Sherwood Walker

Posted: Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Juneau resident Sherwood "Woody" DeWitt Walker, 55, died May 16, 2004, at his home following a 5-year battle against lung cancer.

He was born October 12, 1948, in Moscow, Idaho. He was raised in Montana and graduated from Beaverhead High School in Dillon, Mont., in 1966, when he joined the Marine Corps. He served in Vietnam as an electronics engineer. He graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education. He met and married his wife, Mimi, and they moved to Juneau in 1978. He managed the Furniture Store in Grant's Plaza and then worked for the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development as an employment security analyst.

He spent several years as the veteran's representative, and was in charge of seeing that the department compiled with the Americans With Disabilities Act. He was an equal opportunity officer and provided training around the state. He was well respected and highly regarded by his colleagues for his dedication to truth and fairness. Due to illness, he retired in February after 18 years of service.

His family said, "He loved spending time with his family, fishing on his boat, the North Star, hiking, skiing, enjoying nature and he was an avid reader of history books." They said, "He had strong convictions about right and wrong, and always showed compassion for others." When his children were young, he coached Little League baseball and was involved in The Boy Scouts of America. They said he will be missed by many.

He was preceded in death by his father, Guy Sherwood Walker.

He is survived by his mother, LoDema (John) Feldhusen of Twin Falls, Idaho; wife of 26 years, Mimi Walker of Juneau; sons, Ian of Los Angeles, Calif., Jesse of Juneau; sister, Melody (Paul) of Douglas, Wyo.; adopted sister, Terry Auld of California; adopted brother, Jim (Paula) of Texas; and his yellow lab, Halley.

The place and time of a memorial will be announced at a later time.

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