Salute to a
Niles Walton, founder of
the Hoosier Air Museum at the
Auburn-DeKalb County Airport and longtime coach and teacher at DeKalb
School, died September 4, 2014, at Health Park Hospital in Fort Myers,
burial took place in
his native Kentucky on September 9
with family and friends.
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.
Flemingburg High School where he played
basketball and baseball; from Morehead College where he was on the dive
and from the University of Kentucky.
this time he met
and married Ina M. Adams who
survives in Jamaica Bay, Florida. Also surviving are son, Dereck of
and daughter, Sharon Rosenblum of New York City. A sister, Martha
sister-in-law, Judy (Carlos), the entire Adams and Kingslover families
friends in various cities experience his loss.
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
the coast of Key West. For
a time he
also worked for NASA in the Jet Propulsion Engine Division in Cleveland.
was a member of the
First United Methodist Church in Auburn
for more than 40 years. In recent years, he attended the Jamaica Bay
Fort Meyers, Florida. Niles lived his faith, was creative and had a
traveled extensively and was
always respected for his work ethic and character wherever he went.
addition to coaching
and teaching, Niles also owned Walton
Classic City Realty, and after retiring, consigned classic airplanes
International Auction Company and eBay, the online auction house.
the 1990s, Niles
organized the Hoosier Warbird Club made
up of men and women who were interested in the importance of aircraft
War II. From
members of this club and
others, he led over 150 volunteers to construct the Hoosier Air Museum
airport in Auburn.
his efforts, the
governor of Indiana presented Niles
with the Distinguished Citizen of Indiana Award, given to those
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
Niles was the
force behind the creation of the air
museum and was its president for many years, the October 25 memorial
held there with the Auburn United Methodist Church in charge. Anyone interested in
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.
would like that.