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David Walkup

Born: Fri., Feb. 28, 1930
Died: Tue., Dec. 15, 2020


9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Mon., Dec. 21, 2020
Location: Amling/Schroeder Funeral Service - Coquille Chapel

Graveside Service

1:00 PM Mon., Dec. 21, 2020
Location: Coquille Pioneer Cemetery

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David “Leon” Walkup, known to his great grandchildren as “Walka-Walka”, was a devoted husband, father, brother, grandfather, and friend. It is with sadness that we share of his passing December 15, 2020.


David was born to Benjamin and Martha Walkup on February 28, 1930, in Bristow, Oklahoma. David was one of 10 children. He was known to be a sweet and silly boy who grew up fast and learned the value of hard honest work. 


David was a proud father to 8 children, Charmaine, Lorna, Becky, Davene, David, Dianna, Cheryl and Elaine. He also welcomed Pennys children and grandchildren as his own. 


David joined the United States Air Force in 1948. He was proud to serve his country and honored many times for outstanding workmanship, dedication, and commitment to his specialty. Davids service spanned internationally to include serving in the Vietnam War. In 1968, after 20 years of service, David was honorably discharged and retired to Tacoma, Wa. Soon after his retirement from the Air Force David was hired at the Asarco Smelter in Tacoma, Wa. He worked there until 1985 when he retired. 


While serving his country, David also worked tirelessly to provide for his family. He was known to seek odd jobs to include contacting local farmers to work their fields in exchange for a portion of the crop. He was a true jack of all trades working mechanical, plumbing, and carpentry; if he didnt know how he would find a way


David could often be found lending a helping hand. He had a strong faith in the Lord and believed that it was his calling to help others whenever the opportunity presented itself. In his later years he continued to help others through prayer and enlisting help.


The outdoors were always calling. Some of Daves happiest times were spent on the water fishing, wandering through the woods, and exploring Gods great creation.


David leaves behind his siblings, Sharline (Fred) Tuggy, Shirline (Roland) Clark, Wayne (Diane) Walkup. His children Lorna (Steve) Kearns, Becky (Bob) Trent, Davene Rodocker, David Walkup, Dianna (Andy) Flores, Cheryl (Ken) Munoz, Elaine Walkup. He also leaves behind his 15 grandchildren and their spouses, 24 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandson. Last but not least, his companion, puppy, his “little girl”, Gidget. 


David was preceded in death by his parents Benjamin and Martha Walkup, his siblings Ellen, Wana-Ruth, Anita, William, Ben, and Danny, his daughter Charmaine, his grandchildren Christene and Stephen, and his beloved wife Penny


We would like to express sincere gratitude to Dolly Miller and the other caregivers who so lovingly tended to Davids needs. David was well loved. He cherished every cup of coffee while reading the Bible with friends, every phone call, and every heartfelt card that he received. The cookies that he would find time to time on his porch always filled his heart and his belly

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John Macaras
   Posted Fri December 18, 2020
I'm so sorry to learn the passing of David Walkup. My condolences to Davene Kendra and family . I figured something was happening at your home, since Christmas lights weren't on

Christi Darnell
   Posted Thu December 24, 2020
Always the sweetest man! I loved when he was outside at the mailboxes so we could chat a bit! He will be missed.

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