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June 4, 2013

Dr. Floyd Walker Passes Away, Former UCM Athletic Director, Father to Burt, Barbara, Bill

Floyd A. Walker 
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Floyd A. Walker, 89, of Warrensburg, passed away Monday, June 3, 2013, at Country Club Care Center.

He was born March 25, 1924, in Knox County, the son of Verna and May (Tonkinson) Walker.

On Nov. 22, 1952, he was united in marriage to GAnna Bagby in Salem, Ark.

Floyd graduated from LaPlata High School in 1942 and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1946. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Northeast Missouri Teachers College in Kirksville, and then worked at LaPlata High School as the football, basketball and baseball coach from 1949 to 1956.

Floyd attended and received his master's degree from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz., in 1954. In 1956, he and his family moved from LaPlata to St. Charles, where he taught school and coached until 1962, when Floyd moved to Warrensburg to be the head baseball coach and assistant basketball coach. He completed his doctorate in education at the University of Arkansas in 1966, and became athletic director at Central Missouri State University, a position he held until 1980. He remained on staff as a professor until 1986. Floyd and GAnna moved to Raytown when he accepted the position of associate athletic director at UMKC from 1986 until his official retirement in 1992. That was the year they moved back to Warrensburg for good.
Floyd was a member of the First Christian Church of Warrensburg, where he served as deacon, chairman of the church board and elder.  He was a member of the American Legion Post 131, where he was a past commander, and a member of the VFW Post 2513.  Floyd was a member and past president of the Warrensburg Kiwanis Club as well as several professional organizations. He served on the NCAA Division II Basketball Tournament Committee and was one of the founding members of the Rusty Zippers Club in Warrensburg.  In 2000, he was inducted into the Athletic Directors Hall of Fame.
Floyd is survived by his wife, GAnna; two sons, Burt Walker and wife, Nancy, of Lee's Summit, and Bill Walker and wife, Karen, of Des Moines, Iowa; one daughter, Barbara Walker of Winston Salem, N.C.; one sister, Betty Herr of Quincy, Ill.; five grandchildren, Jennifer Ness and husband, Ryan, of Grinnell, Iowa, Ryan Walker of Chicago, Ill., Vincent Walker and Claire Walker, both of Des Moines, Iowa, and Ruan Walker of Winston Salem, N.C.; and three great-grandchildren, Connor, Brooke and Megan Ness.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Wuanita Perry.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 7, at the First Christian Church in Warrensburg, with Pastor Jerry Basye officiating.
Interment will follow at Warrensburg Memorial Gardens with full military honors provided by Warrensburg American Legion Post 131 and VFW Post 2513.
The family will receive friends from 9 a.m. until service time Friday in the Christian Life Center at the church.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the First Christian Church Building Fund or Johnson County Hospice and both can be left in care of Sweeney-Phillips & Holdren Funeral Home in Warrensburg.

Dr. Floyd Walker
FORMER UCM ATHLETIC DIRECTOR DR. FLOYD WALKER PASSES AWAY
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WARRENSBURG, Mo. -- Central Missouri Athletics mourns the passing of former Athletic Director and 1995 UCM Athletic Hall of Fame inductee, Dr. Floyd Walker, who passed away on Monday at the age of 88. Services are scheduled for Friday, June 7 at the First Christian Church, 101 E. Gay St. in Warrensburg. Visitation will be 9-11 a.m. with services following at 11 a.m. at the church.

"UCM Athletics has lost a great friend and supporter in Dr. Floyd Walker," said Athletic Director Jerry Hughes. "He was an ardent supporter of our coaches and student-athletes both during his time as athletic director and in the years that followed. He always had a smile on his face and he will truly be missed."

Walker originally came to Central Missouri in 1962 as head baseball coach and assistant basketball coach. In 1966 he was named director of athletics and served in that capacity until 1980. During his tenure as athletics director, numerous major advancements were made in athletics at Central Missouri, including the construction of the Multipurpose Building and the current baseball and softball facilities.
The Mules' football program received two bowl game invitations. In addition to his duties as athletics director, Walker also was a professor in the physical education department. He served on the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Committee for six years and chaired that committee for the 1979-80 season.

After leaving Central Missouri, Walker spent six years as the assistant athletics director at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, when the school made its transition from an NAIA program to an NCAA Division I program.

Walker served in the Army Air Corps in World War II, (CBI) China, Burma, India Campaign and was a part of "America's Greatest Generation."


Hall of Fame

Dr. Floyd Walker 
Induction Class of 1995
Athletic Director

Dr. Floyd Walker
Athletic Director, 1966-80

Walker originally came to Central Missouri in 1962 as head baseball coach and assistant basketball coach. In 1966 he was named director of athletics and served in that capacity until 1980. During his tenure as athletics director, numerous major advancements were made in athletics at Central Missouri, including the construction of the Multipurpose Building and the current baseball and softball facilities.

The Mules' football program received two bowl game invitations. In addition to his duties as athletics director, Walker also was a professor in the physical education department. He served on the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Committee for six years and chaired that committee for the 1979-80 season.
After leaving Central Missouri, Walker spent six years as the assistant athletics director at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, when the school made its transition from an NAIA program to an NCAA Division I program. He retired in Warrensburg with his wife GAnna.

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  • NACDA Link

    May 25, 2000
    Eighteen Administrators Named To NACDA Hall Of Fame Class Of 2000
    CLEVELAND - Eighteen highly-respected athletics administrators were selected for induction into the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Hall of Fame, it was announced today by NACDA President Dave Hart, Jr., director of athletics at Florida State University.
    Director of Athletics
    Central Missouri State University (UCM today)
  • Baseball Coach and Physical Education Instructor
    Central Missouri State University
  • Associate Director of Athletics and Compliance Coordinator
    University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Athletics Director and Coach
    St. Charles High School
  • Coach and Physical Education Instructor
    LaPlata High School

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Chair of the Division II Basketball Committee
    NCAA Foundation
  • Member
    Phi Delta Kappa

Education

  • bachelor's degree
    Northeast Missouri State College
  • doctorate
    University of Arkansas
  • master
    Arizona State College
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    nacda.ocsn.com, 25 May 2000 [cached]
    The 2000 Hall of Fame class includes: Paul Bogan, Westfield State College; John Caine, University of Oregon; Rocco "Rocky" Carzo, Tufts University; Jean Cerra, Barry University; Howard Davis, Jackson State University; Dean Ehlers, James Madison University; Dave Gavitt, Providence College; Catherine "Kit" Green, University of Washington; Jim Harvey, Miami-Dade Community College-North; Bill Hollinger, Hiram College; Phyllis Howlett, Big Ten Conference; Joe Justice, Rollins College; Ed Markey, St. Michael's College; Bill Marshall, Franklin & Marshall College; Bob Mason, Austin College; Walter Reed, Florida A&M University; Floyd Walker, Central Missouri State University; and Frank Windegger, Texas Christian University.
    ...
    Floyd WalkerCentral Missouri State University Floyd Walker began his career in 1949 as a coach and physical education instructor at LaPlata High School in Missouri, a position he held for seven years before becoming the athletics director and coach at St. Charles High School in Missouri for six years.In 1962, Walker was selected as the basketball and baseball coach and physical education instructor at Central Missouri State University.Four years later, he was named CMSU's director of athletics.In 1987,Walker became the associate director of athletics/compliance coordinator at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and served in that position until his retirement in 1992.Walker was chair of the NCAA Division II Basketball Committee.In addition to NACDAWalker was also a member of Phi Delta Kappaand a member of the American Association of Health,Physical Education and Recreation.Walker earned hisbachelor's degree from Northeast Missouri State College; hismaster's from Arizona State College and his doctorate from the University of Arkansas.


Dr. Floyd A. Walker, Warrensburg  American Legion
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Floyd Walker
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3/25/1924 - N/A
Branch: Army Air Corps
Rank: Sergeant
Unit: Army Air Force, 10th Air Force
Outfit: Combat Cargo Outfit
Service Dates: 1943 - 1946
Veteran Station: Johnson
County: Johnson
Conflicts World War II
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Sgt. Floyd Walker, China Burma India
Sgt. Floyd Walker, China Burma India CBI
Sgt. Floyd Walker, China Burma India, CBI
Dr. Walker served in the Army Air Corps in World War II, (CBI) China, Burma, India Campaign and was part of "America's Greatest Generation". 
Our condolences go out to the entire Walker family and his friends everywhere, he will be greatly missed and we fortunate to have known him.

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