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Bud Maloney, 93, died Aug. 27, 2013, in Klamath Falls, Ore., holding the hand of his dearly, loved wife.
Born in 1920 in Dunsmuir, Calif., to Charles and Edith (Tanner), Bud was the son of a railroad man and grew up with sisters, Cleo and June (aka "Mick"). His mother passed away when he was young, but hard work was Bud's path to a full and successful life, saying he did what it took to make ends meet. He raised chickens, worked in a grocery store, planted gladiola bulbs for less than a penny a piece and fibbed about his age to work at Spreckel's sugar factory.
Two days after Pearl Harbor, Bud enlisted as a Navy apprentice seaman and was honorably discharged earning a chief motor machinist mate. His nearly four-year military adventures were both a source of pride and a burden to bear. He encountered combat in five invasions. Bud earned a Silver Star and a Purple Heart for gallantly helping fellow survivors return to the ship after their landing craft was hit by three 88mm German shells, even though he was severely wounded himself. He loved to talk about his war travels, but questioned why he survived when others didn't.
After the war, he returned to Marina, Calif., where his former employer made good on a promise to sell "that kid" his grocery store with only Bud's signature. Later, Bud built the post office and became Marina's postmaster. He also constructed a cabin at Spring Creek, Ore., rentals in Marina, a country kitchen and, with the help of friends, a working windmill at his Williamson River home. He organized a volunteer fire department and was named Marina's first fire chief. He raised money to match a Bing Crosby Fund for Marina's Youth Center and was a member of the Monterey Blue Lodge, Marina Grange, San Jose Scottish Rite and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Bud was able to retire after 30 years as postmaster at the early age of 55 due to his successful business projects.
He married Roberta "Bobbie" Ide in 1950 and together they had two children, Charles T. and Colleen.
In 1990, Bud married Donna (Foulon) Fitzpatrick at Lake Tahoe. He brought hand-picked flowers to Lake of the Woods to meet her family, which started a 23-year tradition of giving her flowers and gifts for birthdays, anniversaries and just because. Bud and Donna enjoyed a wonderful retirement together that included traveling to Arizona, cruising to Mexico, camping with family, and playing cards with friends. He always said to Donna, his devoted caregiver, "I don't know what I'd do without you."
Bud is survived by his wife, Donna, sister June "Mick" Ruttschow, son Charles T. Maloney, daughter Colleen Foresman, step-children Gwen/Ben deGroot, Pegeen Fitzpatrick, Paula/Quintin McBain, Clay/Shari Fitzpatrick, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Private, graveside services with military honors will be at noon Wednesday, Sept. 4, at the Eagle Point National Cemetery.
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Published in Herald And News on Aug. 30, 2013