Thomas E. Malone was born November 29 1964 in Liberal Kansas. He passed away on March 8, 2019 in Leavenworth, Kansas.
He was the son of Thomas R. and Marilynn A. Malone. He grew up in central Kansas where he attended grade school in Chase, and junior and high school in Lyons Kansas, where he graduated in 1983.
He was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome early in school, but did not let that stop him from enjoying participating in Track and Field and in band where he received awards for his ability with the trumpet.
Thomas joined the military in 1987 after having first been rejected due to his Tourettes. But he did not give up and he reapplied and made the recruiting office understand that this would not prevent him from being a soldier. He made the military his life and has made many friend and acquaintances throughout his life in the service of our country. He is a veteran of the first Iraq war having served in Kuwait and Iraq. Upon retiring from regular duty he continued in the Army reserves while working in the civilian life as an X-Ray technician at Washington County hospital and more recently working as a guard in the Leavenworth Correctional Facility.
He enjoyed shooting many types and styles of weapons at various public and private ranges with friends and family to share his knowledge and passions with people he cared for. In 2006 he joined the Freemasons’ and had achieved the level of Master Mason with the Grand Lodge of the State of Kansas, a membership he was proud of and spoke proudly of.
Thomas is survived by his daughter Kaitlyn Malone and sons Seth Malone and Kendrick Thalmann; his mother Marilynn Malone, and his brothers Steve Hufferd, Kevin Mata, Chris Malone and youngest brother Michael Malone. He was preceded by his father Thomas R. Malone and his sister Rhonda Wolverton.
Graveside Services with Full Military Honors will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday March 15, 2019 at the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery at Fort Riley, 5181 Wildcat Creek Road in Manhattan, with Rev. Ben Duerfeldt officiating. A procession will be formed at 12:00 noon on Friday at the funeral home for family and friends to go the cemetery.
The Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502, is assisting the family with the funeral arrangements.