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      Leland Wayne ‘Jack’ Walkup
      May 4, 1928 – April 7, 2016

      Leland Wayne “Jack” Walkup, 87, a resident of Foley, passed away Thursday, April 7, 2016, in Foley.

      He was born May 4, 1928, in Golden City, Missouri.

      He was the sixth and youngest child of George Eugene and Jessie May Buchanan Walkup. He was given the nickname of “Jack” while quite young because he would clinch his hands in a fist and it reminded family members of boxer Jack Dempsey.

      Leland Wayne ‘Jack’ Walkup
      . . . also known as Lee

      Many people also knew him as “Lee.”

      His siblings were Floyd Walkup, Roy Walkup, Berle Walkup, George Carlton Walkup, and Fern Walkup. Leland was the last surviving child in the family.

      At the age of 16, “Jack” served in the Maritime Service. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1946 to 1966, retiring at the rank of senior master sergeant. He was awarded three commendation medals for meritorious service and outstanding achievement.

      After retiring from the Air Force, he was employed by the Veterans Administration and retired as an assistant director of the Bay Pines Medical Center in Florida.

      Leland married Betty Jane Butler in 1948 in St. Louis, Missouri. She preceded him in death in 1994.

      Children from this marriage are: Linda Walkup McCloskey of California; Bruce (Mickey) Walkup of Utah, and Michael (Ellen) Walkup of Arizona. There are eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

      Leland later married Marilyn Kay Newby Munson in 1994 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She preceded him in death in 2010. Marilyn’s children from a prior marriage are Elaine (David) Munson Hutton of Illinois, Richard (Cheryl) Munson Jr. of Pennsylvania and Shirley (David) Munson Andrus of Indiana. There are eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

      “We’ll greatly miss our father,” a family member said.

      Services were Friday, April 15, 2016, in the chapel of Wolfe-Bayview Funeral Home, Foley, at 11 a.m. Burial was in Swift Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

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      23208 Swift Church Road
      Foley, AL 36535
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