Niles Walton of Jamaica Bay, Fla., died September 4 at Health Park Hospital in Fort Myers, Fla. He had lived for many years in Auburn, Ind.
He was graduated from Fleming County High School where he played basketball and baseball and from Morehead University where he was on the dive team. He received a master’s degree in education from the University of Kentucky.
He was a member of the U.S. Naval Fighter Squadron at Oceana, Va., and served at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Key West, Fla. He was a member of a search and rescue team off the coast of Key West, and also worked for NASA in the jet propulsion engine division.
A coach and teacher at DeKalb Central High School near Auburn, Ind., he retired in 1989. He owned Walton Classic City Reality and after retiring consigned classic airplanes for Kruse International Auction Company and e-bay.
In the 1990s Mr. Walton organized The Hoosier Warbird Club and led more than 150 volunteers to construct the Hoosier Air Museum in Auburn, Ind., for which he was presented the Distinguished Citizen of Indiana Award.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Auburn, Ind., for more than 40 years and attended the Jamaica Bay Church in Ft. Myers, Fla.
Surviving are his wife, Ina M. Adams Walton, formerly of Mayking; a son, Dereck of Pittsburgh, Penn., and Sharyn Rosenblum of New York City, N.Y.; Carlos and Judy Brown of Lexington, Marcia and Jerry Williams, Ricky and Rachel Adams, Lana Polly Mullins, and Debby Polly Anderson.
Burial was in the Webb Cemetery at Mayking. A memorial service will take place at the Air Museum in Auburn, Ind., on Oct. 25.