Memorial services for Keith Fulton Walker will be 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, at the First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Rick Baggett and Dr. Bill Galbraith officiating. A visitation is planned from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Craddock Funeral Home.
Keith was born on March 21, 1921, in Dallas, Texas, to Maud Lewright Willie (mother) and Loyd Fulton Walker (father). He passed peacefully from this life on Friday, Feb.16, 2018, in Oklahoma City at the age of 96.
Keith graduated from Highland Park High School in 1938, and attended college at Southern Methodist University, where he graduated in 1942, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology. While in college, he played on the varsity tennis team. He was senior class president and also president of his fraternity Phi Delta Theta. After graduation, he joined the Army Air Forces during WWII, serving from 1942 to 1946. His training included cadet school at Yale University and training at Lowery Field in Denver, Colo. Advanced training was at MIT in Boston, where he studied aerial mapping. He was then stationed at Peterson Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. Keith spent two years stationed in Guskara, India, where he did aerial mapping of the Hump area from India across Burma into Western China. From there he was transferred to the Philippines, where he was the commanding officer of the Sixth Photo Squadron and obtained the rank of captain. Upon returning to the United States, he attended the University of Oklahoma, where he received his Master of Science Degree in Geology using the GI bill. He then returned to SMU, where he was a professor of geology.
Keith took a group of students, all of which were WWII veterans, on a field trip for a summer semester, in Alaska, to study geology. While teaching at SMU, he met the love of his life, Mary LuAnn Foster, whom he married on Sept. 10, 1949. Keith and Ann moved to Ardmore and were happily married for 61 years. He worked for J.D. Lewis and H.F. Gibson as an independent geologist before drilling his first oil well in 1951. With this well as a beginning, he started his own company, Keith F. Walker Oil & Gas Company, which he ran for over 50 years.
Keith was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, where he served on the board of deacons and the board of trustees. He served on the board of directors for the First National Bank of Ardmore since 1965, and was chairman of the board from 1986 until 1992. He also served on the board of directors for the YMCA, Omniplex Science Museum in Oklahoma City and the OIPA. He was a member of the 4 Seasons Dance Club and the TLF Dance Club.
Keith enjoyed playing volleyball at the YMCA and playing tennis with his friends. He was a private pilot. One of his favorite places was Breckenridge, Colo., where the family spent many ski vacations and summer trips. Keith and Ann traveled all over the world. They truly enjoyed cruising to new and exciting places.
Keith and Ann enjoyed ballroom dancing all their lives. He was a Supreme Gold Ballroom dancer. He and his professional partner competed as Pro-Am dancers in many competitions across the country. He competed in the United States Ballroom Championship in Miami, Fla., where he won four gold medals. He competed from 1983 to 1995. Keith and Ann were National Fred Astaire Amateur Champions in 1988. He loved the competitions and always enjoyed competing against younger couples. He also loved teaching and sharing his love for dance.
Keith enjoyed life from simple day-to-day work, to flying the skies and dancing with his beloved wife. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He was always kind, generous and slow to anger. Keith was a role model on how to live a good and worthy life. He was considered the perfect gentleman.
Keith was preceded in death by his parents, Loyd and Maud Walker; wife, Mary LuAnn “Ann” Walker; and grandson, Nicholas Walker.
He is survived by his daughter, Luann Walker, of Ardmore; sons, Dale Walker and wife, Mary, of Norman, and Bob Walker and wife, Cristy, of Denver, Colo.; grandchildren, Aaron Walker, of Norman, Audrey Walker of Oklahoma City, Stephen Smith and Michael Smith, both of Oklahoma City, Sarah Fugett and husband, Ethan, of Oklahoma City; and one great-grandchild on the way.
Pallbearers will be Curtis Davidson, Lovell McMillan, Bob Drake, Lance Jones, Jim Patton and Keith Gray. Honorary bearers are Clayton Lodes, Mike Chandler, Tom Dunlap, Wayman Woodley, Creede Speake, Bill Dolman, Scott Chapman, Henry Roberts, John Kriet and Bob Bramlett.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or the charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be made at craddockfuneralhome.com.