Frank ‘Bud’ Mason Walker, 72, died Thursday, September 23, 2021 at Sunnyview Care Center in Ankeny following a long term illness.
He leaves his wife of 53 years, Ruth Ann (Smith) Walker; his daughter Tammy (Walker) Twedt and her spouse Mike Twedt; his daughter Nancy (Walker) Westberg and her spouse Christian Westberg; his son Jason Walker and his spouse Heather Walker; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren behind.
Born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, son of Mason and Louise Walker. In his early years, Frank enjoyed participating in baseball and boxing. During Jr. High School he met his wife, Ruth Smith while being part of the discotheque dance show featured on the WHO TV program. Ruth and Frank later married on December 23, 1967.
In 1969, Frank started his career at Bridgestone/Firestone retiring after working there for 35 years. He took great pride in being an active Local 310 Union member while meeting many lifelong friends.
Anyone who knew him knows his passion for fishing and what a great fisherman he was. He had many “secret” fishing spots and enjoyed sharing his success of fishing with friends and family.
Known by his grandchildren as The Man-The Myth-The Legend, he not only taught them all how to fish, he taught them how to drive a boat, groove to oldies music, and how to play dice games like a champion.
He was known for his quick and witty humor and for always having the best one liners. He will be missed by all.
There will be a Celebration of Life held on Saturday, October 23rd from
4:00pm - 8:00pm at the USW Local 310 Union Hall on 125 NE Broadway Avenue in Des Moines, Iowa.
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