Kenneth Gilford Wall
Kenneth Gilford Wall, 83, retired engineer from Southern Pacific Railroad caught his last train from station earth, heaven bound on June 4, 2009.
Mr. Wall was the eldest son of Gilford B. and Edna L. Wall. He was born in Phoenix and attended Creighton Elementary School and Phoenix Union High School. Upon graduation, he and a large group of fellow students boarded a bus for San Diego, Calif., as they had all enlisted in the Navy prior to graduation. He served aboard the USS Kassan Bay in the South Pacific during World War II.
Discharged in Boston, Mass., he headed back to Phoenix to begin civilian life. He enrolled at Arizona State University and held various part-time jobs and ran a wholesale roofing supply for Hays Roofing. He joined Southern Pacific in 1952 as a fireman and eventually became an engineer, retiring in 1987.
Mr. Wall enjoyed hunting and fishing. In 1956 he and his wife discovered Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point) and currently have an RV at Desert Oasis in Rocky Point. He and his wife traveled extensively in Mexico and loved the people and country.
In 1975, they bought property in East Verde Estates and built what would be their retirement home. In 1987, after both he and his wife retired, they moved to Payson and enjoyed the Rim Country. They have been longtime members of the Northern Gila County Historical Society, Friends of the Library and Payson Humane Society. He also belonged to the Elks for 29 years. During his retirement he was active in the antique business with his wife (Claire’s Classics) located in Granny’s Attic in Payson, until a few years ago when his health began to fail.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Claire L. Wall; brother, Richard and his wife Mary Jo; two nephews, Steve and Chris and their wives and children; and last, but not least, his basset hound, Dicksie.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
Donations may be made to the Payson Humane Society, 812 S. McLane, Payson, AZ 85541.