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Donald J. Palm

March 16, 1934 — January 11, 2023

Winona Lake

Donald Joseph Palm, known to some as "Don" and to others as "Whiz," passed away quietly at home in Winona Lake in the early hours of Wednesday, January 11, 2023. He was 88 years old.

Born in Chicago, IL on March 16, 1934, Don was the son of Robert J. Palm and Anne (Jansen) Palm. He spent his formative years there, graduating from Lane Technical High School in 1952 and later furthered his education with IBEW Local 134.

Professionally, Don spent more than 44 years working with the Divane Brothers Electricians - a tenure which is rare to find in building and construction trades. Don was loyal, hardworking and said what was on his mind. He was also a 70 year member of IBEW, a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus and an avid fisherman. He enjoyed working on cars and could fix seemingly anything. He was independent, sometimes bull-headed and loved his family fiercely.

United in marriage to Judith Ann Balfanz on November 27, 1954, Don and Judy spent more than 68 years together before his passing; she survives at home. Also surviving with memories to cherish are four children: Donald (Janine) Palm of Aurora, IL, Glenn (Teresa) Palm of North Webster, Robert (Kathy) Palm of Villa Park, IL and Loretta (Robert) Paaren of St. Peters, MO; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; eight siblings: Doe (Johnny) Bazan, Marge Morrisey, Bob (Linda) Palm, Helen Pearson, Jim (Sharon) Palm, Anne (Gayle) Gilley, Patricia Morrison, Cathy Palm; his sister-in-law Sue Palm; and many many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Anne; brother, Michael Palm, sister Mary Deja, and four brother in-laws, Glenn Balfanz, Larry Deja, Bob Morrisey and Tom Morrison.

Special thanks to the Kosciusko Hospice Team.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials can be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Titus Funeral Home and Cremation Services is entrusted with Don's care. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 125 North Harrison, Warsaw on Friday, January 20, 2023 at 12:30 p.m. Visitors may gather beginning at 11 a.m. with Rosary Service beginning at Noon. Final entombment will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.

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Friday, January 20, 2023

11:00am - 12:00pm (Eastern time)

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

125 N Harrison St, Warsaw, IN 46580

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Rosary

Friday, January 20, 2023

12:00 - 12:30pm (Eastern time)

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Friday, January 20, 2023

12:30 - 1:30pm (Eastern time)

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125 N Harrison St, Warsaw, IN 46580

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