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Peter Stewart Walker, Adair Co., KY native (d. Jan. 23, 2013)

Peter Stewart Walker grew up in Columbia, KY and attended Adair County public schools through the 12th grade. He was a member of a distinguished Adair County family. He was a graduate of the University of Kentucky, completed a 20 year career in Army aviation, and continued his military career in the Army reserves and earned the United States Reserve Officer of the Year. When recalled to active duty in the U.S. Army, he rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. At the time of his death he was Deputy Director of Aviation for the United States Department of Interior at its headquarters in Boise, Idaho.
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Peter Stewart Walker passed away unexpectedly in Boise, Idaho on January 23, 2013. He was the son of the late Ralph Russell "Pete" and Edith H. Cundiff Walker of Columbia, KY and a graduate of Adair County schools and of the University of Kentucky.

Stewart made a career in the Army for over 20 years. While in the Army, he was Commander of the Aviation Unit at West Point, two tours to Korea, and was stationed in Haiti and Somalia. After transferring from the regular army to the Army reserve, he was stationed at Joint Base Lewis McCord where his work garnered him the award for Reserve Officer of the Year for the United States and mention in Congressional testimony by the then Commanding General of the Army Reserves.

While living in Seattle, Washington, he became a pilot for Horizon, a subsidiary of Alaska Airlines, and then later became a first officer for American Airlines. Following 9/11, he was recalled to duty and was assigned to Army Headquarters in Seattle for three years coordinating aviation operations. He retired from the Army with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

As a civilian, Stewart took a job as Director of Aviation for the U.S. Department of the Interior in the southeast region working out of Atlanta, Georgia. After several years in that position, he became Deputy Director of Aviation for the United States Department of Interior stationed at its headquarters in Boise, Idaho.

Stewart is survived by

  • A son: Peter Stewart Walker Jr., of Rhinelander, Wisconsin

  • A stepson: Liam Lacey and wife Theresa Walker of Seattle, WA

  • A sister: Vicky (Joe) Walker Smith of Washington, DC

  • A brother: John Hunter (Marcia) Walker of Frankfort, KY

  • Nephews: Russell Hughes Walker Jr., of Seattle, WA; Ensign Thomas Walker Smith, of Pensacola, FL

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  • One niece, Hallie Marie Smith, of North Hampton, MA

  • His aunt and uncle: Ann and Jim Russell, of Louisville, KY

  • His Aunt Frances Johnson of Campbellsville, KY and St. Louis, MO
  • And a wealth of cousins and friends
  • His brother, Russell Hughes Walker, died on February 16, 2011.

    Funeral arrangements are to scatter his ashes at Puget Sound, an inlet of the Pacific Ocean in the state of Washington, at a date to be announced.

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