Buford  Waling


Buford Frederick Waling, 104, of Maple City, passed away Monday, May 13, 2019 at home while surrounded by his loving family. Born on March 21, 1915 the son of Frederick and Lydia (Potts) Waling, Buford grew up on a farm in Brook, Indiana.
He studied in a one room schoolhouse and later attended Indiana University in Bloomington, where he received his master's degree in chemistry. It was there that he met his future bride, Frances Whaley, a nutrition major. They married on Aug. 23, 1941 and moved to Midland, where he found his lifelong job at Dow Chemical Company.
Throughout his life Buford had a great love for the woods and his acreage on Lime Lake. He was active at his churches in Midland and Leland until just a few years ago. He was loved and admired by friends and family near and far.
Buford is survived by his two children, Paul (Janine) Waling and Diane (Marc) Kemp; seven grandchildren, Stacy (Brandon) Luther, Erik (Anneli) Waling, Maria (Mikael Ljung) Waling, Tomas (Rebecka Martinsson) Waling, Travis (Greta) Kemp, Andrew (Christy) Kemp and Jason (Courteney) Kemp; and eight great-grandchildren, Alana, Simon, Emilie, Benjamin, Alice, Frances, Hunter and Brooklyn.
A special thanks is extended to his loving caregivers, Marcie Hester and Nancy Martin, and also to the crew from Comfort Keepers.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Frances; his son, Jan; and his brother, Charles.
His service will be held at 11 a.m., with the family greeting friends at 10 a.m., on Friday, May 17, at the Leland Community United Methodist Church. Burial in Cleveland Township Cemetery will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 19. Pastor Chuck Towersey of the Fresh Wind Christian Community will officiate.
Memorials may be directed to Leelanau Christian Neighbors, PO Box 196, Lake Leelanau, MI 49653.
Please share condolences and memories with Buford's family at www.martinson.info.
Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Leelanau.
Published on May 16, 2019
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