John Dalton Walser, 76, of Salisbury, passed away Saturday, November 18, 2017. He was born December 19, 1940, in Rowan County to the late Farris B. Walser and Elizabeth McCombs Walser.
Mr. Walser was a 1958 graduate of Boyden High School and received his Associate of Business Administration Degree from Catawba College in 1962. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force and the North Carolina Air National Guard serving from 1964-1969, being honorably discharged as Staff Sergeant. Mr. Walser began his career at Fieldcrest Cannon, Inc. in Spencer, working in various positions from Industrial Engineer to Industrial Engineer Manager from 1962 to 1999. He joined Color-Tex International from 1999-2001 as an Industrial Engineer Manager. In 2001, he began contract and consultation work until 2004 when he joined Nevins, Inc., ultimately retiring in 2009.
Mr. Walser was an active member of First United Church of Christ in Salisbury, serving as former President and member of the Church Council, Sunday School Superintendent, Church Trustee, and member of the Church Foundation Committee. For his service to the church, he was awarded a Certificate of Honor from the Church Women of the Southern Conference of the United Church of Christ.
Mr. Walser was active in his community with various civic organizations including: Spencer Jaycees where he was a former member, President, recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, and voted in as a Life Member, Granite Quarry Civitan Club where he was four time Past President, two time Civitan of the Year, and received numerous accolades from NC District West of Civitan International, Boy Scouts of America where he served as Cub Master for Cub Pack 323, assistant Scout Master for Troop 323, and received the Outstanding Cub Master Award for Rowan District of Central NC Council BSA. He also served on the Board of Directors of Hornets Nest Girl Scout Council and Rowan County United Way where he served as VP of Budgets and Allocations for three terms. Over the years, Mr. Walser and his family welcomed four foreign exchange students from Colombia and Germany, serving as a host family for the students while they studied locally.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Hoffner Walser, brother, Bryant Walser, sister, Phyllis Walser Poole, and nephew, Daniel Walser.
Mr. Walser is survived by his son, John D. Walser, Jr., of Salisbury, daughters, Elizabeth Walser Anderson and husband, Tim, of Ooltewah, TN and Virginia Walser Johnson and husband, Corey, of Willow Spring, NC, grandsons, Austin and Dalton Walser and Brendan Johnson, brother, David Walser and wife, Sally, of Laurel, MD, sisters-in-law, Kathie Walser of Chadds Ford, PA and Anne Smith of Willow Spring, NC, brother-in-law, Lane Poole of Troy, NC, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will greet friends and relatives from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Monday, November 20, at Powles Staton Funeral Home in Rockwell
The funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, November 21, at First United Church of Christ in Salisbury, conducted by Rev. Carol Hallman, pastor. The Granite Quarry Civitan Club will be seated as a group at the Church Service. Interment will follow at Shiloh Reformed Church of Faith Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Church of Christ, 207 W. Horah Street, Salisbury, NC 28144 or to Catawba College.
Powles Staton Funeral Home of Rockwell, honored provider of Veterans Funeral Care, is assisting the Walser family. Online condolences may be made at www.powlesfuneralhome.com.
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