Bert Alfred Walton was an automobile mechanic for many years, born in Boone County, Indiana January 28, 1907 and passed away in Montgomery on November 7, 1978 shortly after noon with pneumonia. His home was at 903 Kentucky Street but he passed away at the Ben Hur Nursing Home. There is a reason Bert had no stone. Sadly, he was buried by the Welfare Department.
He was not young (age 36) to enlist on the 6th day of the 6th month in 1943 (US Army) and he served until October 21st two years later when he received an honorable discharge. He grew-up in Boone County but lived in Montgomery the majority of his life. As far as I know, he had but one sister, Sylvia who married Oliver Riggins and died of lymphoma. They were children of Zachary Taylor and Pearl May Fields Walton. Taylor was a carpenter and laborer, spending several years working at a canning factory in Boone County.
“Bertie” as he was known to family and many others, married Leona Madge Harlan and they had two children, one dying young and the other was Richard Maurice, born at 10:30 in the morning on April 27, 1932, Dr. HA Kinnaman delivering him. Richard followed into his father’s footsteps as a mechanic as well, or at least that is what his occupation was when he married Wilamena Ritzlize in 1952.
Neither of this man’s parents have tombstones, either (they are only listed in records for Center Cemetery in Lebanon). Sad this carries on. Glad my husband and I have already purchased ours and hopefully it won’t ever have to be replaced by anyone. Yet, at least this soldier’s grave is finally “Etched In Stone,” thanks to Kim Hancock and Suzi Petrey. Rest in Peace, Bertie!
Over the coming weeks and months I will write these columns highlighting each new stone. Karen Zach is the editor of Montgomery Memories, our monthly magazine all about Montgomery County. And she writes Around the County, which appears each Thursday in The Paper of Montgomery County. One by One: Etched in Stone is her latest offering and will appear periodically on Mondays in The Paper.