William J. ‘Bill’ Walton

WEBB CITY, Mo. — William J. “Bill” Walton, 82, of Webb City, Missouri, a former resident of Oswego and Burlington, passed away at his home at 3:08 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. 

He was born on June 9, 1938, to Leo James and Mabel Vance (Siehndel) Walton on the family farm near Newton, where he grew up and attended school. In 1955 he graduated from Newton High School.

Following high school, Bill joined the U.S. Air Force, serving from 1956 to 1962. While stationed in Fortland, Missouri, he met Louean Kincannon, and the couple were married on June 27, 1959. They made their home in Newton while Bill worked for KG&E in Wichita.

In 1976, the family moved to Oswego when Bill went to work at the Neosho plant with KG&E. He was transferred in 1985 to work at the Wolf Creek nuclear power plant in Burlington until his retirement in 1995. The couple lived in Burlington until moving to Webb City, Missouri, in 2020 to be closer to family.

Bill attended First Baptist Church of Burlington. He was a member of Adams Masonic Lodge No. 63 AF & AM in Oswego and also a member of Masonic Lodge No. 66 AF & AM in Burlington. A dedicated father, he was a scoutmaster and coached Little League baseball when his children were young. He enjoyed bowling and golf and participated in leagues in both until his health prevented it. One of his favorite activities was hunting, especially with his dogs, Dixie and Gidget.

Survivors include his wife, Louean, of the home; a daughter, Robin Littlejohn (Chris Lahey); a daughter-in-law, Debi Walton; five grandchildren, Travis Walton (Kasey), Robert Littlejohn and his daughter, Kynni, Kelsey Littlejohn, Scott Hensley (Jenee) and Shannon Linn (Jerry); and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Mike Walton, on Dec. 15, 2010; and two sisters, Bonnie Sheffler and Virginia Scheffler.

The service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home of Parsons officiated by the Rev. Jay Hale and with Masonic rites being given by Altamont Lodge No. 69 AF & AM. Burial will follow at Oswego Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until the beginning of the service at the funeral home. The funeral service can be viewed live on the Forbes-Hoffman Facebook page. For all events, social distancing guidelines will be followed, including the requirement of face masks.

Memorials are suggested to Burlington Masonic Scholarship or Avalon Hospice and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.

Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.

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