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Albert Walton Ham (Walt) went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. Walt was born Jan. 30, 1927, to Thelma and Ira J. Ham.

He graduated in May 1945 from Prescott High School and was drafted to the U.S. Army. After basic training, he returned home to marry his high school sweetheart, Evelyn Vest. Together they drove a Model T Ford to Washington, D.C., on dirt roads.

In Washington, Walt worked at the Pentagon where he also guarded the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier until the war ended.

After returning to Prescott, Walt and his father started the Ham Implement and Ford Tractor Co. Walt served the farmers by keeping their tractors and implements in working order for over 35 years.

In addition to Evelyn, his wife of 67 years, Walt is survived by his son, Larry Walton Ham and wife Pam of rural Fort Scott, Kan.; and daughter, Linda Ann Pruitt and Urvy of Prescott, Kan.

He was blessed with grandsons Kirby and Jay Ham and Jeff and Derek Fugate and their families, including eight great-grandchildren. Also, surviving is his younger sister, Shirley Parks of Pleasant Hill, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was a member of the Grace Baptist Church in Fort Scott, Kan., and he was very close to his church family.

Graveside service was conducted by Pastor Paul Rooks on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at the Prescott Cemetery. Schneider Funeral Home, Pleasanton Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Prescott Country View Nursing Home in Walt’s honor.

 

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