The world has lost a true southern gentleman and one of the few remaining World War II veterans. Roland Guy Walton Jr., 89, of Fort Myers, passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2013.
Born in Greenville, Ala., 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 him 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 Fort Myers, Fla., in 1990.
He is survived by Jeanette, his wife of 69 years; daughters, Linda Reynolds (Dr. Clay) and Jean DiMuzio (Bob); five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Together he and Jeanette enjoyed introducing the children and grandchildren to the marvels of Europe and the history of America.
He loved jazz, country and big band music and his interest included history and genealogy. He 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 World War II 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.
Mr. Walton was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church.
A memorial service will be held at St. Luke's Church, 2635 Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers, Saturday April 13, at 2 p.m. A reception will follow.
In lieu of flowers, please contribute in Guy's name to Hope Hospice HealthPark or St. Luke's Church.
Family and friends may sign the guest register by visiting www.harvey-englehart.com.