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Funeral services for Bertin P. Walker, 76, of 3137 Canterbury Lane, who died Saturday morning at a local hospital, will be held at the Wall-Diffenderfer Mortuary and burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery.
A Kansas newspaperman for many years and a former state printer, Mr. Walker had been ill only since Monday night.
Following the profession in which his father, the late William H. Walker, had been engaged for a number of years, Mr. Walker worked on the Osborne County Farmer, a weekly publication for four years as a young man, and came to Topeka in 1901 as a paragrapher on the Topeka Daily Capital.
Born in Winnecomme, Wis., Jan. 29, 1872, he had come with his parents to Kansas when a boy and settled at Peabody, where his father was owner of the Peabody Gazette.
He returned to Osborne in 1904, when he bought the newspaper there, and was the owner until a few years ago. In 1920, he once more came to Topeka at the request of Henry J. Allen, who was governor, to fill out the unexpired term of state printer after the death of Imri Zumwalt in May 1920.
He held this position until his retirement in 1932. While in Topeka, Mr. Walker also wrote a column for the Capital, "Musings of the Village Deacon," and did some feature writing for the Kansas City Star.
He held one other public office when, under the administration of Gov. George H. Hodges, he served as a member of the state board of irrigation.
He was a 32 degree Mason, KCCH, and a member of Grace Cathedral.
He leaves his wife, Mrs. Althea Walker; two daughters, Mrs. John Foulks and Miss Roberta Walker of the home; a sister, Mrs. Horace Fornald of Zephyrhills, Fla.; and a brother, C. R. Walker of Hartselle, Ala.