Robert Earl Walton, age 88, of Rockford, died Sunday, May 30, 2010, at the Sunrise Cottages in Buffalo.
Robert was born May 22, 1922, in Lemmon, SD, the son of Clement and Clara (Walters) Walton. He was baptized May 3, 1935, and confirmed May 5, 1935, both at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ogilvie, MN.
A World War II veteran, Robert served honorably and bravely in the Merchant Marines. His great passion was for God, family and country.
Robert was united in marriage to Wanda Copeland July 30, 1946. Later in life, he married Edna Giese.
A lifelong member of Cross Ev. Lutheran Church of Rockford, Robert served as Sunday school teacher and church elder.
He loved baseball and was an avid Twins fan. As a young man he pitched for the Minneapolis Millers until his call to duty in the war.
During his life, Robert was employed as a stone cutter at the Delano Granite Works, and as a farmer, with farms in Maple Plain and Cokato. He also worked 20 years as a US Postal Service employee.
Robert is survived by his loving family: children, Linda (Mike) Poisson of Big Lake, Lois (Dwayne) Kettenacker, and Kevin (Lori) Walton, all of Buffalo; grandchildren Amanda (Mike) Ormsbee, Cassie (Ciaran) Hahessy, Katie (Brett) Rhodes, Jaime (Jeremiah) Gregory, Darcie Kettenacker, Ryan (Katie) Kettenacker, Brent Kettenacker and Seth Walton; great-grandchildren Rachel, Allen, Jacob, Logan, Saul, Trinity, Selah, Judah, Cayden, DeMarcus, Dejah and Evan; and a sister-in-law, Pearl Walton.
He was preceded in death by spouses Wanda in 1994, and then Edna in 1998; parents Clement and Clara; siblings Ethel, Merlin, Walter, Lester, Mildred, and Howard; and a great-grandson, Justice.
A Celebration of Life took place Friday, June 4 at 11 a.m. at Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford. Interment followed at Elmwood Cemetery in Rockford.
Visitation was Thursday, June 2 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., and continued Friday for one hour prior to the services at the church.
Casket bearers were Seth Walton, Ryan Kettenacker, Brent Kettenacker, Mike Ormsbee, Brett Rhodes, Dr. James Walton, and honorary casket bearer Jerry Walton.
Arrangements were by the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.