In Memory

Walter Furman

Walter Furman

Walter Donald Furman.  Don died March 8, 1994. Don served as a corporal with the US Marine Corps from 1966-68 during the Vietnam War. He was a semi-driver for Atlas Sales for 16 years until taking medical disability in 1987. He was manager of Churchill and Bingham Smoke Shop from 1977-78. Don was a member of First Congregational Church; Ira A. Beck Lodge 503, F&AM; the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley; Battle Creek Shrine Club; the Saladin Temple of Grand Rapids; Teamsters Locals 7 and 34; and Capt. Oscar Brady American Legion Post 298. He drove Mini 500 race cars and enjoyed golfing, driving the Shrine van, watching car races on television and reading, especially Civil War history.

Information in 2005 Reunion Booklet obtained from the Battle Creek Enquirer.  

I remember the fun we had practicing for the production of the Wizard of Oz years ago. Don was a passionate Vietnam War era veteran. Our chance encounters on the streets of Battle Creek in later years never seemed to recapture that sense of fun that we shared in school. Time and experience had changed Don, but the heart of who he was remains frozen in time…1965.

Information in 2005 Reunion Booklet provided by Jane Ballard McCracken. 

I have a very fond memory of Don. One year Don asked me to a Homecoming Dance. I was ready to go, but he never showed up. It turned out that he had gone...Hunting! We remained friends and I treasure the fun we had with that and was glad we remained friends for so many years.

Information in 2005 Reunion Booklet provided by Sandi Moffitt Buckner. 

I can still hear Don's infectious laugh as he teased and playfully taunted. He seemed to enjoy life and all its possibilities. Don had a tender side I doubt few saw - a heart as big as the sun to match his smile.

Information in 2005 Reunion Booklet provided by Sally Gehrman Guehl.

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11/05/14 11:44 AM #1    

Michael King

I used to sit next to Don in the Acapella Choir, if you can believe that! He would always crack me up at the most inconvenient times. His favorite comment was that your breath smells like persimmons! I didn't even know what a persimmon was and it wasn't til much later that I found out what that really meant! He was one of a kind  


08/01/15 10:08 PM #2    

Richard (Rick) Barber

Don was a friend of mine durring highschool. I do remembber seeing him at the 10 year reiounion, I thought he wouldn't show up but after the dinner he did stop by. We talked about the old times and later I heard he had passed. RIP Don.

08/02/15 05:38 PM #3    

Martin Alexis Bobinac

My grade scool friend, lived 2 blks from me. Back then he went by Don; he hated Walter. GOD have mercy on his soul.    m

08/03/15 05:46 PM #4    

Annette Evans (Zalner)

Don lived in our neighborhood.  Had a lot of fun playing as kids.  Very sad he passed at a young age. 

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