To his friends, he was known as Dick. He fought a hard battle against cancer, but in the end he won, because he was surrounded by those who loved him in both body and spirit. Dick passed away early Friday, March 14, 2014, at Covenant â€" Harrison, at the age of 74 years.
Richard Wayne Walton was born Oct. 11, 1939 in Saginaw, the son of the late Bert M. and Elma (Seder) Walton. Dick was a pioneer in systems software during his career at The Dow Corning Corp. He was a valued employee and remained so after retirement.
He married the love of his life, Frances Wilma Page on May 20, 1972, and Dick and Fran spent years traveling the world.
They loved to golf, fish, and camp. When Fran would make up songs, Dick would set them to music and accompany her on his guitar.
Fran preceded him in death on Dec. 28, 2009. Besides his beloved dog, Tyra, he leaves three daughters, Dawn (Juan) Munoz, Dorene "Reno" Loomis, and Diane (John) Meehleder; grandchildren, Isaac, Juan G., Talisha, and Chris; a brother, Larry Walton, and his family in Kentucky.
Private services have taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Relay for Life, c/o Covenant Medical Center. Arrangements by W. L. Case & Company Funeral Directors, 4480 Mackinaw Road. www.casefuneralhome.com