Obituaries: Dr. William J. "Jeff" Walker

Obituaries: Dr. William J. "Jeff" Walker

SEATTLE - Long Beach resident William J. "Jeff" Walker, 66, died July 2, 2007, in Seattle. The son of William and Martha (Turner) Walker he was born July 6, 1940, in Mount Vernon, Ohio.

He graduated with a dental degree from the University of Ohio in 1965 and immediately following served three years with the United States Navy Dental Corps. In 1968 he moved to Long Beach where he established his dental practice, retiring in 1999.

Dr. Walker enjoyed traveling and golfing and last year while visiting Scotland played at the renowned Saint Andrews Golf Course. He loved original pieces of art and had a great collection. He had just returned from Italy and Russia where he got to see The Hermitage in St. Petersburg.

He married and later divorced Sandra M. Kleebe. They were the parents of daughters Christine M. West and Michelle R. Walker. Later he married Deborah Venable and she survives, residing in Long Beach. Also surviving are stepchildren Gena Starr and Jim Venable; sister Karen Hewitt; grandchildren Ashley and Chelan West and Cole Weinstein; step-grandchildren Shalina and Mikayla Venable and Dustin and Kristy Starr.

Dr. Walker requested that no formal service be held and wished that his legacy be the motto that was his grandfather's: "My conscience was my religion; my word was my bond."

A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, Aug. 12, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Astoria Golf and Country Club in Warrenton, Ore. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 4414 Woodland Park Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103. Arrangements are by Penttila's Chapel by The Sea and the guest book may be signed at www.penttilaschapel.com. Go Buckeyes!

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