J ohn A. Walton, 75 of Sabetha died Monday, March 4, 2013 in Rochester, Minnesota. John was born March 16, 1937 in Horton, Kansas the son of Andrew S. Walton and Eva (Routh) Walton. John was raised on a farm near Muscotah, Kansas. He attended Muscotah Grade School through the 8 th grade. He attended and graduated from ACCHS in 1955. In 1957, John married his high school sweetheart and classmate, Joann Smith. Graduating from Highland Junior College in 1963, he then went to Emporia State University, graduating with a B.S. in 1965 and an M.A. in 1967.
John taught in the Shawnee Mission School District in 1965-1967. He then moved to Sabetha with his family and served as an administrator in the #441 School District for 29 years, retiring in 1996. Even after retiring, he served as a substitute teacher in the surrounding communities due to his love for education and students. As an auctioneer, John had scores of sales and auctions ranging from home/estate sales to farm auctions.
Singing was definitely a gift of John’s which many enjoyed as he sang for church services, weddings and funerals in the Muscotah and Sabetha communities over the years. He was a faithful member of the Delaware Baptist Church in Fairview, Kansas. John never knew a stranger and was loved by all. John loved family, the outdoors, farm life, restoring old tractors, attending Albany Days and tending to his garden.
Preceded in death by his parents, Andrew S. Walton in July of 1982 and Eva Walton in December of 2001; his brother, Norm Walton in October of 2000. John is survived by his wife, Joann of Sabetha; daughter, Kimberly Smith of New Braunfels, Texas; son, Jeff Walton of Olathe, Kansas and five grandchildren, Brandi Wilhelm, Brandon Smith, Kelsi Walton, Kyler Walton and Kaleb Walton.
Funeral service will be Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the NorthRidge Church in Sabetha. A visitation will be Friday evening, March 8, 2013 at 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the NorthRidge Church. The interment will be made in the Albany Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Delaware Baptist Church in Fairview or the American Heart Association, sent in care of the Popkess Mortuary in Sabetha, 823 Virginia Sabetha, Kansas 66534.