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Cletus J. Walker
Cletus Walker
Cletus J. Walker, 1931-2014 - photo by Contributed/Picha Funeral Home

Cletus J. Walker, age 82 years, of Hillsboro, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 at the Tomah VA Medical Center in Tomah, Wisconsin.

He was born on Aug. 16, 1931 to Melvin and Christina (Svitak) Walker in Grant County, Wisconsin.  Cletus served in the U.S. Army in 1952 and 1953 in the Korean War.

Cletus was united in marriage to Lois Havlik on June 16, 1954 in Hillsboro.  They lived in the rural Richland Center area until 1975, when they moved to a farm near Hillsboro.

In addition to his work farming, he also was a carpenter and raised beef cattle.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening.  He was a member of the American Legion Chapter 32 in Richland Center, the Disabled American Veterans and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hillsboro.

Survivors include his wife, Lois of Hillsboro; children, Vicki (Floyd) Anderson of Richland Center, Dave (Anita) Walker of Richland Center, Steve Walker of Wonewoc, Kevin (Stella) Walker of Hillsboro and Terry (Rose) Walker of Hillsboro; 15 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren; a brother, Gerald (Sharon) Walker of LaFarge and a sister, Cleota Caldwell of Belleville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Kenneth Walker; sister, Lelia Liegel; and brother-in-law, Everett Caldwell.

Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hillsboro, with Rev. Conrad Prell officiating.  Interment will be at a later date in the Mount Vernon Cemetery in Hillsboro.  Friends called at the Picha Funeral Home in Hillsboro on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. and at the Church on Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m.  For online information go to