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'THE SIMPLE THINGS IN LIFE' AIR FORCE VETERAN SMART, CARING AND ALWAYS THANKFUL.

Byline: Holly J. Andres Staff Writer

An Air Force veteran, Glendon Walker will be remembered by his family and friends for being a font of information on world history and pirate lore.

Walker died at his Northridge home on Oct. 7. He was 68.

``He was an avid reader,'' said Thelma Beletzos, a friend since 1967. ``He read all kinds of history. He could give you details, all kinds of trivia and dates on historical events. He liked to watch news programs, especially 'Lou Dobbs.' He had strong opinions on issues and political personalities.''

Glendon Wayne Walker was born July 18, 1937, in Portland, Maine. He graduated from Deering High School in 1956, then enlisted in the Air Force, serving from 1957 to 1961 as a communications operator.

Walker dealt blackjack for a time in Las Vegas, before moving to Northridge, where he worked as a manufacturing supervisor for a local printing company. A car accident and disabling stroke ended his career.

``The simple things in life made him happy - going out and having birthday, seeing a tree or being with his grandchildren,'' said his daughter, Kimberly Whelan.

Walker was an avid reader, who especially loved stories about World War II battles, espionage and pirates.

``Anyone who met him would say, 'He was the most brilliant man I ever met,''' she said. ``He didn't like to talk about himself. He would rather talk about you. He was smart, caring and always thankful for the little things in life.''

He enjoyed listening to country music, especially songs by Johnny Cash. He had a sweet tooth and loved European licorice and See's candy.

Walker, who couldn't drive due to his disability and relied on the Meals on Wheels program for lunches, appreciated being picked up to go to one of his favorite restaurants, Brent's Deli in Northridge.

In addition to his daughter, Walker is survived by three grandsons and a sister, Rose Helen Waker.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday at Mission Hills Catholic Mortuary, followed by burial at San Fernando Mission Cemetery.

Holly Andres, (818) 713-3708

holly.andres(at)dailynews.com

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