Walker Funeral Homes celebrates 80th anniversary
Family-owned and operated, Walker Funeral Homes is celebrating 80 years of service to northwest Ohio.
Alvin W. Walker, a strong believer in community service, established his first mortuary on Monroe Street in Toledo in 1933, according to a company spokesperson. The funeral home has continued to expand its facilities and services since. In 1955, the company opened the new Talmadge Park Chapel across from what is now Franklin Park Mall.
Al's son, Gary, joined the business in 1965 and still serves as CEO. Gary's son, Keith, who joined the firm in 1993, currently serves as company president.
In 1995, Walker built its location on Sylvania Ave. Three years later, Walker purchased Maison-Dardenne Funeral Home in Maumee and renamed the business Maison-Dardenne-Walker.
Then in 2004, it purchased three funeral homes in Ottawa County, now renamed Robinson-Walker Funeral Home in Oak Harbor and Genoa, and Gerner-Wolf-Walker Funeral Home in Port Clinton.
Today, Walker offers families personalized funeral and cremation services. Walker also owns and operates its own crematory and provides a full range of options and services.
Walker continues to carry on the community service legacy of its founder, Alvin W. Walker. One of the special ways it gives back is by providing free services for any member of local police and fire departments killed in the line of duty. They also offer special packages for veterans of the U.S. Armed Services.
At the clubs
The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce will host its 5th Annual Village wide Garage Sale Days June 6 & 7. A complete list of sales will be available at the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce and the Oak Harbor Public Library, and also on www.oakharborohio.net starting Wednesday June 4.
If you would like to place your sale on the list, there is a $3 minimum donation and the chamber must receive your information by Monday, June 2. For info call 419-898-0479.
Wittkamp Agency of Woodville has earned the Senior Partner designation from Grange Insurance. Wittkamp, an independent agency, has represented Grange for 17 years.
The designation is based on profitability, premium volume and growth. Less than 12 percent of Grange’s 3,600 agencies have earn the designation.
Nominations are being sought for the 19th annual 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Program which showcases young, dynamic leaders in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan under the age of 40.
The 20 Under 40 program focuses on individuals who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or in the community.
Submit nominations by filling out the electronic form on the 20 Under 40 website--www.20under40toledo.com before Friday June 13. Candidates must be under 40 years of age on June 30.
For the 19th consecutive year, Chrys Peterson, former WTOL news anchor, will serve as master of ceremonies at the recognition event Tuesday, Sept. 30, at Fifth Third Center at One SeaGate, 550 N. Summit Street in Toledo.