William Clayton Walton, 88, Springfield, passed away Friday, August 1, 2014 in Mercy Hospital after a short illness.
He was born on January 31, 1926 in Rogersville, Missouri, the son of the late William Jasper and Grace Ann (Meese) Walton. He was united in marriage on August 15, 1948 to Imogene Mumford. She preceded him in death in 2012. He was also preceded in death by a son, William Christopher Walton; and two sisters, Loetta Cloud and Jenny Gould.
Clayton was part of the Greatest Generation and served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Pennsylvania during World War II. He and Imogene attended numerous reunions all over the county where he reconnected with his war buddies.
For most of his life, Clayton worked for St. Louis - San Francisco Railway (Frisco) and following his retirement in the 80's, he dedicated time to his real estate business. He was a member of Gate of the Temple Masonic Lodge No. 422, and Abou Ben Adhem Shrine for over 40 years, where he was active in the Director's Staff for many of those years.
During the 63 years that Clayton and Imogene were married, she was always the light of his life. They were members of several dance clubs, enjoyed traveling, and water skiing. He loved his family and was adored by many friends, acquaintances and on some occasions, by total strangers. He was always available to help anyone who needed him. Clayton was a kind and thoughtful man with a great sense of humor and a talent for spinning a yarn.
He is survived by his daughter Linda Rouhani and husband Tony, Springfield; a grandson Alee Rouhani and his wife Jessi, two great grandchildren, William and Samuel, Leesburg, VA; a granddaughter, Grace Rouhani, New York, NY; four brothers, Harold Walton, Nixa; Jerry Walton, Springfield; Edgar Walton, Rogersville; and Leon Walton, Ozark; two sisters, Roberta Loveland, Battlefield; and Sandra Walton, Elkland; along with several nieces, nephews and many friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 6, 2014 in J.D. Lee and Sons Funeral Home, Rogersville. Burial, with military honors, will follow in Galloway Cemetery, Springfield.
Visitation will be held from 6 - 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 5, 2014 in the funeral home.
The family request memorial donations to Shriners Hospital for Children, 601 St. Louis St, Springfield, MO 65806 or The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 120 Wall Street, 29th Floor, New York, NY 10005.
Online condolences and guest book signing may be made at www.jdleeandsons.com.
J.D.Lee & Sons Funeral Home - Rogersville, Missouri - Rogersville
7405 E Ferrell Ln
Rogersville, MO 65742
Published in the News-Leader from Aug. 3 to Aug. 5, 2014