Kenneth T. Walton, 77, of New Athens, Illinois, born March 12, 1939, in St. Louis, Missouri died Thursday, June 30, 2016, at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville, Illinois.
Ken attended Saint Louis University where he received an associate's degree, and went on to be the owner and operator of Walton's Restaurant and Catering Services for more than 30 years. He began in Freeburg in 1973. He later moved to Belleville, Edwardsville, and eventually returned to Freeburg. Ken managed the St. Clair County Fairgrounds food service, and from 2009 to present, he ran Walton's Fish Fry and Walton's Catering, located at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Old Collinsville Road. He was a past member of the Freeburg Rotary Club, the Freeburg Chamber of Commerce, and was a devoted past member of the Missouri Restaurant Association, having previously served as director. Ken also had skills as a meat cutter, and enjoyed donating chicken each year for the Veterans Day banquet at Freeburg Grade School, whom presented him with their "Special Friend" award. Other awards that Mr. Walton received include the "Appreciation Award" from the Lyons Club, and a special thank you from S.A.V.E. Ken had even been elected to the directory of "Who's Who", and was known for bringing Nashville stars and entertainment to the area for years. His greatest passion, however, was spending time with and vacation with his family, to whom he was always a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Everett T. and Mary G., nee Ayers, Walton.
Surviving are his wife and best friend of 56 years, Jeanette, nee Ramsey, Walton, whom he married on March 19, 1960, in Granite City, Illinois; his children, Kenneth G. (Toni) Walton of Smithton, Illinois, Michelle B. (Joe) Morrison of Freeburg, Illinois, Michael D. (Amy) Walton of Fayetteville, Illinois, and Tami R. (Jim) Walton- Cogdill of Freeburg, Illinois; nine grandchildren, Joseph (Sheliah) Morrison, Megan Morrison, Shawn Morrison (special friend, Mackenzie), Sarah (Ryan) Russell, Becky Walton, Jennifer Walton, Christopher Walton, Luke Walton and Mason Walton; six great-grandchildren, Rylee Morrison, Paisley Morrison, Faith Russell, Sarah Russell, Joshua Russell, and William Russell; a sister, Jerris Wilson of St. Louis, Missouri; special friends, Joanne and Russell Kern of Freeburg, Illinois, and Jenny Enlow of Smithton, Illinois; three nieces, Karla, Tanya, and Vicki; and many dear friends.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Reverend Holly Wood for all of her care and concern with them.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Journey Church, Freeburg, Illinois. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 2, 2016, at Union United Methodist Church in Belleville, Illinois.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 3, 2016, at Journey Church in Freeburg, Illinois, with Rev. Holly Wood officiating.
GEORGE RENNER & SONS FUNERAL HOME, Freeburg, Illinois.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat from July 1 to July 2, 2016