He was born July 8, 1947, at Davenport, Iowa, to Howard Eugene and Ruth (Brooks) Walker. Butch grew up and attended school in Coffeyville, graduating from Field Kindley High School in 1965.
In 1967 he married Jennie Sparks. They had two children. They later divorced. On Aug. 7, 1973, he married Ruby Thompson at Miami, Okla. They lived in Coffeyville, where Butch worked for the city of Coffeyville Parks Department.
He was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local No. 123.
Survivors include his wife, Ruby, of the home; a son, Howard “Butchie” Walker Jr. of Parsons; a daughter, Michelle Bussen and her husband, Chris, of Dennis; two stepdaughters, Rhonda Hibbard and her husband, Mike, of Baxter Springs and Deborah Brubaker and her husband, Randy, of Topeka; his mother, Ruth Walker of Coffeyville; nine grandchildren, Christopher Bussen, Shelby Bussen, Yaser Aghorlikhani and his wife, Hawar, Samiera Maftoun and her husband, Mohammad, Somayyeh Sabahi and her husband, Milad, Meysam Aghorlikhani, Shaun Henisey, Malachi Edwards and Malcolm Edwards; a great-granddaughter, Alice Henisey; two brothers, Ronnie Walker and his wife, Deloris, of South Coffeyville, Okla., and Roger Walker and his wife, Joyce, of Coffeyville; three sisters, Juanita Herrington of Dayton, Texas, Dianna Foster and her husband, John, and Lona Barg and her husband, Randy, all of Coffeyville; and a sister-in-law, Mary Ann Guier of Marion, N.C.
He was preceded in death by his father; and a stepdaughter, Patricia Smith.
Friends may call from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville, where the family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Following visitation, cremation will take place.
The family suggests memorials to the American Lung Association, or the charity of the donor’s choice. Contributions may be left with the funeral home or mailed to 306 North Cline Road, Coffeyville, 67337.