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Donovan W. Walling, 87, of Battle Creek died Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence in Battle Creek. Donovan was employed at Federal Mogul Corporation and later for Battle Creek Public Schools as a custodian.

He was born May 2, 1930 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Monroe and Henriette (Jones) Walling. Donovan grew up in Battle Creek and attended Battle Creek Public Schools.

Donovan married the former Louise Perry on May 2, 1950 in Battle Creek. That marriage ended in divorce as did a later marriage to Patricia Deese.

Surviving are two daughters, Angie Burkhead of Battle Creek, Melbra Jerrell of Albion and a son, Rick Walling of Texas.

Donovan was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Eileen Hamacher, Georgene Fox and Phyllis Gorton; a brother, Eugene Harold Walling and a daughter-in-law, Connie (Thayer) Walling. He was also preceded in death by longtime companion, Violet Pearl Carlsen.

Mr. Walling has been cremated and a private service for the family will be held at later date at Reese Cemetery in Springfield, Michigan.

Arrangements are by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Personal messages for the family may be placed here at