Ronnie Derral Walker was born November 10, 1943 in Sayre, Oklahoma to Henry & Seaneth (Leddy) Walker. He passed away on September 17, 2016 in Weatherford, OK at the age of 72. He was a proud alumnus of Southwestern State College and, upon graduation in 1966 enlisted in the US National Guard. Upon receiving an honorable discharge, Ronnie returned to Weatherford and was hired as the Assistant Hospital Administrator at Southwestern Memorial Hospital. In 1968, Ronnie became the Administrator & CEO of the hospital where he proudly served until October of 2001. In April of 1969 Ronnie met Glenda Moore, and they were married on March 7, 1970. He was a longtime and active member of the First United Methodist Church and the Weatherford Kiwanis Club. Ronnie also served as a member of the Weatherford Rescue Team. Professionally he served in various leadership positions for the Oklahoma Hospital Association, the American Hospital Association, the Rural Hospital Council for the American Hospital Association, and the Weatherford Hospital Authority. He served on the board of directors for the Oklahoma Blood Institute, the SWOSU Alumni Association, was a member of SWOSU Athletic Association and a lifetime member of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. He loved traveling, collecting and refinishing antiques and studying Native American history and artifacts.
Ronnie is survived by his wife, Glenda of the home; daughter, Dana Strawn, Landon and Dakota; son, Robert Walker and wife Diana of Weatherford, OK and their children; Misty & Kevin; son, Ron H. Walker and wife Dawn of Skiatook, OK and their children: Skylar, Boone & Fallon; son, Ryan Walker and wife LaKrista of Tulsa and their children: Julian, Noelia and Alora; one brother, Charles Walker and wife Marla of Guthrie, OK, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Ronnie was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Seaneth Walker, sister, Velta Pedigo and nephew Rocky Walker.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations to the First United Methodist Church Walker Transportation Building Fund, 817 N 7th Street, Weatherford, OK 73096; the Heartland of America Heritage Museum, 1600 South Frontage Road, Weatherford, OK 73096; or the Weatherford Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry 106 N Broadway St., P.O. Box 566, Weatherford, OK 73096.
Memorial services will be held Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 2:25 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Weatherford, Oklahoma with Rev. Lynn Brack officiating.
Services under the direction of Turner Funeral Home, Hinton, Oklahoma, condolences may be sent to the family at email@example.com or you can find us on facebook.com (Turner Funeral Homes)