The world lost a major creative force when Don Walli left us and joined friends and family in Heavenly Paradise. Don was born in Berega, Michigan in 1932. His family soon moved to Ishpeming, Michigan and he attended Ishpeming High School. He later attended the University of Michigan where he majored in Journalism. He found a home in the company of his brothers at the SAE Fraternity and made many life-long friends. He passionately followed the mighty Wolverines for the rest of his life. GO BLUE! At Michigan he met his future wife, Ann Harrison, on a blind date. They married in 1956.
Don is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ann Walli and his two sons, Steve (Penny) and Kevin (Shirley) Walli. He was beloved by his grandson Andrew Walli and granddaughters Beth Walli, Amanda Eckstein and Miranda Walli. He was blessed to spend time with his great grandson Carson Bass and great granddaughter Abigail Eckstein.
Don was a proud veteran of the United States Navy, serving as a journalist and photographer aboard a destroyer tender. He later took a three-month cruise to South America with navy submarines and destroyers where he took pictures of sailors in interesting places in the ports.
Don had an amazing career as a “Mad Man” at the biggest and best advertising agency on Madison Avenue. He later moved into a career in teaching young minds at the prestigious Journalism Department at the University of Missouri. He also taught at the University of Kansas. He later chaired the Marketing Department at Greenville Technical College until his retirement.
Don and Ann retired to Sun City, Hilton Head in 1996 and enjoyed the good life that South Carolina offers. Don loved to play golf on the many golf courses in Hilton Head and at Sun City. Don and Ann also volunteered time at the Bluffton Library and Bargain Box to help the community that they loved. They moved to Seabrook 16 months ago and enjoyed the residents and staff at their new home.
Don and Ann attended the First Presbyterian Church in Hilton Head for 20 years and have a large group of friends there. They often ushered and greeted at the church and attended the social functions at First Presbyterian.
Don Walli had a long and enjoyable life experiencing many joys with family and close friends. He was a proud, intelligent and passionate man who will be sorely missed by all.
A Celebration of Life will be held at First Presbyterian Church, HHI on Friday, December 8 at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928 or The National Eye Institute, Budget Officer, Building 31, Room 6A16, 31 Center Drive, MSC 2510 Bethesda, MD 20892-2510. Please indicate that the donation is to be used for research. islandfuneralhome.com
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