Alvin Jay "AJ" Walker
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Alvin Jay "AJ" Walker
Alvin Jay "AJ" Walker, 84, of Somerset, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on April 26, 2019. Born December 12, 1934 in Somerset Township, he was a son of the late George H. and Emma (Friedline) Walker. He is also preceded in death by his sister Lois Duyer. AJ is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Shirley (Miller) Walker; children Gregory (Carol) Walker, Jeffrey Walker all of Somerset, Keith (Lisa) Walker of State College, PA, Pamela (Roy) Burket of Huron, South Dakota, and Douglas (Lisa) Walker of Acme, PA.; grandchildren Cynthia (Bill) Lambert, Emma and Anna Walker, Kaitlynn (Shane) Augustine, Jonathan (Rachel) Walker, Sarah Walker & fiance Cale Kunkle, Ryan and Brandon Burket, Jacob, Elizabeth, and Ian Walker, and step-grandchildren Jason McClintock, Lexi Coleman, and Katie Wright; great-grandchildren Rachel and Matthew Lambert, Clark, Lee, and Nora Walker; brother Charles (Marion) Walker and sisters Ruth Stewart and Romaine Miller, and many nieces and nephews. AJ was an honorary member of the Sipesville Volunteer Fire Department, former member of the Sipesville Lions Club, member of the Somerset County Farm Bureau, the Sons of the American Revolution, and the Somerset Alliance Church where he served as an usher, communion steward, and on the Board of Trustees. He was recognized by the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce with the Grant B. Miller award in 1997, and the Somerset County Farm Bureau with the Distinguished Service to Agriculture award in 2005. As a teenager, AJ began his business ventures with an egg route in Johnstown, delivering door-to-door. He then expanded as far away as the Pittsburgh area. He was owner and operator of Walker's Poultry Farm along with his wife until 1978. He then began Walker's Farm Service along with his wife and three sons, operating until 2008. He farmed up to 1,000 acres for his dairy, beef, and potato farms. AJ was an entrepreneur at heart. He was the first in the area to have laying hens in cages; experimented with heating water with solar to wash the eggs; installed a coin operated egg carton dispenser in the 1960's; harvested 200 acres of potatoes in 1 year with one machine when industry standard was only 100 acres per machine; built a crop spraying and fertilizer business that serviced farms in a 100 mile radius, peaking at spraying 35,000 acres before retiring. AJ enjoyed travelling with his wife, and was a model train collector. He also enjoyed making maple syrup with his father and his children. His favorite desert was homemade ice cream with maple syrup on top. His love for fireworks and the need to be as close to the launch site as possible, has been passed on to the next generation. The farming community knew that if you needed a helping hand, AJ was there. Many looked forward to the Walkers Farm Service Customer Appreciation Day every summer, where good food and entertainment was enjoyed by all. The family thanks In-Touch Hospice for their loving and tender care during his last 4 weeks in this life. Friends will be received from 6-8 P.M. Thursday and 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. Friday at MILLER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, SOMERSET. A funeral service will be held at 3 P.M. Saturday at the Somerset Alliance Church with one hour of visitation prior to the service, Pastors Scott Ream, Donald Robson, and Roy Burket officiating. Interment will be at Casebeer Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be sent to Somerset Alliance Church at 708 Stoystown Road, Somerset, PA 15501 or In Touch Hospice at P.O. Box 1173 Somerset, PA 15501. To leave a condolence, please visit www.millerfuneralhomeandcrematory.com
Published on April 29, 2019
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Apr 29, 2019
I'm so sorry to hear of A.J. death. Please accept my condolences . I was looking forward to seeing him at the Walker reunion in June; he will be greatly missed.