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Quintin Walker

April 16, 1937 — June 14, 2024


Quintin Walker

Quintin Allen Walker, "Gookoosh" in Ojibwe, passed away June 14th, 2024. He was born in Charlevoix MI on April 16, 1937. He graduated from Charlevoix High School in 1956 where he excelled in football, basketball, and track. He loved all kinds of sports, fishing and the game of golf. His bucket list of The Old Course was crossed off with family in 2004, Old Head in 2007.

He went to college briefly in Marquette before enlisting in the US Army. While stationed in Fort Campbell, KY, he met his future wife, Nancy Carol Bodine, and they married on January 4, 1964. He served twice in Korea and the Vietnam war, and became afflicted by Agent Orange and its horrendous ensuing effects after retiring at 22 years of service.

Husband and wife enjoyed more than 60 years together, had two children, Melissa (Missy) and Quintin II (Buff). Together they travelled far and wide while living in KY, Fort Walters, TX, Fort Benning, GA, Pirmasens Germany while in 1st Cavalry Division travelling the British Isles and Europe, back to Fort Campbell and the 101st Airborne, retiring to Bumpus Mills, TN, and finally back home to Charlevoix in December 1979. He enrolled in the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, where he sat in Judgeship in the Tribal Appellate Court, worked for MIETS, and retired again in 1999.

Quintin I is preceded in death by his son in February 2010 and his mother, Irene Walker Compo, and a very special Aunt, Clara Walker. Nancy and his daughter survive him. Melissa is married to Robert Jay Mason from Spokane, WA, whose two sons Steven Jay and Ryan Matthew and wife Hope Marie Richards, and grandsons Chase Matthew and Caleb Christopher, were also special in his heart.

No services will be held. He will be missed for his zest for activity and joviality, but mostly for his love and caring heart. Rest in Peace, Retired Sergeant First Class, that's an order! Give QII and Kobe and all the friends and family preceding, the biggest hugs. Until we meet again... In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Greensky Hill Methodist Church in Charlevoix Michigan.

Arrangements are in the care of the Charlevoix Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.  Please sign his online guestbook at

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