Bruce Walker, 82, of Falls City, passed away Thursday, May 27, 2021, in Lincoln, Nebraska. Bruce was born Dec. 03, 1938, at Caribou ME, to the late Paul and Elsie Walker.
On Oct. 24, 1957, he married Mary Alice Selders at Elm Creek, NE.
Bruce graduated from Elm Creek High School in 1957. When married, the couple established their home in Grand Island, then moved to Pawnee City and, in 1963, they moved to Falls City. Bruce worked for the Soil Conservation Service and earned many honors there. He also owned Ye Ole Pine Patch growing and selling Christmas trees. Along with Mary, Bruce owned the Inspiration House Christian Book Store in Falls City for 24 years.
Bruce was active in many community events. He enjoyed visiting nursing homes with his dogs, Patches and then Molly. All were dressed in appropriate costumes for the occasion and brought much enjoyment to all. His favorite activity was being Santa Claus. Growing Christmas trees was his passion. Helping families pick their trees and the children cutting their trees brought him great joy. He was a member of the Nemaha NRD (Natural Resource District) and the Falls City Tree Board. Bruce was the recipient of the 1970 Distinguished Service Award from the Falls City Area Jaycees.
Bruce and Mary Walker donated 24 white pines to the Steele Cemetery in 2010. These beautiful trees border the north side of the cemetery’s property line and the center circle.
He was a member of First United Methodist Church.
Bruce is survived by his daughter, Linda (Eric) Cook, of Topeka KS; sons, Brian (Cindy), of Hickman NE, Steven (Angela), of Colorado Springs, CO; 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Bruce was preceded in death by his wife Mary, his parents, his sister Barbara Rich, and two great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held on June 2, 2021, at Steele Cemetery, Falls City. A celebration of Bruce’s eternal life followed at First United Methodist Church with Ben Walker and Eric Cook officiating.
Memorial contributions are to First United Methodist Church Memorial Fund memo Falls City Ministerial Alliance Benevolence Fund, sent in care of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, 124 S 7th St., Hiawatha, KS 66434.