Anthony Walko

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Anthony Walko

Anthony Walko Anthony Walko, 80, of Thorndale, Texas, formerly of Sharon, has died.
Anthony was born on Aug. 20, 1938, in Sharon. He was raised by Mike and June Walko.
He went to school in Sharon, but because of family difficulties he and his three sisters were sent to St. Joseph's Home in Erie.
After returning home, Tony attended Hickory Township High School. He graduated in 1958 and enlisted in the Air Force in 1958. He was assigned to bases in Texas, Mississippi, Germany, Japan, and Nakhum Phanom, Thailand-Vietnam before returning home.
He met his wife, Barbara, at Brooks Air Force Base in 1972; they married in Warren, Ohio, on March 9, 1973.
They were stationed at Rickenbacker Air Force Base and then MacDill Air Forced Base. In 1978, after 20 years of service, he retired 100 percent disabled and a Vietnam veteran and returned to Texas.
His best job was playing Santa. It started at MacDill Air Force Base for the main entrance guards with Christmas Eve cookies and home visits to base children. He continued after coming to Rockdale with being Santa for the area and riding in the Christmas parade.
He was a 4th Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus and an active member of the VFW. He was a second-generation American and found out recently that he was 100 percent Italian.
Anthony is survived by: his wife, Barbara of Thorndale; three sons, Ronald Embrey and wife, Hazel, of Rockdale, Texas, Michael Walko of Rockdale, and Patrick Walko of Cypress, Texas; a daughter, Nancy Walko of Victoria, Texas; four sisters, Beverly Redmond of Sharon, Nancy Hoffman of Sharpsville, Gayle Carlson of Sulfur, La., and Janice Goodnight of Florida; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mike Walko and June Lattyak, and son, Andy Walko.
Published on March 6, 2019
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