OTTUMWA — Faye Marine Kline Walton, 90, of 12 Schwartz Drive, Ottumwa, Iowa, died on February 19, 2014 at home.
She was born in Fillmore County, Nebraska on February 8, 1924, to William Allen “Al” Kline and Pearl Rose Schrock Kline. She attended a one-room school near Geneva, Nebraska until the age of 11. She was a 1941 graduate of Geneva High School in Geneva, Nebraska. She married her high school sweetheart, Everett LaVerne Walton on June 15, 1941 in Mankato, Kansas. They shared 54 years together before his passing on August 5, 1995.
While Everett was serving in the U.S. Marines 5th Division during WWII, Faye worked at the Fairmont Air Force Base near Geneva, Nebraska as the secretary to the base commander. Everett was the 4th wave of Marines to land on the island of Iwo Jima on February 19th, 1945. This date was a memorable date in their lives. Everett was a member of the military detail to secure Mt. Suribachi and was a part of the historic flag raising event on February 23. These dates have always been commemorated by our family. Faye and Everett organized annual conventions for the survivors and wives of Everett’s military unit for many years. Devotion and dedication to our country was instilled in the lives of their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
After the war, Everett and Faye moved to Ottumwa. They owned and operated “Walton’s of South Ottumwa” a general merchandise store on Church Street for many years. Faye was employed by Duree Portrait Studio for over 25 years. She was a founding partner of Colormaster, Inc. and a board member of SASCO Products. She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Ottumwa. Faye loved planting tomatoes and sitting on her patio in the hot summer months, playing Rubicube with anyone who would attempt to challenge her championship status, solving Suduko puzzles, playing cards, reading and watching Fox News. She was never seen without her jewelry and lipstick. Her love for Johnny Cash and his music will keep us smiling and our toes tapping for many years.