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Obituaries

April 3, 2014

Robert Clark Walton

Amesbury, MA — Robert Clark Walton, 93, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. He was the husband of the late Evelyn (Reilly) Walton, who died in 2007. Born in Newburyport, Massachusetts, on January 9, 1921, he was the son of the late Kendrick and Madeleine (Clark) Walton.

Robert grew up in Amesbury, Massachusetts, graduating from Amesbury High School, Class of 1939. After high school he attended Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, where he received a degree in Building Construction in 1941.

Following college he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was assigned to the 33rd U.S. Naval construction battalion as a Seabees Carpenter Mate Third Class from 1942-1945. He was the recipient of a National Defense Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal – 3 stars, and Good Conduct Medal.

After returning from the Military, he could often be found spending summers at Salisbury beach where his family owned and operated “Walton’s Popcorn and Ice Cream Stand.” Robert married the love of his life, Evelyn Reilly in Newburyport in 1947. They were happily married and celebrated 60 years together in 2007.

He made his professional career at Western Electric, North Andover, where he worked as an order analyst for 34 years before retiring in 1986. His retirement was filled spending time with his beloved grandchildren, walking his dog, “Popcorn,” and doing craft wood working. He loved all sports and was a lifelong avid Red Sox and baseball fan. For many years he coached local little league and pony league teams in Amesbury. He attended the Market Street Baptist Church.

Robert is survived by his four children, Paul Walton of Amesbury, Sally Kozec and husband, Robert, of Amesbury, Dana Walton of Amesbury, Judy Dodier and husband, Paul, of Merrimac; five grandchildren, Nathan Vedrani and his wife, Kelly, Debra Walton, Dana Walton, Jr., Haley Dodier and Hannah Dodier; four great-grandchildren, Katerina Green, Camden Walton, Max and Miles Vedrani; his loving sister, Nancy Knapp and several nieces and nephews.

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