John -Walton-Obituary

John M. Walton

La Crosse, Wisconsin

Nov 7, 1953 – Dec 10, 2015

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November 7, 1953
DIED
December 10, 2015
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La Crosse, Wisconsin

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John "Johnboy" M. Walton, 62, of La Crosse passed away Thursday December 10, 2015 peacefully at home. He was born November 7, 1953 in Green Bay, WI to George and Marcella Walton. He graduated from Aquinas High School in 1971. He proudly served our country in the US Navy, first on the USS Sterett, followed by Navy Honor Guard duty in Washington DC. Following his Navy career, he worked full time at G. Heileman Brewing Company while attending WWTI (Western) and graduating with Associates degrees in Computer Science and Marketing. Upon graduation, he began his career at Trane Company first in the computer support area, followed by several years in the CDS department, ending 32 years of employment in Coordinated Jobs doing pricing for many offices in the US.

He met Karen while working at Trane together. They were married on September 19, 1987 in Rochester MN. For the past 28 years, they enjoyed spending time with family, golfing, camping and traveling.

He was an avid golfer since the age of 13, Mom always new she could find him at Coulee Golf Bowl during the summer. Likewise, in later years, Karen always knew to find him at Cedar Creek Golf Course. He spent many years singing with the La Crosse Coulee Chordsmen where he made many lifelong friends. In his retirement years, he enjoyed geochaching and fishing with his grandchildren. He was an avid Green Bay Packer Fan, loved to voice his opinion on politics, listening to CCR, dashboard drumming and talk radio.

He is survived by his wife Karen, his children William (Sharon), Elizabeth (Kevin) Goodenough, Melanie and his beloved grandchildren Kaitlin, Nicholas and William and numerous extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at Schumacher Kish Funeral Home; 200 West Ave S. Family and friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of services. Private family burial will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the charity of your choice in John's memory.

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I wish I would have met John, being a former Sterett sailor we would have a lot to share. I always have a special place in my heart for those that sereved on the Sterett. You have my thoughts and prayers for the whole family

John-- where to start with the memories, stories, bantering, and so much more. You will be missed but never forgotten, and never far away. Thank you for your generosity, and your humor. Sing with the angels.
Kari, Jake and Joe

John you will always have a special place in my heart and thanks for always showing your humor when you were around! I will miss your packer fan posts!

John Boy,
Thank you for allowing us to ride along for just a bit. With a bit of P.T. Barnum, a smidgen of Edison and a touch of Arnie Palmer; you had something in your bag of tricks and help for us all. You shared your talents and your creativity with abandon; think of a slightly warped male Mother Teresa with a crooked smile, wearing golf shoes and spouting one-liners. Life will always be richer Lbecause of you John, you big ol'leprechan, you.