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Regge Walker, Owner

Born and raised at Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale, the son of James W. and Mary (Shafer) Walker, he has worked in the family business all of his life and upon the death of his mother, runs the family business.

Graduated 1991 from Carbondale Community High School.

Attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and Pierce Mortuary School in Jeffersonville, IN, studying Mortuary Science and Funeral Service.

Certified by C.A.N.A. to operate Walker Cremation Services, Inc.

Licensed by the State of Illinois as a cremator operator.

Member of:

Leading Knight at the Elks Lodge #1243
Fraternal Order of Eagles, Carbondale
Ducks Unlimited


Michael Cooper

A smiling familiar face seen at Walker Funeral Home since 1980.

Mike manages maintenance work and over-sees the funeral home grounds.

Mike has lived in Southern Illinois for thirty-five years.

Member of:
Fraternal Order of Eagles, Carbondale


Donya Shackleton, Office Manager

Donya Lanee Eastwood~Shackleton
Born January 6th, 1969
Grew up in Carbondale, Illinois
Graduated in 1987 from Carbondale Community High School
Went to John A. Logan College from 1989 to 1992
Children: Stephan Blake Sarifino Shackleton, Jacqualine Teal Skye Shackleton both in College
Start working at Walker Funeral Home in 2005 to present 
Also work at Huffman ~ Harker ~ Walker Funeral Home from 2011 to Present
Certified Cremator for the State of Illinois since June, 2010
Member of The Carbondale Elks #1243
Member of The Carbondale Eagles


Gene R. Houle

Born 19 Oct. 1955

Putnam, Ct

High School

Putnam Catholic Academy 1974

Volunteer Fire Fighter / Ambulance Attendant-driver 1973 to 1993 (retired)

Enlisted Navy 1965 retired 1999 with the rank of E-7 Hospital Corps Chief

Licensed EMT 1973

Certified Welder Trident Community College Charleston, SC

LPN State of Maine 1983

BS Degree New York State Regents 1998

AS Arapahoe Community College in Mortuary Science 2002

Licensed Funeral Directing / Embalming 2005

Mortuary Assistant for the U.S. Army in Korea 2004 to 2005

Certified in Crematory Functions 2012

Huffman-Harker-Walker Funeral Home 2007 – Present

Married to

Jean L. Roberts-Houle 29 May 1982


Christine L. Arms (Rich) son Brandon N. Arms daughter Marissa J. Arms
Daniel B. Houle

Carbondale Location
112 S. Poplar
Carbondale, IL

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317 S. Bush Ave
Hurst, IL

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425 Main
Alto Pass, IL