Services for Walker Walter Derr, 83, of Tyler, formerly of Irving, will be on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Glenwood Church of Christ in Tyler with Grady King officiating.
Burial will follow in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. under direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.
Mr. Derr passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, Jan. 28, 2013, under care of The Hospice of East Texas.
He was born in Chillicothe on Jan. 22, 1930, to E.L. and Ellena Mae Walker Derr.
Walker served his country in the U.S. Navy
during the Korean War
from 1951 to 1954, serving aboard a destroyer escort, the USS Ulvert M. Moore. He and his wife Wanda married in 1953. Walker earned his bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University in 1955 and was an active member of Texas Tech Alumni. After college, he worked for the State Board of Insurance, and Continental Casualty Co. Beginning in 1972, he was the owner and operator of Suburban Insurance Agency, retiring in 1991. He and Wanda resided in Irving from 1957 to 2010, before moving to Meadowlake Retirement Center in Tyler. Walker was a member of the Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club
and worked with the Boy Scouts. As a member of the South MacArthur Church of Christ, he was also active as a sponsor on numerous mission trips to Mexico where he worked constructing church buildings.
Walker loved family and friends. He and Wanda hosted countless gatherings and visitors at their home in Irving and their vacation home in Gunnison, Colo. He and Wanda also traveled extensively. Walker loved all things outdoors: college football, particularly his beloved Texas Tech Red Raiders, fly-fishing, camping and hunting. He was an avid gardener and maintained a large, fruitful garden even through this past fall.
Walker was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, E.L. Derr Jr.
He is survived by his loving family including his wife of 59 years and eight months, Wanda Abston Derr of Tyler, formerly of Irving; children, Burt Derr and wife Jolie of Dallas, Bruce Derr and wife Carole of San Francisco, Calif., Mark Derr and wife Trina of Fort Worth, and Donna LaRue and husband Jim of Whitehouse; sister, Virginia Smith of Amarillo; grandchildren, Jessica and her husband Tommy Nguyen of Pittsburgh, Pa., Sara Derr of Colorado Springs, Colo., Lily and Isabelle Derr of Dallas, Sasha and Juliette Derr of San Francisco, Calif., and Walker LaRue of Whitehouse; and by great-grandchildren, Matthew and Genevieve Nguyen of Pittsburgh, Pa.
Visitation is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at Stewart Family Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Highway, in Tyler.
If desired, memorials may be made to Glenwood Church of Christ, 5210 Hollytree Drive, Tyler, 75703; The Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, 75701; or a