Memorial services for Kenneth L. Mallison will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, July 5 at First Congregational Church in Manistee, with Rev. Jane Lippert officiating. Military honors will be accorded by VFW Walsh Post 4499 Ritual Squad at graveside at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery following the service.
Ken went to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 24, 2013. He was born on July 1, 1930, in Manistee, son of Clarence and Alvina (Nurnberger) Mallison of Bear Lake.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Violet (Rosenow) Mallison; his parents; in-laws Herman and Lydia (Woebbeking) Rosenow, formerly of Freesoil; and brother Staryl Mallison.
Ken is survived by his children: Joye Matolyak and husband Michael of Johnstown, PA; Kevin of Morgantown, WV; Krista Everage and husband John Charles of Santa Monica, CA; and Eric and wife Kathy of Pittsburgh, PA. He was blessed with 10 grandchildren. He is also survived by brother Thomas Mallison and wife Wanda of Bear Lake, sister-in-law Lois Rosenow of Ludington, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ken is a graduate of Manistee High School and Michigan State University. Ken worked professionally for Packaging Corporation of America in Manistee, Dravo Corp. in Pittsburgh, PA, and Scott Paper in Alabama.
A U.S. Army veteran, Ken served in Korea and was discharged from the reserves with the rank of Captain.
Among his numerous civic involvements and volunteer work, he served two terms as president of the Manistee Jaycees, president of the local MSPE professional engineering chapter, president of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Mt. Lebanon, PA, numerous positions with Trinity Lutheran Church in Manistee, and provided his engineering expertise to help design the Arthur Street and River Street Marinas.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Clarence and Alvina Mallison Memorial Scholarship Fund, which Ken and his brother established to assist Bear Lake and Onekama high school seniors entering the teaching profession.
Local funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Johnson Funeral Home of Manistee.