Richard (Ike) Malmstrom passed away Dec. 25, 2012, leaving behind a wife, Maxine, seven children and 23 grandchildren all who call him their hero and miss him tremendously. Also surviving him are five sisters and their families. He was 79.
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Children, Valerie Edge of Plum City, Wis., Michael, deceased, Lea Bryan of Covington, La., Mitchell of Orlando, Fla., Alan of Piedmont, S.C., Laurie Cole of Campobello, S.C., Marty of Campobello, S.C., and Merry of Inman, S.C.; sisters, Pat Brandmeyer, Nancy Passini, Merry Noah, Joann Hubband and Rebecca Miner. Preceding him in death were his parents, Edwin and Ella, a brother, Dale and two sisters, Judy Kassel and Beth Crack.
Ike was a graduate of UTHS, served two years in the Army, worked for R.I. Lines, drove trucks for Hatten Trucking, farmed six years in Wisconsin and later worked trucks with Malmstrom and Sharp evolving into Malmstrom Trucking out of Florida with his son, Alan. He was so proud of his family.
His immediate family has had a private ceremony. However, a memorial tribute is planned to be on his birthday, June 10, 2013, in Tryon, N.C. For further information, contact 864-921-5036. Petty Funeral Home & Crematory, Landrum, S.C., provided information.
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Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Jan. 5, 2013