Walling (Retired), Major David E.
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David E. Walling ended his battle with old age of 96 years on Saturday, June 14, 2014, at Harmony House, Two Rivers. David was born to Elsie (Dorpat) and William Walling on October 14, 1917, in Milwaukee, WI. The family moved to Sheboygan and then to Manitowoc where he attended grade school. After graduating from Lincoln High School, Manitowoc in 1934, David went on to Lawrence University, Appleton, graduating with a B.A. degree in 1938, then on to Harvard University Graduate School of Business in Boston, MA to obtain an MBA degree in 1940. His fraternity was Delta Tau Delta.
His careers were split in two directions, military and business (mainly sales management). David enlisted as an Aviation Cadet in December, 1942, becoming an Aerial Navigator and second lieutenant in December, 1943.
From England, he flew to Normandy, France to drop paratroopers as a C-47 navigator for D-Day on June 6, 1944, followed by a glider tow on D-plus 1. He had 20 more combat missions in the invasion of South France, Holland, crossing the Rhine River and parachuting supplies over enemy territory, receiving 5 Air Medals, and finally ending up in Munich, Germany on occupation duty after Germany surrendered on May 8, 1945. He celebrated the surrender of Japan on August 14, 1945, when in Athens, Greece on a pleasure flight.
David returned to the U.S.A. in late November, 1945, on the Queen Mary, with 13,000 other soldiers. He went back to his civilian job, but remained in the AirForce Reserves for one weekend a month duty with a Captain ranking. In September, 1950, he was recalled to active duty for the Korean War, becoming a navigator flight instructor on B-29 bomber planes. He flew B-29's out of Randolph Field, TX until the Korean War ended in September 1952. When he returned to civilian work, he also served as a reservist until his retirement from the AirForce Reserves with an honorable discharge and the rank of Major. Also, he had become a Master navigator, the highest possible proficiency.
His civilian career was always in the field of sales, sales management, and marketing. After having received his MBA, his first job, for one year, was in sales with National Refinery Co., in Cleveland, OH, followed by about three years in sales at Hamilton Mfg. Co. in Two Rivers, split in two parts by his service in WWII. His next job was assistant sales manager with Tuttle and Kift Co., Chicago. That was also divided in two parts by his recall to the Korean War in 1954.
David left Tuttle and Kift to another company, Edwin L. Wiegand Co., Pittsburg, PA as a product sales manager, supervising appliance replacement parts. He especially enjoyed the product development work. He co-patented the electric charcoal lighter for example. When the Wiegand Co. sold out to Emerson Electric, he moved to San Francisco, CA to work for Montgomery Brothers, supervising appliance parts sales.
David finally felt that he could afford to retire completely in November, 1979, so he moved from CA to Hilton Head Island, NC to care for his aging widowed mother. His father, William, had died in 1978.
Survivors include his oldest daughter, Susan (Richard) Dick, Tucson, AZ; his daughters: Mitzi and Sherry Walling, CA; three grandsons: Lance and Rhett Donald, Tucson; and Sean Donald, Oregon City, OR; great granddaughter: Abrehanna, great grandsons: Zach and Montana, Tucson; and great great grandson: Damian, also of Tucson. Also surviving are cousins: Marilyn Grover, Manitowoc; Ron and Joan Selves, Wausau; Charles and Betty Peterson; and James and Marcia Donlan, Two Rivers. He is also survived by his special friend and fiancee, Lorraine Sperry and her family.
David has three favorite hobbies: writing, reading and traveling. He wrote a book "Harvard MBA Navigates World War II", about many unusual war experiences, that was not a best seller. He liked to write short stories about politics, his high school, college and graduate school experiences, local newspaper opinion papers, etc. just for his own exercise and amusement. He even wrote this obituary.
As for reading, David was voluminous, mainly books about history and also biographies, as well as newspapers and magazines. The last count of the volumes he has read since 1972 was up to 360. His traveling began in Europe during WWII, continuing thereafter until he now has visited 93 foreign countries plus all 50 United States.
The most interesting part of David's life was his very strong desire to see the world's leaders work to solve international problems in sensible, cooperative, united ways instead of the tragedy and the violence of killing wars. He has spent thousands of his own dollars and hundreds of his personal hours writing to hundreds of U.S. and world leaders about this most important cause, advancing ways to do this, not by pacification, but by enlisting cooperative nations to stop dictators in their tracks. So far, David's ideas to stop the stupidity of wars have received very little attention by any leaders. David has no idea why this is such a totally avoided subject, but he hoped for much better results with much less killing, maiming and wasted money in the next few years, and forever.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church in Two Rivers. Officiating the memorial service will be Rev. Tom Reynebeau. Cremation has taken place at All-Care Cremation Center and burial will be at a later date. Military Honors will be accorded by the Two Rivers V.F.W. and American Legion.
The family will greet relatives and friends on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at church from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent in David's name to the Lester Library or St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting www.kleinandstangel.com
The Klein & Stangel Funeral Home, Two Rivers, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.
A special thanks to the staff of Holy Family Hospice and Harmony House for their kindness and dedicated care to David during these difficult days.
Klein & Stangel Funeral Home
1420 22nd Street
Two Rivers, WI 54241
Published in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter on June 17, 2014