Donald D. Walton
Donald D. Walton, 85, of Farmington, died Thursday, March 21, 2013, at the Van Buren Good Samaritan Center, Keosauqua.
Friends may call after 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, at the Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home in Farmington, where the family will meet with friends from 5 to 8 p.m. that evening.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 29, at Farmington United Methodist Church with Pastor Goldie Laymon officiating. Burial will be at the Greenglade Cemetery in Farmington with full military rites presented by the Farmington American Legion Post #231.
Memorials may be made in his memory to the Farmington United Methodist Church or the Farmington EMTs. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.schmitzlynkfuneralhomes.com.
Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home in Farmington is assisting the family with arrangements.
He was born Sept. 1, 1927 in Brighton, the son of Otto and Mary (Fetters) Walton. On June 14, 1959 he married Karen Homolar in Elberon.
He was a member of the Farmington United Methodist Church where he previously served on various committees, the church board and taught an adult Sunday school class for several years. He attended rural schools, Richland High School, received his bachelor of arts degree at Central College in Pella and his master of arts at the University of Iowa. He taught in the Cotter, Brighton and Kingsley school systems before coming to Farmington where he was high school principal and then principal and superintendent in the Harmony School System.
He served in the U.S. Army stationed at Ft. Lewis, Wash. He, his wife and their children owned and operated The Emporium in Farmington for several years.
He enjoyed participating in and watching sports and attended all of his children’s sports events. Golf was his favorite individual sport. He also enjoyed travel, going on bus trips with travel groups, being a part of the Branson Bunchs, attending musical productions and plays and getting together with family and friends.
Survivors include his wife of Farmington; two sons, Greg (Kathy) Walton of Granger and Charles (Nicole) Walton of Altoona; one daughter, Marla (Mike) Hansen of Quiedersbach, Germany; a mother-in-law; seven grandchildren; two sisters-in-law; andseveral nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, David Jon; one granddaughter; and one sister, Wilma Owens.