Robert R. Walls
September 25, 1914 ‒ July 24, 2002
MANSFIELD: Robert R. Walls, 87, of Pearl Avenue, Mansfield, died Wednesday morning July 24, 2002 in his home following a short illness.
He was born September 25, 1914 in Creston, the first son of Henry Carsoner and Beulah Rosetta (Romich) Walls. He was graduated from Ashland High School in 1934 and then served four years in the Medical Department of the Ohio National Guard.
He worked in Imposition at the A.L. Garber Printing Company until 1942, when he joined the U.S. Navy for WWII, serving on the Battleship US Wisconsin BB64. He traveled over 268,000 miles with Task Forces 58 and 38, serving under the command of Admiral Halsey in the South Pacific.
Following WWII, he remained in the Naval Reserves, retiring with 32 years as a Chief Draftsman and Senior Instructor at the Naval Training Station.
Robert worked in the engineering departments of the F.E. Myers Pump Co., Westinghouse Electric Co., and Peabody Barnes Mfg. Co.
Mr. Walls was active in the Boy Scouts of America, serving as the District Chairman for Advancement for Eagle Scouts, then the White Buffalo District. He was active with the Sea Explorers Unit, serving as their first advisor and representative in the Johnny Appleseed Institutional Rep.
He served as Vice President of the Fleet Reserve Association, and was a life member of the US Naval Institute, Annapolis, Maryland. He was a life member of VFW Post #9943.
As a charter member of the US Naval Sea Cadets, and serving as Lieutenant, Operations Officer, he took his first crew from Mansfield to Alexandria, Virginia aboard the Destroyer USS Borie, sailing to the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, then on to the Naval Base at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
He was a member of several engineering societies, a civil member of the Naval Engineers, a member of National Society of Professional Engineers, American Society of Heating, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Engineers, American Society of Metals, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Refrigeration Service Society.
He owned and operated Walls’ Rose Gardens & Nursery, with over 1000 roses and exotic trees, including the Metasequoia Glypotostroboides (Dawn Redwood). He served two terms as President of the Kingwood Rose Society and chaired many rose shows.
As an American Rose Society Consulting Rosarian, he traveled extensively giving lectures in many cities.
As a cabinet and fine furniture maker, Robert made and repaired smoking pipes for stores from San Antonio, Texas to Boston, Massachusetts.
As an apiarist, he had over 30 Honey Bee colonies, a honey house with bottlers and extractors, and made beehives, frames and top and bottom boards.
He was a member of the Richland County Beekeepers Association, The Ohio State Beekeepers Association, and a life member of the North Carolina Beekeepers Association.
Mr. Walls was Past Master of the Charles Hoffman Masonic Lodge No. 767, an over 50 year Masonic member. He was a member of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, Grand Council of Royal and Select Masons of Ohio, a Sir Knight of Mansfield Commandery, knighted in 1945 in Mansfield Shrine Club, Richland County Scottish Rite, Mansfield High Twelve Club and Baku Grotto.
He is survived by his wife Carollee (Ridenour) Walls, whom he married November 22, 1959; two daughters and a son-in-law Cynthia S. Walls of Gahanna, and Barbara K. and John Long of Mansfield; his son Jeffrey B. Walls of Mansfield; four grandchildren; and a sister Thelma Collins of Greenville, Tennessee.
He was preceded in death by a sister Jean Elizabeth Walls and two brothers Maynard Walls and Eldon Walls.
The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is in charge of a graveside service, which will be held Friday July 26, 2002 at 2 pm in Mansfield Cemetery. Pastor Jim Berry will officiate. Richland County Joint Veterans Council will provide military honors.