September 10, 1930 - January 26, 2023
Henry Walton, age 92, died peacefully at his home in Delaware City on Thursday, January 26, 2023, after a long and crippling illness.
He was born on September 10, 1930, in Denver, Colorado; and spent his youth in the Panama Canal Zone as an army brat, the son of Captain Charles M. Walton and Maude Harnish Walton. On his father’s transfer to Fort DuPont during the war, he came to Delaware City where he attended public schools.
Henry worked for twenty-one years with his brother-in-law Charles S. Crompton, Sr. at Crompton Brothers General Store and farm machinery business in St. Georges. In 1966 he joined Diamond Shamrock which became OxyChem at its Delaware City Plant and retired as Purchasing Agent for the plant in 1993.
He and his late wife, Beverly A. Walton, who predeceased him in 2020, were avid history buffs with a special interest in the American Civil War. They traveled extensively, tracing its battlefields and important locales. After his retirement, they continued the family antique business and bought, sold and collected American antiques.
Henry had been a director and President of the Delaware City Building & Loan Association, and was a lifetime member of the Delaware City Volunteer Fire Company. As a very young man he drove the fire trucks while the older members were serving during the war. He supported and was a volunteer for the First Presbyterian Church of Delaware City.
He is survived by his daughter, Jill Henri Snow of Delaware City; and five nieces and nephews and their families.
For over two years during his incapacity his daughter has cared for him in his home of over 77 years with the help of his devoted healthcare providers and dear friends, Brenda Parker, Elsa Williams, Sandra Jenkins, and Lori Hitchens. Through their excellent care he was able to remain comfortably in his home.
All services will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Henry’s memory to the Delaware City Fire Company, 815 5th Street, PO Box 251, Delaware City, DE 19706 or online by clicking here.
5 Condolences for Henry Walton
We loved your father (and mother) so! I will always think of how much he enjoyed taking care of “his” cats. Seth enjoyed many an afternoon at your dad’s and mom’s home watching Westerns and having an after-school snack! I learned so much from all of the historical stories they shared with us! Our family had many a pleasant visit in their home and in the garden, particularly on the swing under the grape arbor. Doug enjoyed making pralines and bread pudding for them to remind Henry of his grandmother’s home in New Orleans. Thank you for all of the loving care that you gave to each of your parents. You have our sympathies.
Dawna, Doug, Marjie, & Seth
Peggy and Jack Kirk
We knew of Henry”s long illness.We hope he is now at peace.
I have only known your Dad for a short time, but I will always miss him. He was a joy to be around. Memories of Henry will forever live in our hearts. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Jill I am happy I have the privilege of sharing in Henry’s care .The period of time I spent with Henry ,you make us feel like family, Henry’s many stories and the sweet name He called,( Dear)
Those humorous days are the ones I will forever cherish .
May he rest in peace
He was a kind and very thoughtful man. I know you and your family will