A Memorial Mass for Deacon Rod Walker will be held on at 10 a.m. June 23, 2018, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Madill, Okla.
Rod was born in Ardmore on Sept. 29, 1946. He graduated from Ardmore High School in 1964. He passed away at the age of 71 on Feb. 8, 2018, at his home in Port St. Lucie, Florida.  A Mass of Christian Burial, officiated by Frs. Paul Gabriel and Obi Zunmas, was held at St. Lucie Catholic Church in Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Feb. 16, 2018.  He was inurned on March 7, 2018, in the Gate of Heaven Mausoleum, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Cemetery, Royal Palm Beach, Fla.  
He is predeceased by his parents, Leonard H. “Granny” Walker and Mary Pauline Chambers Walker, and brother, Larry Joe.
Survivors include Constance D. “Kitty” Walker, his wife of 50 years, and two sisters, Marilyn Holmes and her husband Charles “Buddy”, and Sallie Walker.  He is also survived by seven children: Dr. Brandi Walker, Bill Martella, Robert Martella, Joanne Martella Dean and her husband Andy, Maria Walker Ibarra and her husband Luis, Ana Liliana Tovar Walker and Melisa Quiroz Walker; two nephews, Chris and Wesley Holmes; ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren; cousins Wayne and Tom McClure of Dickson, and Beverly Hodgson of Albuquerque.  
After graduating from OSU, with a BS and MS in Agricultural Economics, he worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington DC. He received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1977. In the fall of 1979 he and Kitty, went into business for themselves in Madill, Okla. They started a computer consulting firm and retired from that business in 2013.  
Rod received his Pastoral Ministry Degree in 2005 from Newman Catholic University in Wichita, Kan., and was ordained a Deacon for the Catholic Church in November 2006.  As a deacon, he was ordained into the servant-life of Jesus. He took this vow seriously, as was demonstrated through the many things he did for others, especially children.
Following retirement, they moved to New Orleans in 2011, and then to Florida in 2015.  
Online condolences may be made at craddockfuneralhome.com.