Bob is the current co-owner and President of Walton Insurance, now in its 92nd year of continuous family ownership. He was born and raised in Oskaloosa, IA and graduated from Oskaloosa High School. After a four-year tour of duty in the U. S. 8th Air Force’ Strategic Air Command (SAC) as a Nuclear Weapons Specialist, Bob was honorably discharged and returned to the University of Iowa to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Insurance & Finance. Bob continued on at the University with post graduate (MA) work in Insurance Risk Management. At the same time, he taught several sections of undergraduate General Insurance in the Business College as a graduate teaching assistant to Professor Emeritus, Dr. Emmett Vaughan. When his second tour of duty in Phillips Hall ended, Bob founded the first of two Iowa City independent property and casualty insurance agencies, Walton Insurance Services. It later became part of the combined Welt, Ambrisco and Walton Agency. The second agency, First Insurance Services, ultimately merged with several other Iowa City agencies.
Civic activities & awards: While living in Iowa City, Bob proudly served as President of the Iowa City Jaycees and received the top national Jaycee’ Henry Giessenbier Memorial Trophy for leading “the most outstanding Jaycee chapter in the State of Iowa,” followed by the Iowa Jaycee Top Five Parade of Chapter’s Plaque. He was then appointed to the new position of President of the Iowa Jaycee Metro Chapters. After returning to Oskaloosa, Bob received the Oskaloosa Jaycee Distinguished Service award for community service and the Iowa Governor’s Community Betterment Leadership Award for chairing the Oskaloosa Bicentennial Celebration. He then became the third member of the Walton family to serve as President of the Oskaloosa Chamber of Commerce. As a long time member of the Oskaloosa Elk’s Club he received the Elk of The Year Award for club participation. Bob has had many interests and hobbies over the years, including electronics, computer programming, music CD production, biking, gardening and creative writing.
Ruth Walton joined the Agency in 1983. As a co-owner she now serves as corporate treasurer. Her job description expanded over the years to include underwriting and customer service in all insurance lines. She has become the Agency’s “unofficial” customer greeter and she thoroughly enjoys her role as such, working closely with agency clients.
Ruth is a key figure in agency accounting and internal management. She performs a wide variety of tasks as the head of insurance and agency-management processing. Ruth oversees the accuracy of insurance data in practically every paper and electronic system, both in-coming and out-going.
Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from the University of Iowa. She taught at the University of Iowa Laboratory School as well as the Iowa City School District before moving on to insurance several years later. Through the years, Ruth has been quite active in the St. Paul Congregational Church, serving on many committees and boards while participating in the church choir for thirty-plus years.
Her hobbies include gardening, writing, remembering every conceivable important date and taking care of nature’s critters.
Ryan currently serves the Walton Agency as corporate Secretary. He graduated from Oskaloosa High School in 1994 and continued his education, graduating from the School of Communication Arts and Minneapolis Institute of Technology, with Associate Degrees in Graphics Arts and Mathematics. After working in computer graphics and printing in Minneapolis, he opted to further his education and broaden his skills, attending the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology with a concentration in information technology (IT).
Ryan joined the Walton Agency in 2012 and is now in his tenth year. He has learned all aspects of the insurance business from the bottom up and acquired skills in a variety of agency roles, including personal and commercial underwriting, customer service, agency IT systems and webmaster. In his role as Assistant Agency Manager, he devotes a good deal of time meeting the challenges of operating an independent insurance agency in these ever-changing times.
Ryan represents the 4th generation of Walton’ family active in the agency. His educational background and acquired skills combine to form a solid career foundation in insurance.
Joyce Webb joined the Agency in 2000. Over the past twenty years, she has grown into and performed the duties of a senior personal lines underwriter. Agency clients know her as a main contact for auto, homeowner and other personal lines policy writing, change requests and claims reporting. Her efforts are directed toward maintaining a high agency standard of professional customer service, dedicated to the philosophy that the customer comes first.
Over many years, Joyce has been active in the Oskaloosa community in general and St. Mary’s Catholic Church in particular. For several years she chaired fund raising dinners to support the Senior High School vocal program. Joyce has a long history of active support of St. Mary’s. She has served as President of the Pastoral Council; been a Lector and Eucharistic Minister; served on the Education Committee and taught religious education.
Her hobbies include quilting, gardening and cooking – where she competes with her husband Chuck over who makes the best salsa in the family.
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