Mr R. Walton

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MR Raymond Walton (Sam), of Claypole Lane, Dry Doddington, has died in St Edmunds Nursing Home, Grantham. He was 77.

Born in Foston, in December 1934, he was the son of John and Molly Walton and youngest brother to John and Joan.

He attended Foston village school, followed by Long Bennington and Huntingtower schools.

He married Jenny in 1982 and became step-dad to John, Pete, David and Ian. He was the loving granddad of Paul, Claire, Lucy, Olivia, Megan, Charlotte and Chloe.

Mr Walton worked on a farm after leaving school until the age of 17, when he joined the Royal Air Force. After his service in the RAF he worked at Bellrock Quarry, from where he was made redundant. He then worked on the land. He had also been employed erecting farm buildings and had worked at a pine factory.

His interests included gardening, woodwork, and walking and cycling in the countryside.

In his younger days he played cricket. He also enjoyed a game of darts and dominoes and a pint at his local pub. He and his wife liked to take coach tour holidays. He loved his weekly game of bowls at the village hall and a pint after with the “old lads”.

Robert Holland conducted the funeral service at Grantham Crematorium Chapel.

Family mourners included: Jenny Walton, John and Christine Hudson, Pete and Joanne Hudson, David and Joy Hudson, Paul Hudson, Claire Hudson, Lucy Hudson, Olivia Hudson, Megan Hudson, Charlotte Hudson, Chloe Hudson, Ian Stanton, Joan Ross, John Walton, David and Lynn Ross, John and Julie Ross, Pat Vickers, Kevin and Margaret Ward, Matthew Ward, Enrika Rackauskaite, Heather and Barry Sheardown, Steven Sheardown, Stuart Sheardown, Paul Green, Edward Whiting, Meg and Henry Johnson, Robert Hudson and Chris Hudson.

Other mourners included: Graham Wiles, Mick Cousins, Mr and Mrs J. K. Peat, Dick and Evelyn Hewitt, Mary Summerfield, Janet and David Summerfield, John and Jean Mayhew, Tom Braithwaite, Vivian Mousley, Julie Summerfield, Mr R. Loynes, Wendy McCallin, Polly Marshall, Eva Nullis, Neville and Lesley Arnold, Aley Maniurka, Erica Hine, Christine Carter, Mark Carter, Ian Carter, Mr Langdon, David Hoyes, Graham Noon and Malissa, Jan Cording, Daniel Bland, Neville Marris, Joe Tindale, Pat Andrews, Rachel Bellamy, Dennis Carr, Julian Carr, Shirley and Derek Towlson, Barbara Cooper, Steve Sparks, Linda Evans, Les Lane, Phyl and Brian Widdowson, Mr and Mrs Jackson, Paula Walker, Olive Grant, Dorothy Durham, Anthony Durham, Michael and Gerda Hine, Nick and Ann Beale, Graham Spicer, and Joyce Bainbridge.

Funeral arrangements were by Robert Holland, St Catherine’s Road, Grantham.

Donations were received for Help for Heroes and St James Church, Dry Doddington.