Michael A. Waling
On Saturday August 15, 2020, Mike Waling passed away at age 72 from COVID-19 at Casa Hospice at The Hacienda in Tucson, AZ. Michael Andrew Waling was born on February 10, 1948 to Berne and Dorothy (Ruschli) Waling. A graduate of St. Andrews School, Mike graduated from Delavan-Darien HS in 1966. After high school, Mike attended the UW-Stevens Point. He graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration in 1970. He worked in the family automobile business in Delavan, WI until he moved to Tucson in 1977. After moving to Tucson, Mike became a successful realtor and served the realtor community in many ways; he served as President of TAR in 2007 and as member of the Professional Standards Committee locally and nationally. Mike taught the Code of Ethics class for 25 years, was named REALTOR Associate of the Year in 1985 and REALTOR of the Year in 2000. He is remembered as an excellent teacher as well as a mentor for many new realtors. He enjoyed coaching his daughters’ softball teams, watching his grandkids play sports and attending their musical concerts, traveling to Rocky Point, Mexico, watching NASCAR, and UA sports of all kinds.
Mike is survived by his children, Michelle (Owe) Rasmussen, Christopher “CW” (Dianne) Waling, Courtney (Chuck) Larson, and Joshua Waling all of Tucson; eight cherished grandchildren, Kai and Finn Rasmussen, Dylan, Chase, and Cameron Waling, Makayla Waling, Jesse and Cheyanne Larson, and his beloved dog, Lily, all of Tucson; 5 siblings, Marilyn Doyle of Rockford, IL, Janet Siemson of Skokie IL, Clip (Ellen) Waling of Tucson, Bardi (Jim) King of Altoona, WI, Brooke (Murph) Murphy of Western Springs, IL; numerous much loved nieces and nephews.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents, 1 sister, Peggy Clark and 2 brothers-in-law, Bud Doyle and Simmy Siemson.
Anyone wishing to donate in his memory may either send a check to the Hearth Foundation, 229 W. King, Tucson, AZ 85705 or make a donation online at thehearthfoundation.com. A Celebration of Life will occur at a later date when it’s safe for gatherings.