Kenneth N. Walton, 74, of Mount Laurel, mayor of Delanco in 1977 and a council member there from 1974 to 1980, died of a heart attack Wednesday, April 16, at his home.
Mr. Walton spent most of his career with the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, retiring in 2003 as superintendent of toll maintenance, son Glen said.
"He was in charge of maintaining the toll booths," Glen said, and, most significantly, "he was part of the team that helped set up the E-ZPass," the electronic toll collection system that began to operate on the Turnpike in 2000.
For the last three years, his son said, Mr. Walton had been board chairman for Monument Cemetery in Beverly.
And for the last five years, he had been an association board member for Holiday Village East, the retirement community where he lived in Mount Laurel. "Before that, he lived in Delanco for 45 years," his son said.
Mr. Walton was a 1957 graduate of Burlington City High School and began his Turnpike Authority career as an electrician in 1960.
"In his younger days," his son said, "he was a volunteer for the Beverly Fire Company and the Beverly Emergency Squad.
"Whatever town he lived in, he volunteered for the town."
Besides his son, Mr. Walton is survived by his wife of 53 years, Rosemary; daughter Kerry Hall; and four grandchildren.
A viewing was set from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 21, at the Lewis Funeral Home, 78 E. Main St., Moorestown. A visitation was set there from 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, before a 10 a.m. funeral service there. Interment is to be in Monument Cemetery, Beverly.
Donations may be sent to Monument Cemetery, 812 Bridgeboro Rd., Beverly, N.J. 08010.
Condolences may be offered to the family at www.lewisfuneralhomemoorestown.com.