Online Obituary for James Robert "Jim" Walton

Name: James Robert "Jim" Walton
Date of Birth: Sep 12, 1936
Date Deceased: Mar 03, 2017
Hometown: Hornell
State N.Y.
Age: 80 Years
Private Service
Place of Interment: Bath National Cemetery, Bath, N.Y.
James Robert



HENDERSONVILLE, N.C./HORNELL-James Robert “Jim” Walton, 80, died on Friday, (March 3, 2017) of lung cancer in his home in Hendersonville, NC.

Born in Hornell on Sept. 12, 1936 he was a son of the late Richard and Virginia (Fitzstephens) Walton. Besides his parents, he was also predeceased by his brother, Gary Walton and his step mother, Mary (Swanson) Walton.

Raised in Hornell, Jim graduated from Hornell High School in 1954. While there, he was a pitcher for the baseball team and a unanimous All-Conference Center and Captain of the football team. Following graduation, Jim attended Alfred University for a short while before joining the Navy and serving for four years. After his discharge, he enlisted in the Air Force and attended the University of Utah where he earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Meteorology.

Commissioned as an officer, Jim served in the Air Force as a meteorologist at various posts until he retired to North Carolina. While in the Air Force he served in Vietnam as part of a classified task force, which interpreted satellite data that provided intelligence for American military planners during the war. For his service there, Jim earned the Bronze Star.

Jim loved golfing, and he forecasted the weather for family and friends right up to the end of his life.

He leaves behind his daughter, Mary Rose Walton of Rhode Island; his son, James “Gus” Walton, daughter-in-law Carroll Walton and grandson James “Wade” Walton of Charlotte N.C.; his three sisters, Martha (Walton) Reardon of Hornell, Catherine Walton and Mary Walton both of Elmira; his brother, Thomas (Wendi) Walton also of Elmira; his three nieces, Ann (Dan) Cook, Susan (Alan) Leclair and Patricia (Robert) Black and his three nephews, Dr. Michael (Sonja) Reardon, Thomas (Susan) Reardon and Robert Reardon.

The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St. in Hornell is honored to serve the family of James Robert “Jim” Walton.

To honor his wishes there will be no public calling hours. Military honors and interment will be in Bath National Cemetery at the convenience of his family. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in his memory to the United Service Organizations (USO), P.O Box 96860, Washington, D.C. 20077-7677 or

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