OBITUARY

Raymond E Malone

January 19, 1941November 18, 2021
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Raymond Earl Malone passed on November 18th, 2021, at the age of 80, after a year long battle with leukemia. He surpassed the initial life expectancy he was given by six months and like the strong and determined man we knew and loved, he held onto hope and never stopped fighting.

On January 19th, 1941, Raymond began his meager childhood in McNairy County, Tennessee with father, Robert Mack Malone of Tippah County, Mississippi and mother, Annie Lorene Staton of McNairy County, Tennessee. Nine years later his sister Brenda was born.

In July of 1960 at the young age of 19, Ray joined the Air Force. He traveled the world both with and without his family from 1960 to 1980, serving in San Antonio, Texas and Lake Charles, Louisiana before meeting Johnita in Salina Kansas. He together with his wife Johnita P. Malone became prime examples of pulling yourself up by your bootstraps through sheer grit and strong work ethic.

A two year stint in Lampoc, California and then Guam followed by a year in Minot, North Dakota preceded his year long service in Vietnam in 1969. From there it was Germany for 7 years before ending his 20 year Air Force career in the 3rd MOB at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma on September 30, 1980. These were some of the proudest days of his life, where he made friends and memories that lasted a lifetime and earned the nickname “Hawkeye”, apparently for being good at hitting the bullseye playing darts.

After the Air Force, Ray began his second career selling Buicks. These were the only cars he would sell. He always loved cars, but his favorites were Buicks, from the Wildcat, to his favorite LeSabre and ending up with an Enclave.

Raymond sold cars in Oklahoma City until the mid-1980s when car sales slumped due to the Oklahoma oil bust. Then he followed Johnita to her new job at Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio where he continued selling cars until Johnita passed away in 2001. It was through his job selling cars that he later met and married Bonnie.

After retiring from car sales, Ray enjoyed traveling, going to breakfast with his buddies and doing his daily sudoku puzzles from the newspaper. He took great pride in his yard and home. He was a southern boy at heart and loved his NASCAR. You knew not to call him when the race was on.

Ray will be missed for his colorful stories and jokes, fiery spirit, patriotic pride, deep seeded loyalties and bold authenticity. He was unafraid to speak his mind and a true original diamond in the rough built from the school of tough love and hard knocks, courtesy of America’s greatest generation. Trustworthy, honest, stable, strong and reliable, he was a man to be admired.

Raymond lived a full life as a brother, husband, father and grandfather. He was a genuine friend to many, father-in-law to David, Ed and Brian, leaving behind wife Bonnie Malone, sister Brenda Malone, daughters Yvonne Ledford, Ramona Norman and Roxanne Albright, grandchildren Corey, Victoria, Taylor, Allison, Samantha, Jackson, Harrison and Hamilton. He was dearly loved and will be forever missed. He’s given us many memories to hold onto and left an indelible print on our hearts.

There will be a visitation and memorial service at the Tobias funeral home - Beavercreek Chapel in Ohio on Tuesday, November 23rd. Visitation is from 5 to 6PM, with the memorial service from 6 to 7PM.

Afterwards he will be transported to Bachelor-Faulkner-Dart-Surber Funeral Home in Belleville, Kansas to be laid to rest beside our mother Johnita at the Balch Cemetery, in rural Formoso, Kansas, on Saturday, November 27th at 11AM.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.tobias-fh.com for the Malone family.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, November 23, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, November 23, 2021

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  • Burial

    Saturday, November 27, 2021

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Tamara Sponburg

November 23, 2021

I have many memories of Mr. Malone which I lovingly called "dad" . My friend Yvonne were best friends since Jr High. I spent many times at her house.

One night we were supposed to drive which was me driving to get some tacos on a busy street that was a street most teenagers used to drive all night to visit friends(12 street)

Well I was 16 years old and a new driver. Neverless to say, we had a accident driving there. I failured to yield to traffic. I was scared.

I went home with Yvonne. Her dad was so kind to call and tell my dad. It was a scary experience, but her dad did not get onto us. He just had the car towed since my dad was a car salesman and he was also after getting out of the airforce. This was just one example of his kindness.

Love Always

Tammy

Albert (Pat) Patterson

November 22, 2021

My Name is Albert Patterson. I served under Ray Malone in Germany (2nd Mobile Combat Group) in 1973/74. He was my boss and a great leader. Several years past he located me via Ron Eggers and came to visit me here in Baton Rouge, LA. We laughed and had a good time talking about the time we travelled to Bergen and Bodo, Norway. He also laughed very hard when talking about our trip to Thessalonia, Greece. During this trip he introduced me to a Greek drink called OUZO. He poured the OUZO in a shot glass and lit it with a match. The drink lit with a blue flame. He blew out the flame and told me to take a sip. He asked me how I felt. I shouted! my insides are on fire. He laughed so hard and had to help me back to the hotel. I miss him now and always will for as long as I live. Rest in peace Ray.

Randall Gillespie

November 21, 2021

My name is Randall Gillespie, Better known as GIL and I met Ray when I was assigned to the 2nd Mobil Comm Group in Germany.
Ray was with out a doubt one of the finest people I have ever met in in my 28 years of Service in the Air Force. He and I worked on many projects during our tour in Germany and I have never worked with any one that i enjoyed more. I will never forget the time we spent together both as Supervisors and workers. He certainly knew what he was doing and always passed his knowledge on to those who worked form him. He was a great part of my life and I will never forget the times we had together. He will always be in my mind.

Robert Daniels

November 19, 2021

MSgt Ray Malone was my maintenance superintendent on several exercises for the 3rd Combat Communications Group. He was the smartest and hardest working SNCOs that I knew in 30 years of service. He taught me a lot about leadership, and how to keep my focus on the mission. He made the Air Force a better place, and I was blessed to be able to serve with him. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends in the loss of this proud American patriot.
Robert Daniels, Colonel, US Air Force, Retired

Gail DeGood-Guy

November 19, 2021

Dear Bonnie and family, I am so very sorry for your loss of Ray. He was my boss at the 3rd Mob @ Tinker AFB, OK from 1977-1980. I have only the BEST memories of him during that time. I am glad that Larry Ward and I came to visit you both several years ago. It was a joy for Larry and I to meet up with Ray again and to meet you, Bonnie. Please accept my deepest sympathies. He was a true Air Force hero. God rest his soul.

Judy Stockman

November 18, 2021

I met Ray in December 1963 when he and my future husband were both stationed at Shilling AFB in Salina Kansas. They were in each other's weddings and we celebrated the birth of their first baby. We were a foursome and spent most weekends together. I miss Johnita and Ray and the crazy trips we took! He will not be replaced in my life and I know that he and Yozwiak will laugh in heaven just like they did on earth! RIP

MONA TATUM

November 18, 2021

Uncle Raymond was absolutely one of a kind! He was funny and he said what was on his mind regardless if you agreed with him or not and that was one of his strong traits I really liked about him. He was kind and brilliant and will be so dearly missed

Larry Ward

November 18, 2021

I served with Ray in the 3rd MOB inthe1970s at Tinker AFB. He was one of the good guys and a great patriot. I have a lot of good memories of our times together, including catching up with him at the closing ceremonies of the 3rd MOB a few years back. Gail Degood Guy and I went to the Air Force Museam in Dayton with him several years ago, and we had such a good time remembering our service day together. I send you my sincere condolences for your losing your loved one.

Carl Harlaxher

November 18, 2021

I met this man through our friend George Wooten when he invited me for breakfast,he became a great friend.we talked every weekend about nascar ,what drivers we liked and the ones we hated .he always looked forward to our breakfasts every month, we cut up each other and joked around a lot.it has been an honor to have known him and to have him as a. friend.god be with his family .

Keri Skinner

November 18, 2021

Uncle Ray was someone who once you met you would never forget. He ‘stole’ my nose more times than I could remember as a kid. He also educated me on the car buying process when I bought my first car as an adult. He also had some strange habits - like drinking a Pepsi with peanuts in the Pepsi while watching nascar. Through all that though, you could tell he had a big heart as he missed his first wife deeply and was so proud of his girls and their kids. He will be deeply missed. Sending my love to each of you.

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