Joseph John Malone, age 78, of Winsted, Minn., (formerly of Omaha, Neb.) passed away at his home Jan. 18, 1998.
Born May 17, 1919 in Pierre, S.D. to John and Mary (Horrigan) Malone, he grew up on a farm outside Milesville, S.D. He graduated from Philip High School in South Dakota in 1937 and later attended the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, where he graduated in 1943.
He married Helen Blackstone July 13, 1937 in Cambridge, Mass. They had two children, Kathleen (Ken) Schoenfelder, Winsted, and Rick Malone (Marlene) of Plattsmouth, Neb.
He is survived by his children; a brother, Tom Malone (Rosalie) of West Hartford, Conn.; a sister, Jane Froslie of Northfield, Mich.; a sister-in-law, Edith Blackstone of Lafayette, La.; eight grandchildren: Matthew Schoenfelder, Nagano, Japan; Mark (Teresa) Schoenfelder, Brooklyn Center; Luke (Mollee) Schoenfelder, Elk River; John Schoenfelder, St. Paul; Samuel, Elin, Mary and Kristine Schoenfelder, all of Winsted; one great-grandchild, Rebecca Schoenfelder, Brooklyn Center; as well as cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a brother, John, and two brothers-in-law.
After graduating with a degree in engineering, Joe worked for Curtiss-Wright in New Jersey developing electrical controls for airplane propellers.
In 1946, after the war, he returned to South Dakota and joined Northwestern Bell. During his 34+ years with Northwestern Bell, he worked in Deadwood, S.D., Rapid City, S.D., Fargo, N.D. and Omaha, Neb., retiring in 1981. He started his career in engineering and ended in pricing and marketing. While in pricing, he helped originate the concept of Off-Peak Pricing for telephone calls, which was initiated in South Dakota. It was a successful idea, which has since spread around the world.
He also spent two years on loan to Bell Laboratories in Allentown, Pa., where he helped refine the early transistors. After retiring from Ma Bell, Joe continued to see his fellow telephone associates in a Monday morning coffee group.
Joe was active in the North Dakota and Nebraska Societies of Professional Engineers during his career. He was actively involved in the Nebraska Republican party, and a member of the Waverly Council of the Knights of Columbus.
After his wife, Helen, died, Joe's health began to decline. He moved to Winsted at the end of 1996, to be closer to the Schoenfelder grandchildren and his daughter, Kathy, and her husband, Ken. They enjoyed his company at many family events during the 13 months he lived in Winsted.
He was currently a member of Holy Trinity parish in Winsted, and his funeral mass was celebrated on Jan. 21. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at Christ the King, his former parish in Omaha, on Jan. 29. Both Joe and Helen decided to donate their bodies to Creighton University Medical School, so the burial will take place at some future date in Philip, S.D.
The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family.