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April 3, 2013

The world has lost a true southern gentleman and one of the few remaining World War II veterans. Roland Guy Walton Jr, 89 of Ft. Myers FL, passed away April 3, 2013.

Born in Greenville Alabama in 1923, he was the son of Roland Guy Walton and Annie Lee Kettler Walton. He was a graduate of Troy State University and received a Masters Degree from Auburn University and a Specialist Degree in Education from University of South Florida.

World War II interrupted his studies but before joining the Navy he married his high school sweetheart Jeanette Gibson. An avid interest in communications led Guy to become a radioman aboard the USS O'Brien. He patrolled the South Pacific Ocean and was aboard the USS O'Brien in Tokyo Bay during the Japanese surrender ceremonies.

His successful professional career in education began at Greenville High School and ended in the Lee County School District in Ft. Myers FL in 1990.

Guy is survived by Jeanette, his wife of 69 years, daughters Linda Reynolds (Dr. Clay) and Jean DiMuzio (Bob), grandchildren; Evie Thoner (Tim), Murphy Reynolds IV(Linda), Carrie Madden (Steve), Jason Reynolds (Crystal), and Melanie Bigelow (Brock). Together he and Jeanette enjoyed introducing the grandchildren to the marvels of Europe and the history of America. They also have nine great grandchildren; Jacob Reynolds, Ashlyn and Aubree Reynolds, Sophie, Scout, and Rowan Thoner, Callen and John Robert Madden, and Britney Bigelow to follow in his footsteps.

He loved jazz, country, and big band music and his interest included history and genealogy. Guy was an active member of the Caloosa Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of Confederate Veterans, and the National Society Magna Charta Dames and Barons. Along with the SAR, his membership in the Rotary Club of Fort Myers led to new experiences and wonderful friendships. Through the Rotary Club, he was one of three World War II veterans selected to participate in the 2012 WWII Memorial Events in Washington D.C.

With a kind and gentle loving heart, he was true, honest and rarely found fault in his fellow man.

Guy was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church. A memorial service will be held at St. Luke's Church, 2635 Cleveland Avenue, Ft. Myers, FL, Saturday April 13, at 2pm. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers please contribute in Guy's name to Hope Hospice Health Park or St. Luke's Church. Family and friends may sign the guest register by visiting

Published in The News-Press from Apr. 11 to Apr. 13, 2013
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