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Steve Walker

Steve R. Walker

Wednesday, June 25th, 1952 - Sunday, August 9th, 2020
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Obituary

Steve Walker loved his family and friends, God and music. God loves us all, but the others loved him back fiercely because he was kind and genuine and talented and hilarious. Especially his texts. Steve made text-writing an art form.
Steve was born in Wilmington, Delaware, on June 25, 1952. He moved on to heaven on August 9, 2020. We are bereft without him.
Steve was a musical powerhouse - beautiful voice that could find an unexpected harmony or deliver a memorable lead; guitar skills that many tried to emulate; recording, producing and teaching chops. But he never got over his nemesis stage fright.
Among Steve’s lesser loves, but still notable: Brandywine High School (but only because of The Family); scrapple, which makes no sense; the Linux operating system, also inexplicably; Rehoboth Beach (the best summers of his life); big, beautiful thunderstorms; small, breakage-prone imported cars; and schmaltzy movies.
Steve will be remembered always by his beloved daughters Emily and Kate (to them, he was the coolest); his former spouse and forever loving family member Cheryl; his dad Bill; his sister Wendy, her spouse Dennis and their children and grandchildren; and his brother Mike and his spouse Julie. Steve’s mom, Shirley, and nephew, Greg, passed from this life earlier.
But his circle is much broader, and includes uncles and aunts and cousins; his musical family from multiple bands including Reunion Vocal Band, Damascus, Daybreak, Division Highway, Roadside Revue and more (Steve would remember all the names); almost everyone he ever worked with; and the faith communities he was part of over the years, where he listened attentively to God and debated lovingly with everyone else, and where he found his true calling in healing ministry.
Steve gladly gave complete attention and empathetic caring to every person he encountered. The pool of those who loved him is large and reaches deep.
NO FLOWERS PLEASE, if you’d like to make a donation, support something important to you. Steve would have wanted it this way. If you want ideas, consider Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center or Beyond Celiac, which reflect his daughters’ hearts.
Due to COVID-19 concerns and restrictions, we won’t gather now. When people can be together and make music together again, we’ll honor Steve.
Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at stradlingfuneralhome.com.
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Nancy Hart Moore

Posted at 11:02am
Knowing Steve was a highlight of my youth. I have many fond memories of fun times. He taught me how to listen to and appreciate music. To this day, I hear certain songs or musical styles that remind me of Steve. We didn't stay in close contact over the years, although we did see each other occasionally. When my mom was living in Wilmington, he visited with her several times. Mom particularly enjoyed when he shared pictures of his girls and played his newest songs for her. A few times when I was at Mom's, he came over and we had a good time reminiscing and catching up. Steve was a gentle, caring soul who will be sorely missed. My heart aches for his family and all who knew and loved him.
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Victoria Baer Holmes

Posted at 11:36am
From the age of two, I grew up with Stevie, as we called him. We lived two houses apart. I remember great times: climbing that old crab apple tree; building tree forts and club houses; ball games in the field. Just being kids and having fun. Stevie was always a good friend to all of us kids in the neighborhood. My deepest sympathies to his father, Wendy and Mike. That this happened is so unfathomable.
Minute by minute.
Day by day.
Inhale.
Exhale.
It's the only way...
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Suzanne traficante

Posted at 04:55pm
I am Suzanne BAER Traficante and grew up at 310 Concord Ave. I was very saddened to hear of Steve's passing. He was always a gentle soul. We used to love to go to the coffee houses to hear him play, especially the slide guitar! He had such a natural talent. It's hard to lose a brother, we lost Johnny in the late 90's and I still miss him every day. My greatest sympathies to the entire family. He is with God now and playing for all of the angels and us. It was such a shame what happened. I hope the guy gets a life sentence. Love to all.



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patrice mull

Posted at 04:48pm
Dear Emily, I am so very sorry about the loss. I remember getting to Steve through the school plays. He is with God and God is with you too. Find His comfort. my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Patrice Mull (Eliza's mom)
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Mervin Eugene Horst

Posted at 07:49am
I grew up in Upper Leacock Township, Lancaster County PA. I regularly read the obituaries in LNP lancasteronline.com. I am a charter member of Manhattan Mennonite Fellowship and former board member of Menno House. I know many of Kate's former roommates in Manhattan and in Brooklyn. I read with delight about Steve's love for scrapple in the obituary. I have an ongoing exchange about scrapple with a former manager who grew up in the Wilmington DE area--close enough to Philadelphia to know what good scrapple is. Kate, Grace and Peace to you in this time. Merv Horst The Heights in Upper Manhattan, NYC
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