Carleton E. (Jack) Walts passed away Tuesday, August 31, 2021 with his family at his side. Carleton was born in Watertown, New York on April 29, 1936 to the late Dorothy and Carleton Walts. He was the oldest of five children. He leaves behind his loving wife of 63 years Janet (Stork) Walts of Westfield, Ma. Carleton graduated from Watertown high school in 1954. He enlisted in the Air Force after high school. As a security policeman he was stationed in Germany, France, and Westover from 1954 to 1962. In 1958 Carleton married the love of his life Janet Stork. He left the military in 1962. Carleton then embarked on a career as a private investigator. His next challenge was to become a general contractor. Carleton next began working at Noble Hospital in maintenance. He then ventured out once again to open Creations by Carleton a trophy and framing shop from 1986 until 2020 in Westfield. He always loved a challenge, he enjoyed working with many of his grandchildren teaching the tricks of the trade. Carl was an avid camper who loved to travel, he and the family took to the road checking out America in their RV (we believe the movie RV was loosely based on these adventures). The favorite trips of Carl and Jan were Hawaii and Myrtle Beach. He was up for any trip with the grandchildren from canoeing to tubing down the river, their adventures brought many smiles. He truly embodied the phrase “Jack of all trades”, master of jokes and teller of tales. Jack was a slave to fashion with fedora hats and Hawaiian shirts. He and Jan were known from New York to Florida as the dancing grandparents. Carl was a member of the Second Congregational Church in Westfield, MA. Carleton above all was extremely proud of his family. Carl was predeceased by parents and his sister Karol Gebo. Besides his wife Janet he leaves behind four children, Joseph and his wife Holly, Jack and his wife Maryanne, Jill and her husband Bruce along with Jay and his wife AnnMarie. He was blessed with 12 grandchildren Heather Carreiro, Jennifer Houpert and her husband Alex, Joseph Walts and his wife Alyssa, Joshua Walts and his wife Jessica, Jonathan Walts, Justin Walts, Eric Moore and his wife Brenda, Adam Moore and his wife Liz, Shannon Rindone and her husband James, Julie Barry and her husband Justin, Thomas Brennan, and Jolie Walts. Carleton also has 16 great grandchildren Gabriel, Arianne, Joseph, Ferris, Brody, Nikolas, Jack, Amelia, Logan, Emily, Lorelei, Sienna, Karelei, Lillyana, Brayden, Briella. He also leaves behind his brother Loren and wife Betty, his sister Betty Sikes and partner Bill and his sister Gail Ames. Carl also leaves behind many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank all the staff at Sister Caritas Cancer Center, the East Longmeadow Skilled Nursing Center, Mercy Hospital’s Emergency and Intermediate Care units, and Noble Hospital Emergency staff. Calling hours will be on Thursday September 9th from 4pm – to 7pm with a service to follow at Firtion Adams Funeral Home in Westfield, Mass. Carleton will be laid to rest with military honors in the Agawam Veterans Cemetery on Tuesday the 14th at 3pm. Firtionadams.com
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