Debra Lee Walker Skluzak passed away in the early morning hours of July 1st, 2023. She was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother and is missed in more ways than can be expressed. She succumbed to complications stemming from a prolonged battle with cancer. Her passing was marked with the presence of her loving family. She is survived by her devoted husband of 41 years, Jim Skluzak; her brother Graydon Walker Jr and his wife Sandra along with her nieces Marcella, Samantha, and Stephanie; her eldest son Terry and wife Brandy along with grandchildren Kayla, T.J., Brayden, and Brianna; her son Lee and wife Yoko along with grandchildren Nico and Seth; and daughter Kelli and grandson Tilden.
Debbi was born in Norfolk, Virginia to Jane-Ann and Graydon Walker. Her life was defined by a drive and dedication which she brought to all endeavors, first and foremost as a mother to three children. Sacrifice and selfless commitment – whether through encouragement and advice, wisdom and support – were the hallmark of her soul and the foundation of her family.
In her later years, Debbi brought this same compassion, patience, and motivation to the conservation and preservation of the American bald eagle population, and in particular, the Wildlife Center of Virginia. Just as she was to her family, Debbi was a pillar in the community. Under her familiar aliases, CongoWings and Essec, Debbi built a global community centered around eagle conservation, moderating the “Critter Cam” discussion forums, raising funds for the Wildlife Centers of Virginia, and building lifelong friendships.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, August 7, 2023 at 11:00 at Altmeyer Funeral Home at 929 S. Battlefield Blvd., VA.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Wildlife Centers of Virginia or the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam Foundation in her name.