Donn Walling

May 15, 2010

Donn L. "Ole" Walling, 59, of Frankfort, died at 10:15 a.m.  Saturday, May 15, 2010, at his residence.  Born May 12, 1951 in South Bend, Indiana, he was the son of Thomas L. & Mary Jane (Jorgensen) Walling.  On May 28, 1979 he married Zora B. Damjanovic in Indianapolis and she survives. A 1969 Graduate of Penn High School (Mishawaka, IN), 1973 Graduate of Ball State University with a BS in Business and International Banking with a Minor in Spanish.  He was associated with The Bank of New York for 18 years.   Serving as Vice President International Banking Wall Street and as Regional President for 5 locations, 5 Years Regional President National City Bank of Northwest Indiana, Investment Banker for the Farmers Bank in Frankfort, Indiana since 2002.  Other places of residence:  Indianapolis, New York City, Madison NJ, Key Biscayne FL, Princeton NJ, Hockessin DE, Goshen NY and Valparaiso IN.  Was a member and Elder of the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church In Frankfort.  Senior Class President of Penn High School in 1969.  President of Sigma Phi Epsilon at Ball State University, Sigma Phi Epsilon Alumni Chairman, 2009 recipient of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Genesis Inspirator Award, Member of Clinton County Historical Preservation Society,  Current National President of the order of Symposiarchs.

Visitation and Services

Services will be held at 10:30 AM Thursday, May 20, 2010 at the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Frankfort.  Friends may visit from 4-8 PM Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at the Goodwin Funeral Home in Frankfort.  Pastor Tom Jameson will officiate the services.  Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park in Frankfort.  In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to a College Scholarship Fund in care of the Farmers Bank for the benefit of his sons.  Online condolences may be made at

Survived by:

Wife:  Zora B. Walling of Frankfort, IN 2 Sons:  Max Walling at home. Spencer Walling at home. 2 Brothers:  Ronald (Wife-Joann) Walling of Ottawa, IL Richard (Wife-Diane) Walling of South Bend, IN 1 Sister:  Kaaren (Husband-Eddy) Alexander of Frisco, TX

Preceded by:

Preceded by his Parents and 1 Brother, Thomas Walling Jr.


54 Condolences for “Donn Walling”

  1. Nick and Jan Reagan May 16, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Zora and boys we are so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our prayers and remember the Lord is your strength. He will be walking right beside you this whole time. Love to you and the family.

  2. Cindy Dickson May 16, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    My heart is broken for you, Zora. You and the boys are constantly in our prayers.

  3. Kelli Burrill May 16, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Dear Zora,
    I heard the tragic news of the passing of your husband. My heart goes out to you and your boys. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. God bless you.
    Kelli Fitzpatrick Burrill

  4. Jo Anne (SOSH) Patterson May 16, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Dear Zora…….I am broken-hearted at the news that Donn has passed away. Paula called me today to tell me.
    I have strong memories of both you and Donn and I don’t doubt that the two of you had the strongest kind of love and family. You’re both such good people and, no doubt, great parents. I have two sons about the age of yours and I can only imagine how hard this is on your boys. I am so sorry.
    I am also sorry that this has to be the first time we communicate in 35 years. (Seems like only 10 years ago that I lived with you.)
    Just want you to know I am sincerely sad for you and the boys and thinking of you.

  5. Bill and Celeste Cutter May 17, 2010 at 7:15 am

    A loving husband, father and brother. Our condolences go out to his family. We will miss is dynamic personality, his caring attitude and his leadership. A true friend to many. Our loss is Gods gain.

  6. Paula Adams Peterson May 17, 2010 at 8:04 am

    My heart goes out to you and your boys. I was so sorry to hear about Ole. Hold fast to your fond memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Take care.

  7. Ted Quick May 17, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Zora and sons,
    You lost a wonderful husband and father. I lost a great , longtime friend and brother. I saw him for lunch on 4-29 with Ted Cripe. I thank God for being able to laugh with him one more time. Our prayers to you.
    See you Wednesday.

  8. Nancy Bailey May 17, 2010 at 10:02 am

    I am so sorry to hear about Donn. I really will miss Mr. Pants. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Nancy

  9. Melissa Jean May 17, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Zora and sons,
    I am so sad to hear of Donn’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I am so sorry.
    Melissa Jean

  10. Sam Redmon May 17, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Dear Zora, Max and Spencer,
    We are so sorry to hear of the great loss of such a special person, your husband and father. Donn was a friend to every person he met and will be missed by so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Sam and Christi

  11. Phil Lengyel May 17, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Dear Zora, Max & Spencer,
    Your husband and father is beloved by you and so many more of us.
    Words are impossible at this time but know this: the will of God will never take you where the grace of God cannot protect you.
    Into that loving grace our incredible Ole lives now.
    Be warmed by his memory. His eternal memory.
    Our Deepest Sympathies & Prayers,
    Phil & Jana Lengyel

  12. Judy and Catherine Heston May 17, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Mom and I are both at a loss for words. Our prayers are for you and your family. My cousin will be sorely missed for his smile, sincerity and gentle spirit. I cannot imagine what a glorious day it is for him to be with Tommy and my sister, Peggy. I am sure the three of them are catching up and laughing heartily.

  13. Beth (Gaughan) Lyons May 17, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Zora and family. So sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers and thoughts for you during this difficult time. “Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually”…he will help you through it all…..
    AOII Angel Hugs,
    Beth (Gaughan) Lyons

  14. Susie Trent O’Maley May 17, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Dear Zora, Max, and Spencer,
    I am so sorry for your loss. You have my deepest sympathy. I hope that it gives you some comfort to know that so many people are holding you in their thoughts and prayers.
    Susie Trent O’Maley

  15. Linda Downs Small May 17, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    I was so sad to hear about Ole. My heart goes out to you and your boys. Take care and I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless

  16. Charie Pratt McLaughlin May 17, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Dear Zora, Max & Spencer,
    Words can not express the saddness I feel. Your husband and father was such a special, wonderful man. “A man with passion for life and happiness and deep love for his friends, family and most of all God” can only begin to describe what all our worlds have lost.
    The leader of the group always in his “Ole” way exclaiming “Come join me- celebrate this moment together – come celebrate this day!”
    May the memories of his smile and kindness shine through your hardest days ahead and may the strength of his love for the three of you carry you always. You are in my thoughts and prayers as he is- may God Bless you all.
    Love Always,

  17. Allen “Bugz” Hall May 17, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Dear Zora, Max, and Spencer:
    JoAnn and I have you in our thoughts and prayers. Ole was a plegde brother and a friend. Words are difficult at this time. May God continue to help us all.
    JoAnn and Allen

  18. William Cripe May 17, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    As a business man, Vice President at the Farmer’s Bank in Frankfort, of which my wife & I have done business for over 35 years, and as a younger Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity brother at Ball State (’70), Donn L. was outstanding in every respect. We hope this thought will help Zora, sons, & family.
    Bill, Connie Cripe & family
    Waco, TX

  19. Kathleen and John Walsh May 18, 2010 at 1:24 am

    Dear Zora, Max, and Spencer,
    We were so very, very saddened by the news of Donn’s sudden passing. You have all been in our prayers.
    Our memories of Donn will always be of a smiling, laughing, warm, loving, fun, faith-filled, and humble man who loved life and his family dearly. John very fondly remembers the Halloween nights with our girls and Donn and Max and Spencer covering Oakwood in Valparaiso. Kathleen always thinks of him when she passes your old house and sees the beautiful boxwood hedge he planted in front. Many wonderful memories of a good friend and neighbor. Our thoughts and prayers will continue for you and we will see you this week.
    Kathleen and John

  20. Katie Corcoran Artnak May 18, 2010 at 1:37 am

    Dear Zora, Max, & Spencer,
    So many of our fondest memories of Ball State & beyond include your beloved husband and dad. May God grant him eternal rest and bring you peace…and may your hearts be lifted during this time of profound sorrow through the sharing of wonderful stories of Ole’s charm, wit, and infectious laugh – his legacy to all.
    Keeping your family in thought & prayer,
    Katie [Corcoran] and Joe Artnak

  21. Lin McRae Becker May 18, 2010 at 8:21 am

    Dear Zora,
    Just heard the tragic news and I’m crying with you. I’m so sorry that you and the boys have to go through this. Ole was a special, fun person and will be missed. My prayers, tears, and thoughts are with you and your family.
    Deepest sympathy,

  22. Carolyn & Jim Ellis May 18, 2010 at 9:33 am

    I am so sorry. I was visiting my daughter when I read about it on my e-mail. I am so sorry that I cannot attend the funeral. I have a doctor’s appointment. But my thoughts and prayers will be with you. May God bring you peace.
    Carolyn Ellis

  23. Linda Benge and family May 18, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Zora and family,
    I don’t take the paper, but read it online occasionally, so was shocked to read this. You KNOW that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We know, as Christians, that our loved ones who have passed over, are alive and well with our Heavenly Father, and what supreme comfort we take in that knowledge. However, living…enduring…the remainder of our time on earth without them, is what we have to strengthen ourselves to do. I pray that the Comforter surrounds you during these days and months and that you allow yourself to take HIS strength. In Jesus’ Precious Name,
    Linda and family

  24. Connie Stewart Brant May 18, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Dear Mary, Zora, Max & Spencer,
    My condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. I will never forget Ole’s wit, charm and wisdom. He was a wonderful man, husband and father and also a wonderful brother-in-law to Mary. A lot of fond memories of him will stay with us all. Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers….God Bless You All,
    Connie Jo (Stewart) Brant

  25. Marijo Huck & Family May 18, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Dear Zora, Max and Spencer,
    Our heartfelt condolences to each of you. We all have such wonderful fond memories of our times spent with Ole and for that we are eternally thankful. He was such a joy to be around. There was never a dull moment! Thank you all for being an important part of his life and ours.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers, God Bless you,
    Marijo, David, Amy and Jason

  26. Becky Byrd Gilberto May 18, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Hey Zora,
    I am so sorry to hear to hear of your loss. My heart goes out to each of you and although the saying time heals all, I know you will never forget the many wonderful memories. May God be with you through all of your days.

  27. Marijo Huck & Family May 18, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Dear Zora, Max and Spencer,
    Our heartfelt condolences to each of you. We are now left with many fond memories Ole has given each of us. He was always a joy to be around and when he entered a room, there was never a dull moment! Ole was “one in a million” and we have always been very proud of him and all he had accomplished in his life time. That includes you, Zora, Max and Spencer. You made his life complete and for this we thank you.
    In Love, Prayers and God’s Blessing,

  28. Eileen DeWulf Prondzinski May 18, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Dear Zora,
    Paula was kind enough to call me about your loss and I am so very very sorry for you and your boys. I am glad I got to spend an evening with the both of you not that very long ago. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  29. Jane Ann Vigus Steiner & Family May 18, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Zora, Max & Spencer
    Ole was so special and we all loved him as we love you. There are no human words to use to comfort you at this time. Know that we, your many friends, are there for you, but you need to draw on your strong faith and love of God & His Son at this time. That is why we turn to God’s Word because that is the only place we can go to draw our strength. He is your Rock and will not fail you.
    Psalm 28: I pray to you, O LORD, my rock. Do not turn a deaf ear to me…Praise the LORD! For he has heard my cry for mercy. The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart and he helps me.
    You are in my and many people’s prayers and God’s love will get you through this,
    In Love,
    Jane Ann Vigus Steiner (Vigi)

  30. Linda Henning Mcqueen May 18, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Dear Zora,
    I found out just today during zumba about the loss of your husband Donn. I am so sad for you and your boys. Just know that I am here for you. We can be thankful that he is now with Jesus and what a blessing it is to know this! My thoughts are of you today.

  31. Michele and Lillie Tansey May 18, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Dear Zora, Spencer and Max,
    We join with these other folks to offer our prayers and sympathy. I did not know Ole personally but often felt I did just a little because of how highly you (Zora) spoke of him. Sunday morning praise and worship held a new meaning as I imagined him before the throne. May God comfort and keep you.
    Michele and Lillie Tansey

  32. Lydia Keller, May 18, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Donn was the guy that inspired me to go on to the Indiana University School of Business. We were in almost all of the same classes at Penn and our senior year we had to play an economic world game for our grade. Don was my partner. I may be smarter than him, but he was slicker. We won and got the only A for the class….Thanks Don for helping me, believing in me, and giving me the drive to succeed.
    Miss you,
    Lydia (Takerer) Keller

  33. Lisa Ball Turner May 19, 2010 at 12:42 am

    Dear Zora,
    My heart is filled with so much emotion for you and your boys. I wish I could give you and your boys a hug to make the pain of your loss and sadness go away. I have spent the last few hours going over memories from recent BSU homecoming events. Thanks to Ole.. thru his pictures..I have revisited precious moments with my dear sweet Nancy G. Jaynes, Ole, and his Sig Ep brothers that will forever remember a man of so many accomplishments. The Lord has blessed me with some amazing friendships because of my adventure at BSU that will continue to remain in my heart.
    My thoughts and prayer are with you and your boys.
    Lisa Ball Turner

  34. Bill Pierce May 19, 2010 at 1:22 am

    Dear Zora, I am so sorry.. I will really miss him when I come to Frankfort and talking to Ole about old cars. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love, Bill Pierce ( Kathy Montgmery’s father)

  35. Sherry Rockwell Peters May 19, 2010 at 7:53 am

    Dear Zora, Max, and Spencer,
    I am Debbi Singleton’s sister and know Ole through their many times together throughout high school and beyond. I cannot think of a time when I saw Ole with anything but a smile on his face and kind word for everyone he saw. He was truly a spirit-filled and loving person. As coincidence would have it, when Ole came to Merrillville to work at Fifth-Third Bank, my husband, Tom got to know Ole, too, as Tom was a banker in Northwest Indiana. He enjoyed his friendship with Ole very much, as they saw eye-to-eye on banking biz! When I think of Ole, I remember that authentic kindness he brought to everyone he met and everything he did. There is no better legacy than that. God bless you and the boys as you face this most difficult time. Many prayers are with you. Respectfully, Sherry and Tom

  36. Greg Bloskey May 19, 2010 at 8:31 am

    To the Walling Family: I occasionally spoke to Donn, about fifteen years ago, when he was with National City at the Merrillville office. I regularly dealt with one of the local branches and had a special question suited for the executives. Donn was professional, caring and dedicated. He is the reason that I kept National City on at that point. I am terribly sorry for your loss. He was rare. I am writing an autobiography, featuring the outstanding people, and I want to include him. You may contact me.
    God Bless you and comfort you. I would contrubute to the education fund but I have hit on hard times with family illness and discretionary funds are tight. I am sorry.
    Greg Bloskey

  37. Kathie Adkins Hixenbaugh May 19, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Zora, Matt and Spencer
    Donn was a true friend to me and everyone he knew. We went to school together from 6th grade until we graduated. He was a very special person. We will all miss him. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this most difficult time. God will be with you always.
    Kathie Adkins Hixenbaugh

  38. Jane & Robbie Dyche; Mildred Winkler May 19, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Dear Zora and boys, our thoughts and prayers are with you. We were so lucky to have known Ole and to get a chance to share in his humor. May God comfort you at this time. See you soon.

  39. Sandy (Brownlee) Pagano May 19, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Dear Zora,
    It broke my heart to hear of Ole’s passing. I pray you find strength and courage in the days ahead and may your memories bring you peace and joy.
    With love,

  40. John & Kim Hunter May 19, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Zora, Max and Spencer
    We are just heart broken to hear of Donn’s passing. It has been years since we have spoken, but you and Donn always held a special place in our hearts. You were always such genuine friends to us while you attended Liberty. Our prayers will be with you as you go through this difficult time.
    John and Kim Hunter

  41. Louise (Bennett) Lingner May 19, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Dear Zora,
    Terry and I are so sorry for your loss. You are in our hearts and minds, wishing you strength at this time, so grateful you have your boys to help you through. The news is spreading through the old AOPi’s and just remember you have so many sisters who love you and can help when you want it.
    With sympathy,

  42. Cal Gullion May 19, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Dear Zora, Max and Spencer,
    I am truly sorry for your loss. Please know that your husband and Father was a wonderful man who touched so many lives in a positive way. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Cal Gullion

  43. Mary (Mahon) Ross May 19, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    To the Walling family: I would like to send our sympathy to everyone in the family. My mother, if she was still alive would be doing this herself. Our mother is Pat Mahon, and her mother was Harriett Agnew. Our thoughts and prayers will be with all of you.
    Mary & Bob Ross

  44. Sue (Shambach) Broyles May 20, 2010 at 2:30 am

    I just found out about your tragic loss from Paula. I’m so very sorry for you and your sons. You have so many wonderful friends who are holding you up in prayer. May God give you the strength to get through this most difficult time. Ole will be greatly missed by so many. We were all blessed to have known him and for you to have him in your lives. Hold fast to your wonderful memories and know that you are surrounded by loving and caring friends, near and far.

  45. Terry and Louise Lingner May 20, 2010 at 6:53 am

    Zora, Horrible to communicate after so many years due to your tremendous loss. Louise and I will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Max and Spencer, we did not get a chance to know your father, but all one needs to do is look at his many accomplishments to see he was a great provider and caring man. Keep your shoulders broad and strong for your Mom. You have our sympathies.

  46. Jack Deal May 20, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Zora and family,
    As all of us, I was truly shocked and saddened by the loss of Ole. My deepest sympathy goes out to you. Ole was one of the finest men I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. It was through him that I was first introduced to my wife, Joan. He will truly be missed by all who knew him. Although he is gone, I will cherish the memories of him forever. May God give your family strength in your time of sorrow.

  47. Kristy Stockberger May 20, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    My heart goes out to you Zora, Max, Spencer and your extended family. Donn was a wonderful man and will be remembered by all of the people who came in contact with him. I will always remember how he/you guys taught Spencer and I am sure Max as well how important it is to look someone in the eye when you talk to them and to always shake someones hand with a firm handshake. I told my mom who worked with Donn at the bank that looking someone in the eye is not an easy task for anyone to do but when you are taught it at a young age it is much easier. I myself have a hard time doing it but I always try to remember to do it and I think of how when Donn would always tell Spencer to look at the person that he was talking to right in the eyes. I will never forget that. I will miss seeing him down from my parents house at Mary’s and I will miss seeing him in the bank when I go in there to visit my mom. My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your entire family. This community has lost a wonderful person and he will truely be missed. Thinking of you all. You have so many wonderful memories of him and you will always have those to look back on and he will forever be in your hearts.

  48. Deb Riggins May 20, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Dear Zora and family,
    My daughter, Celeste (Cripe) Burau called to tell me of Ole’s sudden passing. I will always remember you and Ole dancing at Ball State and how great you looked together. The two of you made the rest of us smile while watching you ! Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Take care and draw strength from each other.

  49. Lynne (Smith) Baker May 20, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    I was truely saddened by the loss of Ole. He was a wonderful person and I will cherish my memories of him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  50. Sallie Winkler Lewis, Melissa and Family, Catherine and Family, and Allen Asher and family May 20, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Dear Zora, Max and Spencer,
    We have such great memories of our time spent with Ole and will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  51. Coleen ,Patrick,Sean, Britt & Tynan Costin May 20, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Dear Zora, Max & Spencer,
    Our hearts are so sad with the shocking news of Ole’s passing. His life was cut too short too young yet he lived everyday & every moment to the fullest–a legacy for all of us to follow. Ole was always the example of how to find those special moments in the everyday of life–just enjoying the moment with friends. So many great memories from Ball State to New York, New Jersey, Wheelers, Costins & Wallings–adventures as couples & with the kids for so many great years. Although life detoured us all to different parts of the world with our growing families–those memories are still so close to Pat & I and our kids. Our kids all expressed how it could’nt be their “Uncle Ole”, too soon for the one who always made sure everyone was having a great time. A lasting impression from so many years ago–he will be missed greatly but always be a part of our special memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you & the boys during this difficult time.

  52. Martha (Schumacher) De Laurentiis May 20, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Dear Zora,
    Riney and Chari both emailed me with this very sad news – it’s been so long since I’ve seen you both, but your smiles and spirits have always been with me. Even more so now. I send you strength and courage, love and prayers. Ole was a gifted man and he shared his gifts and love with us all. You will always have those gifts with you.

  53. Garry Davis May 21, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Some of my most fondest memories of Ball State involved being a Sig Ep with Ole. (We were pledge brothers.) Ole was simply one of the most likeable guys I’ve ever met. Condolences to your family.

  54. Jan (Haney) Markley May 21, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Dear Zora,
    As an AOPi sister I always remember you with a smile on your face and enthusiasm about everything! It seems like you found the perfect mate in Ole. What fun you must have had over the years together!
    I pray your memories and God’s love will sustain you and your sons through the difficult times ahead.

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