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Ralph MALLICOTE Obituary

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MALLICOTE, Ralph 93, of Hamilton, died Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, after a brief illness. A native of Jackson County, Kentucky, he was the son of Claude and Rosetta Lainhart Mallicote. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Raymond and Michael. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Jackie Jones Mallicote; sister Helen (Marvin) Sizemore of Hamilton and brother Dale (Ann) Mallicote of Arizona; children Kent (Janet) Mallicote of North Carolina, Steven (Carol) Mallicote of Hamilton and Deborah (Dale) Changnon of California; grandchildren Cindy Levitz, Jeff Mallicote, Jennifer Ossenschmidt, Alana Fletcher, Troy Mallicote and Lance Mallicote. He is also survived by stepdaughter Janis (Gene) Toennisson. Mr. Mallicote was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II and Purple Heart recipient. He was a ball turret gunner on two B-17s, both named Wee Bonnie, and was shot down twice in 1943. The first time he was shot down over the North Sea and was rescued by members of the Royal Navy. The second time he bailed out from his disabled plane over Nazi-occupied Paris and became a prisoner of war at Stalag 17b in Krems, Austria, where he spent the rest of the war. He is the last surviving crew member of the Wee Bonnie. A long time resident of Ross, he retired from Champion Paper. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 6 at Venice Cemetery in Ross. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. www.charlesyoungfuneralhome.com

Published in Journal-News on Mar. 2, 2014
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