Agency History

Walton Insurance was founded in Oskaloosa, Iowa as the Walton Brothers Agency in 1930, when J. H. Walton and Samuel Walton purchased the Bartley-Kissick Insurance Agency.  R. H. “Bob” Walton joined his uncles in the agency a few years later and became its owner in the 1940s.  Bob retired from the agency in 1983.

Over the years, the agency has represented several national and regional insurance companies while emphasizing all lines of property and casualty insurance.  Life insurance was sold in the early years by one of the agency founders, Samuel Walton.  Sam became a Senior NYLIC agent with the New York Life Insurance Company and represented them as a career agent for over twenty-five years.  Upon Sam’s retirement in the 1950’s, the agency continued to sell life and health insurance until 2006, while specializing in property and casualty insurance for businesses and individuals, as it does today.

Before Bob Sr.’s retirement, Bob Walton Jr. returned to the agency in 1974 after graduating from the University of Iowa and spending several years in insurance pursuits in Iowa City, Iowa.  Bob has served as the Walton Agency President and CEO for over forty years.  His energies are directed toward commercial insurance and risk management.  September 13, 2017 officially marked Bob’s fiftieth year as an Iowa licensed independent insurance agent.

Ruth Walton joined the Agency in 1983.  As a co-owner she now serves the Agency as Vice President.  Ruth manages several key agency accounting and internal functions.   Within these, she oversees the accuracy of practically every paper and electronic transaction, in-coming or out-going.

Ryan Walton joined the Agency in 2012.  In addition to his ever-expanding insurance and management duties, he watches over the Agency website as its webmaster.

Over its eight decades of operation, the Agency has seen many valuable staff and associates come and go.  Joyce Webb is a current organization main stay.  After the retirement of Dean Strawn, she now handles MPCI crop insurance as a senior customer service person in personal lines insurance.

The Walton Agency is approaching its 89th year of providing quality insurance service in Oskaloosa and the surrounding areas.  Our motto is:  Where price and service come together.