One of Our Own
A Fellow WarBird has Gone West
Not Alone into the Sunset
But into the Company of Friends
Who have gone before Him

Picture of Niles Walton

Niles Walton, Founder and President Emeritus
of the Hoosier Warbirds and Hoosier Air Museum
died September 4, 2014

A Memorial Service for Niles was held

Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 1:00PM
at the Hoosier Air Museum
2822 County Road 62 — Auburn, IN 46706


          Soldier Saluting the United States Flag    Salute to a Fallen WarBird     Picture of Soldier saluting United State flag         

Niles Walton, founder of the Hoosier Air Museum at the Auburn-DeKalb County Airport and longtime coach and teacher at DeKalb High School, died September 4, 2014, at Health Park Hospital in Fort Myers, Florida.

His burial took place in his native Kentucky on September 9 with family and friends.

A memorial service will also be held in Auburn, Indiana, at the Hoosier Air Museum at 1PM on Saturday, October 25.  Visitation will be from noon to 1PM prior to the service and from 2-4PM following the service.

Niles graduated from Flemingburg High School where he played basketball and baseball; from Morehead College where he was on the dive team; and from the University of Kentucky.

During this time he met and married Ina M. Adams who survives in Jamaica Bay, Florida. Also surviving are son, Dereck of Pittsburgh, and daughter, Sharon Rosenblum of New York City. A sister, Martha (Dick) Hagar, sister-in-law, Judy (Carlos), the entire Adams and Kingslover families and friends in various cities experience his loss.

Niles spent four years in the US Navy with an aviation fighter squadron at Oceana, Virginia, and Key West, Florida.  His flight squadron operations were aboard the aircraft carriers Randolph and Forrestal in the Atlantic and Mediterranean. After that he became a member of the Search and Rescue Team off the coast of Key West.  For a time he also worked for NASA in the Jet Propulsion Engine Division in Cleveland.

Niles was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Auburn for more than 40 years. In recent years, he attended the Jamaica Bay Church in Fort Meyers, Florida. Niles lived his faith, was creative and had a variety of hobbies.  He traveled extensively and was always respected for his work ethic and character wherever he went.

In addition to coaching and teaching, Niles also owned Walton Classic City Realty, and after retiring, consigned classic airplanes for Kruse International Auction Company and eBay, the online auction house.

In the 1990s, Niles organized the Hoosier Warbird Club made up of men and women who were interested in the importance of aircraft of World War II.  From members of this club and others, he led over 150 volunteers to construct the Hoosier Air Museum at the airport in Auburn.

For his efforts, the governor of Indiana presented Niles with the Distinguished Citizen of Indiana Award, given to those citizens who have made a significant contribution to the state of Indiana.  The museum’s mission is “to commemorate the men and women who built, flew, and maintained various aircraft in defense of American Freedom".

Because Niles was the force behind the creation of the air museum and was its president for many years, the October 25 memorial service will be held there with the Auburn United Methodist Church in charge.  Anyone interested in expressing their appreciation and love for Niles or his family may make a tax deductible donation to the Hoosier Air Museum, P.O. Box 87, Auburn, IN 46706. 

Niles would like that.