Harold Edward Malnar
March 16, 1932 – January 31, 2020
Services for Harold Edward Malnar, 87, of Lufkin, will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 4, 2020 in the Gipson Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Mark Newton officiating. Interment will follow in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park.
Mr. Malnar was born March 16, 1932, in Grapeland, Texas, the son of the late Allie (Jacob) and Joseph “Joe” Malnar. He passed away Friday, January 31, 2020 in a local hospital.
Mr. Malnar was retired from Southern Pacific Railroad as a switchman. He was a loving husband, father, and Poppa. He enjoyed cooking, hunting, fishing, making malts for his grandchildren, and taking care of others. Mr. Malnar served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He attended Lufkin schools and Pineywoods Business College. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Lufkin.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Maxine Stephens Malnar of Lufkin; son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Carla Malnar of Alto; daughters and sons-in-law, Terri and Jerry Byrd of Alto and Sherri and Timothy Locke of Corrigan; son, Bruce Malnar of Lufkin; grandchildren, Traci and Case Towslee, Stevie Gail and Jeremy Hight, Travis Byrd, Samantha and John Roddy Pace, Shane and Kristina Malnar, Owen Locke, Jake Byrd, Carter Locke, J. R. and Christina Crittenden, Josey Malnar, Tayten Trahan and Harlee Malnar; great-grandchildren, Presley Byrd, Trent Crittenden, Aubrey Jane Hight, Lilly Crittenden, Annabelle Pace, Jameson Hight, Caroline Towslee, Josie Crittenden, Matthew Pace and Joseph Malnar; sisters and brothers-in-law, Betty and Pete Boothe, Mary Lou Sahr, and Marie and Curtis Thompson.
Mr. Malnar was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Dennis Malnar, J. C. Malnar and Bob Malnar; and sister, Dorothy Alsbrooks.
Pallbearers will be Shane Malnar, Travis Byrd, Jake Byrd, Owen Locke, Carter Locke and J. R. Crittenden.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Byrd, Timothy Locke, Jeremy Hight, John Roddy Pace and Case Towslee.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home.
Services have been placed in the trust of Gipson Funeral Home. Condolences may be offered at www.gipsonfuneralhome.com
- Maxine Stephens Malnar, Wife of 67 Years
- Stephen and Carla Malnar, Son and Daughter-in-Law
- Terri and Jerry Byrd, Daughter and Son-in-Law
- Sherri and Timothy Locke, Daughter and Son-in-Law
- Bruce Malnar, Son
- Traci and Case Towslee, Grandchildren
- Stevie Gail and Jeremy Hight, Grandchildren
- Travis Byrd, Grandson
- Samantha and John Roddy Pace, Grandchildren
- Shane and Kristina Malnar, Grandchildren
- Owen Locke, Grandson
- Jake Byrd, Grandson
- Carter Locke, Grandson
- J. R. and Christina Crittenden, Grandson
- Josey Malnar, Granddaughter
- Tayten Trahan, Granddaughter
- Harlee Malnar, Granddaughter
- Presley Byrd, Trent Crittenden, Aubrey Jane Hight, Great-Grandchildren
- Lilly Crittenden, Annabelle Pace, Jameson Hight, Great-Grandchildren
- Caroline Towslee, Josie Crittenden, Matthew Pace, Joseph Malnar, Great-Grandchildren
- Betty and Pete Boothe, Sister and Brother-in-Law
- Mary Lou Sahr, Sister
- Marie and Curtis Thompson, Sister and Brother-in-Law
- Mr. Malnar was preceded in death by his parents, Allie (Jacob) and Joseph "Joe" Malnar; brothers, Dennis Malnar, J. C. Malnar and Bob Malnar; and sister, Dorothy Alsbrooks.
- Shane Malnar, Active
- Travis Byrd, Active
- Jake Byrd, Active
- Owen Locke, Active
- Carter Locke, Active
- J. R. Crittenden, Active
- Jerry Byrd, Honorary
- Timothy Locke, Honorary
- Jeremy Hight, Honorary
- John Roddy Pace, Honorary
- Case Towslee, Honorary
- Visitation Monday, February 3, 2020
- Funeral Service Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Harold Edward Malnar
Paula Ford odom
February 10, 2020
Mrs. Malnar, Sherri & family, many blessings during this difficult time! God bless you all!!!
Paula Ford Odom
February 6, 2020
I was honored to be a part of Mr Malnars care when he resided in an assisted living home. He was a very sweet man and always had a smile for me. He kept me at my word to come see him first thing when I got to work and when I left for the day. He always told me how he appreciated me and that ,in itself, was appreciated. I made sure he was shaved and happy when I worked. He truly adored his wife and family and I know he will be greatly missed. Heaven gained a good man.
February 3, 2020
My deepest sympathy for your loss. I met and got to know Harold during the years that I coordinated the school reunion for the students who had attended the Rocky Hill School. My parents both attended the school when he did. I remember him as such a fun and interesting person and I feel very privileged to have known him, even if for just a few years. I have a number of pictures of him at these reunions celebrating with old friends and classmates. Please contact me if you would like a copy of them. Again, so sorry to hear of his passing. - Regards, Cindy Havard
February 2, 2020
When I was about 5 years old I had spent the night with Uncle Harold and family and he taught me the correct way to wash my hands. He did it in a very kind way and I remember that it made me feel important! Also he never one time ever ignored me so he always made me feel important!!!❤ I'll always fondly remember him and love him!❤❤❤