Vernie Ray Walker, 77, of Langley, Okla., passed away at St. Francis Hospital in Vinita Monday evening, January 8, 2018 after a long illness. He was born March 3, 1940 northwest of Welch to James Leister Walker and Hazel Marie (Buck) Walker.

In 1960, Vernie married Joyce Maxson in Welch, Okla.  From their union came two children. He later married Annette Nancy Elliott. The couple made their home in Langley. Nancy survives the home.

Vernie obtained his Doctorate Degree in Veterinary Medicine. He owned and operated his own Vet Clinic in Miami until 1987. He then went to work in Disease Control for the State of Oklahoma, working for them for over ten years, retiring in 2007.

While in school, he was a member of the ROTC. He was a longtime member of the Ketchum Methodist Church. He had a love for animals and gardening.

He is preceded in death by his parents and seven brothers.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy, one son, Craig Walker and wife Debbie of Vinita; one daughter, Sherri Brady and husband Mike of Welch; one step son, Jay Dunavent and wife Leslie of Claremore; two step daughters, Elizabeth Wolfenberger of Owasso, and Rebecca Doles and husband Greg Milanic of Oklahoma City; 14 grandchildren, Jonathan Walker of Langley, Jarred Walker and wife Annie of Broken Arrow, Jennifer Walker of Stillwater, Jacob Mount and wife McKenzie of Welch, Hannah Mount of Welch, Shelbie Langlois of  St. Louis, Mo., Kade Brady of Welch, Kaylie Brady of Welch, Shelby, Spencer, and Brooklyn Dunavent of Claremore, Alex Doles of Greensburg, Pa., Cassie Doles of Oklahoma City, and Sophie Wolfenberger of Owasso; and one great grandson, Calvin Michael Langlois.

A visitation will be held Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Thomas Funeral Home Chapel in Welch. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, January 12, 2018, also at the Thomas Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Randy Little will officiate. Burial will follow in the Welch Cemetery. Family members will serve as pallbearers.

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Services are entrusted to the Thomas Funeral Home in Welch.