Voyle M. Walters

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Voyle M. Walters

Voyle M. Walters, 96, of Swanton passed away peacefully Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at The Lakes of Monclova surrounded by his loving family. He was born Oct. 15, 1917, in Swanton to the late Albert R. and Narah (Harding) Walters. On July 23, 1940, he married his beloved wife, Melvene Miller, and she preceded him in death.

Voyle served in the U.S. Army-116th Infantry during World War II and was awarded a citation for his part in the capture of 10 prisoners and three enemy anti-aircraft guns on June 8, 1944, in Normandy, France. He was also wounded in Normandy and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.

As a young boy, Voyle worked on golf courses, and after returning from the war resumed working as a greenskeeper, eventually becoming superintendent of Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Valleywood Golf Club in Swanton, and Hillcrest Golf Club in Findlay. Voyle was a jack-of-all-trades - building five houses during his lifetime, even into his early seventies, piloting planes, and having a love for antique cars. Voyle and Melvene enjoyed ballroom dancing and traveling throughout Europe and out West.

In 1972, he and his wife bought the original Swanton Flower Shop and operated it as Walters Flowers until 1987, when it was sold to their daughter and son-in-law, Bob and Cheri Lovejoy. He continued to work there into his 80s. Voyle was always unconditionally devoted to his children and grandchildren by helping them with home projects and caring for those who were ill. He was the constant pillar of our lives. Voyle remained very active up until the past year and a half of his life. He was a faithful member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Swanton.

Left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Nancy (David) Roberts and Cheri Lovejoy; son, Dave (Judy) Walters; grandchildren, Michael, Kelly, Jeff, Lynne, Rick, Stacey, Jennifer, and Robin; great-grandchildren, Ryan, Alexa, Kali, Kelsey, Jillian, Blake, Keaton, Cole, Alex, Nate, Brynn, Ben, and soon-to-arrive Baby Boy; twin sister, Violet Barnes; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his son, Terry Walters; daughter-in-law, Norma Walters; son-in-law, Bob Lovejoy; and brothers, Ray, Ross, and Harley, and an infant sibling.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Swanton, with Pastor JT Bean officiating. Interment will follow at Amboy Township Cemetery.

Visitation will be 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at Weigel Funeral Home in Swanton, and one hour prior to funeral services Monday at the church.

The family extends a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at The Lakes of Monclova for going above and beyond providing exceptional care and compassion to Voyle. Thank you also to Waterville Family Physicians, Gentiva Hospice and the Swanton Rescue Personnel.

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church or the Swanton Rescue Unit.

Online expressions of sympathy may be made at

Published in Fulton County Expositor and Swanton Enterprise from Dec. 6 to Dec. 7, 2013
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