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Daniel Whitman Walker Sr., 71, of Waldorf died Sept. 26, 2012, at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Born March 20, 1941, in Lakewood, Ohio, he was the son of the late Herman Whitman Walker and the late Mildred Frances Evans Walker.

He was an armed guard at Bolling Air Force Base with Eastern Protection Agency and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy for eight years, eight months and 10 days, which included foreign sea service, where he received a National Defense Service Medal.

He was also a member of Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church in Waldorf and a member of the Southern Knights. He owned Motorworks in Waldorf and Calvert Business Machines in Prince Frederick. He also worked for IBM and Sears as a repairman for appliances and business machines he could fix anything. He loved children and taught them how to work on cars.

On New Year’s Eve, children would return to his home (after partying) to spend the night so they would be safe. When children were in trouble, no matter what time of night, he would go rescue them. His home was always open and he fed all the birds, cats, squirrels and other animals.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, David Evans Walker. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Bernadette Ann Gower Walker; one son, Daniel Whitman Walker Jr. (Patty) of Mechanicsville; one daughter, Dawn Marie Zanelotti (Joseph) of Helen; and four grandchildren, Samantha Zanelotti, Joseph Zanelotti, Daniel W. Walker III, and Brittany Danielle Walker.

The family will receive friends Thursday, Oct. 4, from 5 to 8 p.m., with a wake service to be held at 7 p.m., at Raymond Funeral Chapel in La Plata. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, Oct. 5, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church in Waldorf, with the Rev. Alain Colliou officiating. Interment will take place at 1 p.m. at Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Cheltenham.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, 100 Village St., Waldorf, MD 20602.