Robert James Walton III (4/27/22 - 3/26/14)
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Robert James Walton, III died March 26th, 2014 after a brief illness in Fort Lauderdale, FL, where he had been living since his retirement in 1980. He was 91 years old. If there was one word to describe Bob, it would be PASSIONATE! Passionate at both work and life, Bob left a remarkable legacy.
Bob was born in Lewes, DE to parents Robert J. Walton, Jr. and the former Margaret Burbage. His early education started in Wilmington at the Friends and Tower Hill Schools, finishing with graduation from Lewes High School in 1940. He enrolled at the University of Delaware where he attended until December 1941 when he enlisted in the United States Navy. He attended Officer's Training School at both the University of Notre Dame and the University of North Carolina, graduating in 1944. It was during this time, he married Hilda Munson of Washington, DC. Bob was then ordered to the North Pacific. Due to the newly created V12 College Scholarship Program, Bob attended and graduated from the Towne School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania in 1948.
Bob only had two jobs - sales engineer at Wallace & Tiernen for 9 years. He took his experiences, contacts, and knowledge of cathodic protection and started his own company with his British partner Tony Wilson. Starting with one employee, Bob took Wilson-Walton International to over 20 countries and 500+ employees. An avid sailor, Bob loved the water, spending time with family and friends in Delaware, Florida, and the Bahamas. No matter the weather, Bob took his overwhelming knowledge of the sea, and navigation on these trips. He will always be remembered for being a gracious host, friend, and mentor to many.
Bob leaves behind Hilda, his wife of 69 years, son Robert J. IV (Katherine) of Rehoboth Beach, DE, son David M. (Frances) of Old Westbury, NY, daughter Priscilla A. Layton (Daniel) of Washington, VA, daughter Lisa Dunphy of Virginia Beach, VA, and son Charles G. (Eve) of Mason, OH, and eight grandchildren: James Rizzo (Rebecca) & Great Granddaughter Sydney, Zoe (Steven) Cavinder, David and Christian Walton, Jack Layton, Michael Dunphy, Emily and Margo Walton.
Services will be private. Bob will be buried at a family plot adjacent to St. George's Chapel an affiliate of All Saints Episcopal Church, Bob's life-long family place of worship. Arrangements are being handled by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes, DE.
In lieu of flowers, any donations may be made to All Saints Episcopal Church, 18 Olive Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 or Planned Parenthood, 1108 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036.
Please visit Bob's Life Memorial Webpage and sign his online guest book at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com
Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium
16961 Kings Highway
Lewes, DE 19958
Published in The News Journal on Mar. 29, 2014