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Bethel Ray Walkup

December 17, 1934 — September 1, 2022

Waco, Texas

CW4 Bethel Ray Walkup, US Army (ret), age 87, passed away in the early morning hours of September 1, 2022, from Parkinson’s disease.  The memorial visitation has been CANCELLED FOR SATURDAY AFTERNOON . Inurnment will be in Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas at 11 am, Friday, October 7th.

Ray was born in Clarita, Oklahoma, December 17, 1934, the son of Roy and Mary Walkup.

After 31 years of service, he retired from the Army where he worked on air defense guided missile systems. Following his retirement from the Army he went back to school and earned his B.S. in Management from Park University and an M.A. in Business and Management from Webster University.  He then taught Business Management for 10 years at both Park University and Southwest Institute in El Paso, Texas.

Ray was preceded in death by his sons James Ray, Thomas Patrick and his wife Norma.

Survivors include his daughters Linda Kay Rothblatt, Karen Hester, his step-daughter Anne Mickleburgh, and many grandchildren.

In a show of support, the family has suggested the Parkinson’s Foundation at, for memorial contributions.

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Friday, October 7, 2022

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery

11463 Texas 195, Killeen, TX 76542

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