Michael M. Walker

Michael Marvin Walker, 77, passed away peacefully in the company of his twin brother, Fred Walker, at Sacred Heart Hospital on Thursday January 7, 2021. Mike was a decorated army veteran who served with the 25th Infantry Division in the Vietnam War.

Mike was born on August 13, 1943 to Marvin and Hazel (Insteness) Walker in Eau Claire, WI. Mike enlisted in the army and was stationed first in Alaska and then in Pearl Harbor. Mike went on to serve in the Vietnam War where he was awarded one Bronze Service Star and was the recipient of a Purple Heart. He was decorated with a Combat Infantryman Badge, National defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal.

After serving in Vietnam, Mike started a long career at Uniroyal. Near his retirement, he thought it would be fun to become the proprietor of a lake side tavern and campground. He ran Sugarbush on Chain Lake for approximately 10 years. Later, he purchased a hobby farm, where he enjoyed relaxing and feeding the deer and birds and riding his UTV with his daughters and grandchildren.

Mike is survived by his three daughters, Kari, Traci, Michelle and twin brother Fred, brother Don and two sisters, Joan and Sharon and seven beloved grandchildren.

On January 15 at 2:00pm, he will be laid to rest at Northern WI Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner WI.


Friends and family may leave online condolences at www.smithfuneralec.com. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Chippewa Valley Veterans Tribute Park, www.ecveteransfoundation.com. Go Packers!


  1. Don, Joan,Fred and Sharon, my condolences for you all on the passing of Mike, I just saw his obituary on facebook, saw the picture and knew immediately who it was, looks so much like my dad, your dad and Fred, Glad we were able to get together last summer Fred, hope we will be able to again this summer, I’m so sorry for your loss

  2. I’m so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. Last summer while going through old photos from my mom and dad I came across several photos of mom and dad with the twins. I’m sure dad remembered he and Marvin as children in Mike and Fred. We spent so much time with Marvin’s family growing up,there was an amazing bond with dad and Marvin.
    My deepest symphony to all the family from our family.

  3. Mike was a quiet, fun-loving guy whom we met when he bought Sugarbush. All of you have my deepest sympathies as you go through this time of sorrow. Remember the best, forget the rest. God bless you all!
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  4. Dear Michelle, Traci, and Kari; I’m very sorry to learn about the recent passing of your dear father and beloved family member. It’s a hard time to go through something like this and I know you are sad and missing him terribly. Sending you lots of love and peace while you are mourning his loss.

  5. We met Mike when he started coming into Fireside Bar, We enjoyed his company very much. Our deepest sympathy to you all!

  6. Our sincere sympathy in the loss of your loved one. Mary and I both had the pleasure of getting to know Mike. Mary got to know Mike through school and living close to one another, and I met Mike through UniRoyal. Mary and I both had the pleasure of not only knowing Mike, but also working for him at Sugarbush. Mike was a quiet guy but still knew how to have fun. We hadn’t been in touch with Mike in a few years and was sad to hear of his passing. He was a great guy and he will be missed!

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