OAK PARK – James A. Malone, 93, a 66-year resident of Oak Park passed away at his home Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.|
Born in DeKalb on Feb. 15, 1920, to the late of the late Frank and Ella, nee Collins, Malone. He graduated from DeKalb High School and attended Northern Illinois University where he met his wife Betty.
After service in the Army during World War II, JIm married Betty and settled in Oak Park. Jim was a butcher who worked for his uncle at the Tip Top Meat shop in the Andersonville area of Chicago, followed by many years with Skandia Foods also in Andersonville.
After his retirement, he took up golf at Columbus Park in Chicago, and began his passionate career writing letters to the media and the famous, of which he often received responses.
He will be remembered as a gentle, kind and patient soul, whose other passions consisted of family, story telling, sports and ushering at Ascension Church. He is survived by his wife of 67 years Betty nee Wengierski; his son Jim (wife Mary Kay), of Elmhurst, his cherished granddaughters Katie and Betsy Malone, of Elmhurst.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Bill and sister, Lois (the late Bob) Lawson. He was the fond uncle of many.
The visitation is from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St., Oak Park. Prayers will be at 9:15 a.m. Monday, Dec. 23, and Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at Ascension Church, 808 S. East Ave., Oak Park. Private interment will be in his hometown of DeKalb at St. Mary cemetery. For information, visit drechslerbrownwilliams.com.
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Published in Daily Chronicle on Dec. 24, 2013