Thursday, June 7, 2012

Mineral Wells and the 50 Year Club Mourns the Loss of Member R. J. "Skeet" Walton

R.J. “Skeet” Walton

A dedicated and faithful member of the MWHS 50 Year Club, R.J. "Skeet" Walton, 81 years old, died Sunday, June 3, 2012. Former Executive Director of the MWHS 50 Year Club, Jessie Teddlie, said, "It is a great loss! He was dedicated to his family and MWHS 50 Year Club. I know he loved doing any and all tasks to the very best of his ability including his work with MWISD. He had a smile for everyone and was willing to help his neighbors and friends at any time."

A service to celebrate and remember his life will be held at 2 P.M. Thursday, June 7, at First United Methodist Church in Mineral Wells.

Robert Joe Walton was born April 25, 1931, in Crane, Texas. R.J. “Skeet” was raised in Mineral Wells, where he later graduated from high school in 1948. He worked at a local radio station KORC prior to graduation and afterwards began working at the Baker Hotel. He learned the business by working in all departments and was appointed assistant manager in 1952.

It is also at The Baker that he met the woman he would later marry, Lou White. The two were married May 24, 1952. Soon to follow were sons Bobby and Danny and then daughter, Louann.

After 30 years in hotel management in Galveston, Wisconsin and Illinois, Skeet and his family came back to Mineral Wells where he began working for Mineral Wells ISD. He was with the district for 17 years, never missing a day of work.

There are many who will miss him: a large number of friends and family, including his wife and children, and a faithful companion, his dog Harley.


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