Brian Karl Walkup, died May 18, 2012, at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Mo., due to complications of Multiple Sclerosis.
Brian was born on March 22, 1957, in Tuscola, Ill., to Wayne and Virginia Walkup.
He attended Millikin University, attained his Registered Nurse license from Decatur Memorial Hospital and his BSN from the University of Texas, Arlington.
He spent his medical career at Baylor University Medical Center, Arlington, Arlington Memorial and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas, working in the ER and ICU areas. He was an avid reader, a history buff and enjoyed music, the theater and traveling.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Donna Eastin, of Atwood, Ill.
He is survived by his parents, of Baxter Springs, Kan.; one sister, Pam Wolfe, of Winfield, Kan.; a brother, Tracy Walkup, of Norcross, Ga.; several nieces and nephews; and his longtime partner, Christina Bottger, of Joplin.
Obituary credit: Joplin Globe