Edward Vernon Malecek, age 90, of Delano, passed away peacefully at home Monday, Dec. 31, 2012.
He was born Dec. 17, 1922, to Frank and Milada (Matejka) Malecek in Lake Lillian Township, MN.
Ed served in the United States Navy during World War II, being discharged May 16, 1946.
He was employed as a heavy truck mechanic during his working life.
Ed was united in marriage to Louise M. Bailey April 28, 1945, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Lake Lillian.
Ed’s passion and hobby in life was his family. Spending time with family members and enjoying each other’s company was his joy in life.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law Rod Rademacher; grandson Christopher Smith; three brothers; and one sister.
Ed is survived by his wife of 67 years, Louise; children Jackie (Larry) Smith, Butch (Martha) Malecek, Patricia Rademacher, Ted (Margie) Malecek, Mary (Alan) Spears, Jean (Don) Hayes, Dave (friend Laureen) Malecek, Terry (Daryl) Foss, Mike Malecek, Steve (Hisae) Malecek, and Jon (Patty) Malecek; 21 grandchildren: Andrew (fiancée Sandy and girls, Alyssa and Abby) Smith, Matthew (Erica) Smith, Jason (Jessica) Smith, LuVern (Kathryn) Smith, Edward Malecek, Kari (Jason) Petersen, Randall Malecek, Katie Malecek, Garet Malecek, Troy Spears, Erin Spears, Megan (Beau) Blackford, Alycia Hayes, Joni (Sean) Danzl, John (Crystal) Foss, Michael Malecek, Adam Malecek, Nicolas Malecek, Robert Malecek, Allison Malecek, and Derek Malecek.
He is further survived by 17 great-grandchildren: Avery Smith; Hayden, Howie, and Hudson Smith; Lily Smith; Anastasia and Gideon Smith; Ashley and Nicolas Petersen; Dylan Cox, Skylar and Noah Spears; Nathaniel Ewing; Jaylynn and Chloe Danzl; and Hailey and William Foss; and sisters Josephine Vinar and Lucy Herman.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Saturday, Jan. 5 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano.
Visitation was Friday, Jan. 4 from 4 to 8 p.m. in Martha Hall of St. Peter Catholic Church, with a 3:30 p.m. rosary service; and continued Saturday, one hour prior to Mass.
Arrangements were with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.