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Stephen Murray Walton

March 27, 1966 — June 7, 2022


Stephen Murray Walton, age 56, died Tuesday, June 7, 2022 at the home of his sister and brother in law, Jennifer and Michael Eaton of Columbus. He was the precious son of Jon Stephen and Sharon Murray Walton of Lancaster.

Steve was born March 27, 1966 in Lancaster, Ohio. Steve graduated from Forest Rose School 1988. He worked at Fairfield Industries and retired to Learning Never Ends in Lancaster. He lived at Kimberley and John Conrad’s Westside Support group home for thirteen years where he received loving care before moving to Columbus when his health problems became more serious.

Steve participated in Special Olympics, enjoyed working in the cafeteria kitchen, and learning woodwork in Tim Scholl’s class at Forest Rose.

Steve enjoyed trips to Lake Erie and Put in Bay with his parents and many trips with the Conrads. He loved staying in hotels with continental breakfasts, pork sausage pizza for as many meals as possible, and desserts. The Lancaster Red Lobster recently hosted Steve and his family for his 56th birthday, which was an amazing celebration.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by sisters, Jennifer (Mike) Eaton of Columbus and Melissa (Vern Snider) Wright of Delray Beach, FL, aunts Jane Flynn of Bath, ME, and Carol Walton of Lancaster; nieces and nephews, Allison (Jeremy) Banks of Upper Arlington, Amanda (Kyle) Parnell of Grandview Hts, Katherine (Matt Sellers) Wright of Centerburg, Parker (Caitlyn) Wright of New Bloomington, and Nicholas (Katie Basala) Eaton of Cincinnati; cousins Emily (Beau) Johnson of Bath, ME, Robin Walton of Lancaster and William (Kim) Walton of Sarasota, FL.

Steve was preceded in death by grandparents John and Geneva Todd Murray and William and Violet Morehart Walton, his aunt Marilyn Murray, uncle Robert Walton, all of Lancaster, and uncle John Flynn of Duluth, GA.

Funeral service will be held Friday, June 10, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. in the FRANK E. SMITH FUNERAL HOME CHAPEL, 405 N COLUMBUS ST., LANCASTER, OHIO 43130.  Burial will follow in Forest Rose Cemetery, Lancaster.  Friends may visit Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Steve’s name to the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio’s Columbus Buddy Walk, 510 E. North Broadway 4th Floor Columbus, OH 43214 or   Website-

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Thursday, June 9, 2022

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Friday, June 10, 2022

Starts at 10:00 am (Eastern time)

Frank E. Smith Funeral Home Chapel

405 North Columbus Street, Lancaster, OH 43130

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