June 5, 1924 — Jan. 19, 2008
NORWALK — Walton Jarvis, 83, of Norwalk, died Saturday at Fisher-Titus Medical Center.
He was born June 5, 1924 and was a graduate of New London High School.
He purchased a Piper Comanche airplane in 1962 and became active with the Civil Air Patrol. He was a major and commander of Norwalk Squadron 505 and Group V Ohio Wing. He graduated from the Oberlin School of Commerce and was president of W.L. Mead Trucking and Mead Motor Sales for more than 40 years in Norwalk.
He was an avid pilot, enjoyed flying, traveling, vacationing and was a ham radio operator. His love of old radio and television shows such as Lawrence Welk, MASH and game shows was evident. He also built early electronic kits and was a camera enthusiast. He was a past member of the Norwalk Eagles Aerie 711 and Elks Lodge 730.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Irmgard Jarvis of Norwalk; stepchildren, Tim Bechtler, Tammy Bechtler and Sonja Bechtler-Young, all of Norwalk; a son, Tim Jarvis of Michigan; a daughter, Beverly Penfield of Norwalk; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Cordelia Jarvis and stepmother, Anna Jarvis; and his first wife, Peggy Jarvis.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Evans Funeral Home, 314 E. Main St., Norwalk, where a funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Adrian Doll officiating.
Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be sent to Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line Road, Sandusky, Ohio 44870 or the Jarvis family in care of the funeral home.