Donald “Don” Stanley Malocha, 71, of Rogers City passed away January 14, 2018 at MidMichigan Medical Center in Alpena surrounded by his family.
He was born March 20, 1946 in Alpena to Alexander and Alfreda (Ode) Malocha. Don married Gail Dembny in 1966 in Alpena.
Don was a Rogers City High School graduate, sailed on Great Lakes’ freighters for a few years, worked for the Lisn Phone Company, and then started his long career at Calcite where he retired from in 2008. Don and Gail also owned and operated the Woodpecker Shop, where they manufactured pallets for many years.
Don was a talented welder and a perfectionist when it came to any type of construction work, especially when it came to building his and his children’s homes. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, camping and played softball for many years. He also coached peewee football for many years winning a championship one season.
Don’s grandchildren were his pride and joy, he supported and encouraged them in all they were involved in. He traveled to every game they had and was their biggest fan.
Don is survived by his wife, Gail; four children, Chad (Dee) Malocha of Buckley, Michelle (Chuck) Krueger of Hawks, Shari (Allen) Fleming of Rogers City and Cory (Stacey) Malocha of Rogers City; eight grandchildren, Terri Lynn (Dustin) Streich, Sean (fiancée Caroline) Malocha, Paige Malocha, Logan Fleming, Hannah Fleming, Lewis Fleming, Jacob Malocha and Emily Malocha; two great-grandchildren, Kalli Streich and Ashton Streich; three brothers, Alex (Barb) Malocha, Allen (Jane Clay) Malocha and Joseph (Kay) Malocha; many nieces and nephews; a special great-niece, Olivia Bauer, who she called Papa; and his faithful companion, Chance.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Jerry “Moose” Malocha.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Rogers City High School softball or baseball programs.
Friends visited at the Beck Funeral Home Wednesday, January 17 from 3 p.m. through the time of the funeral at 7 p.m. with the Rev. James Fitzpatrick officiating.
Online condolences may be addressed through www.beckfuneralhome.org.