William “Bill” L. Walling, MD, 89, formerly of Grayville

William L. Walling, MD, of Evansville Ind., passed away Feb. 25 at Deaconess Hospital surrounded by family and friends. Bill was born on Dec. 9, 1930 to Homer and Blanch Walling in Vanderburgh County, Ind.

He spent his youth in Mount Vernon, Ind., and talked fondly of his early education in a two-room school house there. Bill was an Army veteran stationed at Ft. Belvoir, Va. He served for 8 years. He used his G.I. Bill benefits to attend Evansville College. He graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1960. He enjoyed a long career as a family physician with his friend and medical partner, Dr. Robert Richey. They opened a family practice clinic in Grayville Ill. and were on staff at Wabash General Hospital in Mount Carmel, Ill. After many years in private practice Bill moved to Evansville and worked for St Mary’s Hospital at Convenient Care West and worked there until his retirement.

He was a member of The Lion's Club. He was baptized at the age of 13 at the Methodist Church in Mount Vernon. Bill loved flying and was a longtime member of the Experimental Aircraft Association. He enjoyed yearly visits to Oshkosh, Wis. for the air show. He built several small airplanes with his good friend, Tim Eyer. Bill also enjoyed snow skiing and kayaking. He spent lots of time in his later life working on Sudoku puzzles.

Bill had three children, Brad Walling (Peg) of Bellmont Ill., Dr. Linda Walling-Braastad (Fred) of Dunlap Ill., and Phyllis Walling of Evansville Ind. They survive, along with three grandchildren, Jill (Zach) Bertram Hunt and Taylor and Morgan Braastad; three great-grandchildren, Alexis and Brooklyn Bertram and Maddux Hunt. A sister, Beverly Cross of Evansville, Ind. also survives, along with nieces, Kathy Grant and Susan Pfender and nephew David Cross. He was preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law, Dr. Fred Braastad.

A Celebration of Life service was held Saturday, Feb. 29 at Alexander West Chapel, 2100 W. Illinois Street, Evansville, Ind.

Bill was very fond of animals, and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Vanderburgh County Humane Society or It Takes a Village Animal Rescue. Condolences may be made online at www.AlexanderWestChapel.com.