinsdale Township High School in 1961, having achieved second in Illinois state doubles tennis. He earned a B.S. in psychology from Rockford College in 1966.
Following years in pharmaceutical sales, Steve became a certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and worked at Hinsdale Hospital’s New Day Center until 1993. He and Marilyn moved to Minocqua in 1995 and worked as AODA counselors at the Family Resource Center in Lac du Flambeau until 2004.
Steve loved fishing, sports (especially the Chicago Bears), hiking, and life in the Northwoods.
Steve is survived by his wife of 28 years, Marilyn; daughter Melissa Walker of Clarendon Hills, Ill.; son Brian (Julie) Walker of Naperville, Ill.; stepchildren Paige (Zachary) Doehla of Springfield, Ill., and James (Lisa) Gilchrist of Allentown, Pa.; grandchildren Tommy, Kate, Brynn and Blake; sisters Harriet (Bill Hirschauer) Walker of Lac du Flambeau and Nancy (Michael Senger) Walker of Traverse City, Mich; nieces, great-nieces and nephews and his ever faithful puppy, Dewey.
The family thanks the wonderful home and hospice “angels” from Ministry Home Care, caregivers, Mark Zingler and Scott Erno, and Dr. Richard Fossen for their support and guidance.
Arrangements are being handled by Bolger Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, Minocqua, Saturday, April 20, 11 a.m. A reception with the family will follow the service in the parish hall. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Ministry Home Health and Hospice Services or Lakeland Food Pantry/Howard Young Foundation.
Online condolences may be shared at www.bolgerfuneral.com.