Charles W.G. Walker, 85, of Grandview passed away on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, at Regional Hospital in Yakima. Charles was born July 12, 1927 in Bournemouth, England. He grew up in Bournemouth. He served in the British Navy, and moved to the U.S. after World War II.

He was an accountant and had a consulting firm in Washington D.C. for 40 years.

Charles was well traveled, electing to move to the Northwest in 2006 and making his home in Sunnyside and Grandview.

Charles loved life, had an engaging personality and was happiest around family, his friends and his cats.

Charles is survived by his wife, Laura of Grandview; his three children, Linda Ann Walker-Hill of California, James Walker of Seattle and David Walker of Virginia; stepchildren, Kelly Dau of Maryland and Scott Dau of Florida; 12 grandchildren; and his siblings in England, Molly, Eleanor, Robert and James.

The family would like to thank all of the staff at Regional Hospital for their commitment to Charles's care, as well as, the 911 responders for their supportive help to Charles's family. They especially want to thank Dr. H. Halma for the effort and care he provided to both Charles and his family for the past several years.

Family and friends will hold a memorial service celebrating Charles's life on Sunday Sept. 16, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 500 N. Elm St., in Grandview. Those wishing to sign Charles's on-line memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Home Ltd. and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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