Walker Randy Whitford

Tawas City, Michigan
December 2, 1958 - February 29, 2020


Visitation for Walker will be held Thursday, March 5th, 2020 from 4pm-8pm at Grace Lutheran Church located at 401 Main St in East Tawas, MI.

Service Location

Rushman Hall (formerly the Knights of Columbus Hall) ~ East Tawas


Walker’s funeral service will take place on Friday March 6th, 2020 at the Rushman Hall (formerly the K of C Hall) located at 821 Newman St. in East Tawas. Preceding the funeral, visitation will be held from 10 am-11am. The funeral services will begin at 11am with a dinner to follow. Walker’s family strongly encourages everyone able to attend the services to dress in bright color apparel to spread happiness and light during this time.

Obituary Notice

Walker R. Whitford, 61, passed suddenly while doing his favorite winter pastime of ice fishing on Saturday, February 29th, 2020.

Walker was born December 2, 1958, in Tawas City, MI to Roger and Fay (Herriman) Whitford and was a lifelong area resident. Walker married his high school sweetheart, Leesa Baldwin on October 15, 1977. Growing up he worked on a few different farms and as a plumber until he settled into his lifelong career as a mechanic. Walker was a man known to have the ability to fix anything. He worked several years at William Look & Sons and most recently had worked for the Iosco County Road Commission since 1993.

Walker was a man of kindness and of sincere curiosity of others. He was considered a mechanical genius. He was thoughtful and giving especially to his family. He loved family gatherings, tending to bonfires, hunting, fishing and talking. He was a man that never met a stranger and always engaged in conversation. He never missed any of his grandchildren’s events. He also never met a baby he didn’t love or love to hold. Walker always had a smile on his face and a friendly welcome to anyone he knew. He was a family man that loved life and the blessings that surrounded him.

He is survived by his father, Roger Whitford and Barbara Barens; his wife of 42 years, Leesa (Baldwin) Whitford; his children, Heather Whitford, Jake(Autumn) Whitford, Forrest (Reesie) Whitford, Jessie Smith, and son-in-law Scott Serda; his Grandchildren, Audrey Brock and Nick Serda, Xander, Joleen, Vincent and Charlotte Whitford, and Carter Chrivia; his siblings Rhonda (Chris) O’Driscoll, Debbie (Steve) Shaver, Susie (Bob) Buckler and Missy (Mitch) McManus; sibling in laws. Diane McGuire, Mark (Barb) Thompson, Dave (Alice) Baldwin, Curt (Raelene) Baldwin and Patti (Jeff) Satterlee. Walker is also survived by several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins as well as many honorary grandchildren he claimed as his own including, Sarah, Briggs, Kenna, Quinn, Max, and countless others.

He was preceded in death by his mother Fay, brother, baby boy Whitford; father and mother in law Meryl and June Baldwin; as well as several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Visitation for Walker will be held Thursday, March 5th, 2020 from 4pm-8pm at Grace Lutheran Church located at 401 Main St in East Tawas, MI. Walker’s funeral service will take place on Friday March 6th, 2020 at the Rushman Hall (formerly the K of C Hall) located at 821 Newman St. in East Tawas. Preceding the funeral, visitation will be held from 10 am-11am. The funeral services will begin at 11am with a dinner to follow. Walker’s family strongly encourages everyone able to attend the services to dress in bright color apparel to spread happiness and light during this time.

Given this tragic and sudden death, in lieu of flowers we ask that you please make donations directly to the Whitford family, c/o Leesa Whitford, 716 Sparton Rd., Tawas City, MI 48763


Given this tragic and sudden death, in lieu of flowers we ask that you please make donations directly to the Whitford family, c/o Leesa Whitford, 716 Sparton Rd., Tawas City, MI 48763


Lessa so so sorry to hear this. My love,thoughts and prayers to you and the family
— Brenda Bullock Verlac
So sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers to the entire family! May he Rest In Peace!
— Larry Studley
So sorry for your loss. Prayers for all.
— Jeannette Freytag
I am so sorry to hear this..Walker was a true friend and a former employee who was a great mechanic. He will be truly missed.
— Randy Look
I am truly sorry for your tragic loss. He was a wonderful man. If there anything I can do please let me know. Our prayers are with you all.
— Barb Reinke
My heart goes out to the Walker whitford families, and my grandson in-law Jake, I love you Jake, Autumn & great grand children and Leeza💖🌷 Heartfelt condolences to all of the Whitford family💔 Walker will surely be missed 🙏🌹❤💖
— LoisWilson
Our hearts are aching for our loss and Leesa’s pain. Walker was a warm loving man. He will be
Missed. Hugs and prayers to Leesa, Heather,
Jacob, Forrest, Roger and all the rest of the immediate family
With love Aunt Joy and Uncle Ron
— Joy Maloney
If you ever wondered what it would feel like to be hugged by bear, in an angels body, that would describe the greeting you would receive upon meeting this beautiful man. His face was a gift of love, light, and genuine happiness shone from his eyes. This is a man that knew love, showed love and showered it on everyone, that had the honor to spend any time with him. We are thankful to God, for the gift of his child, Walker. Our deepest prayers for all of his family and friends.
— Trisha & Peter Ward
Walker came into my work regularly at Miners Grove with his grandkids to get them slushees and always asked about my 1 1/2 year old son. He was such a nice guy, a good conversation, and I could tell he was a family man. Such a sad loss 😢 my condolences to the family
— Laura
We will miss you Uncle Walker. You were an amazing man with a heart of gold. Love, peace and of course hugs to the rest of the family. We love you.
— Scott and Christy Baldwin
I am so so sorry for your loss...was in shock when i found out. Phil and walker talked at the docters office every orher week....Phil passed in Oct. 2019...i know just how you feel..please take care..my prayers are with you and your kids.. j Sage
So sorry for your loss.
— Debbie Ashmore Dutton
Greg and I are so sorry to hear of Walker’s passing. We are sending thoughts and prayers to the family. Our hearts go out to you.
— Greg and Tina Michalski
Our hearts are broken. What a sweet sweet man. The kindest I have ever known. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Joyce and Dave Hill
— Joyce and Dave Hill
Sincere condolences to the Whitford family. Such sad news to hear. Walker was one of a kind I think. In almost 20 years of working with him there wasn’t a day that he didn’t shed some light and laughter. He will certainly be missed, but not forgotten.
— Bill Cholger
Sincere condolences to the Whitford family. May he RIP.
— Lou Hadley
Walker a great man, a loving, and most of all a friend to all. May our Lord & Savior wrap you in his arms for all eternity. Leesa and family our most sincere condolences and prayers for comfort.
— Dennis & Cheryl Frank
Sending my condolences to the Whitford family. You are all in my thoughts.
— Christine Sheldon
So sorry for you loss. My Condolence to the family.
— Betty Blake
Leesa and family...I am so deeply sorry! After reading everyone's kind words about Walker, I realize that he had the gift of making everyone feel truly loved and cared about. In doing that, he made everyone feel the most special because to him each one of us were. He was the kindest man, with the biggest heart and will be truly missed. Hugs, prayers and love to you all Leesa!
— Deana McKenzie
Prayers for Leesa an family in your loss. God is your strength an Hes there for comfort.
Again sorry for your loss Walker was a very interesting person always willing to step up an help
— Eileen M Castonguay-Kindell
Leesa & all of the Whitford family, walker was always a joy to be around and will surely be missed by everyone who knew him. As many have said his “ bear hugs” were the best! God be with all of you and help you through this time of loss. All our love, Cheryl & Dennis Frank
— Cheryl Frank
There is nothing I can say to make you feel better. Just know you two were and are true friends to Mike and I. We were both devastated when we heard the news. Just know we love you and if there is anything we can do for you Please let us know. Prayers and hugs to all.
— Linda M. Friedgen
Our sincere sympathy to the family. May he rest in peace. The Miknyocki Family
— Laura Miknyocki
Uncle Walker was a great man! Such a nice guy. Always happy. So sorry for your loss! Thoughts and prayers for the entire family!
(I am Kaitlyn, Rachel and Christopher Baldwin's mom)
— Deb Strawser
I always looked forward to visiting with Walker whenever I had the chance & Matt already misses seeing him first thing in the morning! Truly an incredible person who will be so greatly missed. ♥️
— Matt, Marisa, & Mila Nunn
We wish to send our condolences as your neighbors although we do not know you personally we are saddened by your unexpected loss. Knowing well how much it means to do what you love; may he continue fishing in Heaven... His life story tells it all God bless.
— Marta Hill
Sadly the world lost a great man. Uncle Walker was one of those people I truly looked forward to seeing or talking to. I didn’t see or know the Baldwin clan much but whenever I got to see him it was like we were best of friends. He welcomed me with open arms, even when I was a snotty teenager.

I still remember the last time I saw you Uncle Walker. I told you how I loved the decorations at Forrest wedding because I loved birch trees. You wanted me to enjoy my time in Tawas so the next day you walked me and a group of kids around to show me your land and point out every birch tree. You brought this city girl into “the wild” and found a way to connect with me. I never told you how much that walk meant.

You left your handprint on my heart every time we were together. God has gained an angel.
— Tara
Hugs and prayers for all of you. He was a pure pleasure to pass. His smile was contagious. Please know he brought joy to everyone he touched.
— Elwood and Colleen Sheffer
Our sincere condolences to the Whitford family. May he rest with the angels.
— The Theaker Family
Leesa, We are so sorry for your loss. Walker was truly a great man, friend to many, and a great neighbor. He will truly be missed. I wish I could be there for you. Know our prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
— Richard and Julie Lorenz
Thoughts & prayers go out to the whole Whitford family. Truly a nice guy. R.I.P. Walker.
— Barb Lopez (Stonehouse)
Dear Recee and Forrest, we are so sorry to hear of Walker's demise. Hugs to you in this difficult time.
— Al and Dee Bixby
My very deepest condolences to the entire family. Walker was such an inspiring, friendly and outgoing person. I would go years without seeing Walker and then when we would bump into one another, there was always a warm hug and great conversation. I was blessed to have known him. Prayers and God Bless.
— Tammy (Hewitt) Austin
Heaven has gained a shining example of how God wants people to treat each other. Walker was a light to the world. He will be missed.
— Denny and Mary Look
Loved being at the little league baseball game with him around he was always there with his genuine big smile that's what I loved about him
— John Bellinger
Dear Whitfords, I was crushed to hear the news about Walker. You were a second family to me growing up and I will cherish all of my memories of Walker. He was there for some of my greatest memories from the doghouse incident (you know what I'm talking about) to my first tip-up fishing trip and many in between. Heaven is surely rejoicing over his arrival. He was a great man, raised a great family, and remains a true inspiration to me. I love you all.
— Paul Albosta
Walker will be missed..I agree with all, that God has received an Angel!
— Ray Locke Family
Our love and prayers are with you during this period of loss.
— Ray and Robin Herriman
To the Whitford family, we are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers to Leesa and her family. I always enjoyed sitting around the camp fire when our families went camping and listening to the stories that were told around the fire.
— Lori and Tommy Nelkie
There are no words to fill the emptiness that I feel in my heart. Dad was the greatest man anyone could ever know. He accepted everyone for who they are and loved people. All I can say is to everyone that feels the same as I do now find comfort in your memories of dad and strive to live life the way he did, a smile on your face and bear hug for everyone you love.
— Jake
I am still in shock over the news. I have known Walker over 60 years. The first few I just referred to him as Rhonda's little brother. My deepest sympathy and prayers to all of this very large and very close family. His memory will live on in our hearts and minds.
— Linda Hayes
Leesa and family, we are so sorry for everything you are going thru. You and Walker have had a special journey down the road of life. Together you managed to make it thru all the potholes that kept popping up. We watched 2 kids, married young, deal with a lot of hard times, turn into the beautiful people you are today. We will miss him so much. Love to you all.
— Raelene Baldwin
The last time I saw Walker was at my Dad’s funeral 15 years ago. He made a point of telling me how much he liked my father and that my dad treated him like family. Those kind words stuck with me. I am so sorry for the loss of this kind man.
— Holly (Look) Barry
Im so sorry for your loss . Walker was the kindest man i ever new . He will be greatly missed . Love all of you God Bless
— Shelly Look-McArdle
So sorry for your loss. We will keep your family in our prayers
— Vides King family
my deepest heartfelt condolences to the entire family
— Frank Mahon
It saddened my heart to hear about the loss of such a great man. He always had a smile on his face. He raised a wonderful family along side his wonderful wife. He will truly be missed by many. He will always hold a special place in all of our hearts.
— Anna Polash
We are deeply saddened to hear of Walker’s passing. He was a wonderful man, neighbor and friend. We sympathize with you, with heavy hearts.
— Bob & Melodie Maciejewski
There are no words to express what this man meant to me. There was never a time that he didn't have the time to help me. Uncle Walker came into my life when I was about 6 from that time on he never hesitated when I called him for anything. It didn't matter what time of the day or night or how far away. Whether it was a mechanical problem or I just showed up at the house. He always had time. He never asked for anything in return. Uncle Walker was always all about FAMILY and he considered everyone he spent any time with his family. I will miss the all day campfires that he would insist on keeping going from the time we arrived until the time everyone broke camp. I will especially miss fishing on the pontoon with him. Rich, Tina, Matt, R.J. and I were lucky to have him in our lives.
Aunt Leesa, Heather & family, Jake &family, Forrest and Reecie our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love you all
— Kaelene
All my condolences to the family of Walker he will be greatly missed god be with you all love wilma maynard
— Wilma (LACY) Maynard
Walker, you were my sole mate, my rock, and my love! I will miss your hugs, your smile, and our life together! You will live on forever in my heart and in our children and grandchildren. You taught them all how to be kind, loving, caring, giving people! I see so much of you in them! Our love lives on thru them! I know you are in a better place ! I love you forever!
— Leesa
We moved to Whitford lane 11 years ago (we're in the grandparents house). The whole Whitford family has been a blessing to us. We started as neighbors and became friends very quickly. Walker will always be remembered by his genuine smile, laughter and bear hugs. Living across the street ment so much to Fred and I. Whenever something broke I always knew a man who could fix it, Walker. And many times he would get home to find a tiller, mower or vehicle waiting for his expertise in the driveway. He was a wonderful man and neighbor that will be remembered by all the good times. We all need to live by his example, a Godly man. Leesa, Roger and family we will be here if you need anything, don't hesitate. Holding the family up in prayers as they have another Angel to watch over them. Love to all, RIH Walker you'll be missed by many...
— Colleen&Fred Duncan
So many memories with Uncle Walker flooding my mind, and yet I'm struggling to translate them into words at this time. All of them make me smile. I feel very fortunate to have lived just down the road growing up and having him in my life. I echo all the kind words already said. May you rest in peace, I'll be sure to say hello mid November. A kind man, who loved his family and just enjoyed people. To Aunt Leesa, Heather, Jake, and your families, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
— Mike Baldwin
Walker, I will always remember your big smile and a welcoming hug whenever I saw you. Your love for others never went unnoticed. Sending my love and prayers to everyone who is hurting and praying for God's strength to take one day at a time.
— Veronica Albaugh (Kampa)
I heard about Walkers passing from his niece Renee. Although I hadn't spent time with him for many years, I will never forget his kindness and generosity. He was one of the nicest, most genuine souls I have ever known and cherished family most of all. I'll never forget him teaching me the best way to make fried potatoes on a campstove or the time he went above and beyond to help me fix a flat tire. His patience with me when I went deer hunting with the guys for the first time was unwavering. God speed, Walker, and my sincere condolences to his family and friends. I hope the wonderful memories chase away the grief sooner than later.
— John Roberts
Dear Whitford family, We are so sorry to hear about Walker passing. He was such a wonderful friend to many. I will always remember him as a wonderful father for his family and the fix it guy. Walker was always willing to help out his friends. Such a kind friendly heart to everyone. We will all miss you!
— Kayla and Mike Gracik
Correction to my previous: Aunt Leesa, Heather, Jake, *Forrest, and families, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
— Mike Baldwin

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