Dennis Lee Walker, 75, of Hillman passed away Monday, June 24, 2019 at University Hospital in Ann Arbor.
Dennis was born February 27, 1944 to Rev. Ernest and Pearl (Hebert) Walker in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Dennis graduated from LaGrange High School, Lake Charles, Louisiana in 1964. After completing the boilermaker apprenticeship program, Dennis worked for Firestone in Louisiana for 14 years. He worked construction jobs around the United States as a member of Boilermakers Local #79. He enjoyed photography and spent three years working for Bill Melton Productions in Manchester, New Hampshire. Dennis returned to Hillman and on July 6, 1991 he married Lydia Herrick. He worked for and retired from Hillman Power Company after 14 years. In his retirement years, Dennis worked part-time for AVC Specialists of California traveling to work on boiler repair.
Dennis had a passion for hot rods and old cars and loved spending time in his shop working on and building cars. He and his wife loved attending car shows and spending time with fellow car enthusiasts. Dennis loved to travel and most recently took a 16-day trip down Route 66 in his 1930 Chevrolet. Dennis was a member of Wheels Car Club for many years. He served on the Board of Directors of Brush Creek Mill. Dennis was a member of the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America and National Street Rod Association. He was awarded Citizen of the Year from the Hillman Chamber of Commerce in 2009. Dennis never met a stranger, enjoyed telling stories, and spending time with his family and friends.
Surviving are his wife of 28 years, Lydia (Herrick) of Hillman; daughter, Wendy and her husband Ricky Harrington, 4 grandchildren, Ashton (Maggie) Boudreaux, Tabatha, Kevin, and Hayden Harrington; 4 great grandchildren all of Johnson Bayou, Louisiana; his father, Rev. Ernest L. Walker; 3 brothers, David Walker, Darrell (Cher) Walker, Damon (Marlene) Walker; 2 sisters, Delane Stanley and Delissa (Guy) Armentor all of Lake Charles. Dennis was preceded in death by his mother, Pearl Walker.
A memorial gathering will take place on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 for friends and family at the VFW in Hillman from 3-8 p.m. A memorial gathering will also take place in Lake Charles on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at Sale Street Baptist Church Fellowship Hall from 4-7 p.m. Cremation arrangements have been handled by the Bannan Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Brush Creek Mill.
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Brush Creek Mill
121 State Street, Hillman MI 49746