A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 28, at St. Michael Catholic Church in Junction City. Burial will be in St. Michael’s Parish Cemetery with military funeral honors.
Visitation will be at Martens/Rembs Funeral Home in Junction City from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, and at the church from 10 a.m. Wednesday until the Mass. There will be a 7 p.m. rosary service Tuesday led by the Rev. Lyle Schulte and the Knights of Columbus Council 4646 of Junction City at the funeral home.
Condolences may be offered online at www.rembsfh.com.
Mr. Mallek was born Jan. 31, 1918, in the town of Eau Pleine in Portage County, a son of the late Joseph and Francis (Bobrowski) Mallek.
He was married to Angeline M. “Nell” Zarecki Jan. 25, 1941, at St. Michael Catholic Church in Junction City. She died June 15, 2010, after celebrating 69-1/2 years of marriage.
He left his job with the Soo Line Railroad and entered the U.S. Army Dec. 29, 1942, during World War II. He was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre, including Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal, Saipan, New Guinea, among other Pacific Islands, and Okinawa.
He served in the 302nd Engineer Battalion as a technical sergeant and mechanic foreman, working with heavy equipment and trucks. He was on the Japanese Island of Okita when the atomic bomb was dropped on Japan. On his way back to the United States, his boat was almost sunk.
He was involved in custom farming for other farmers in Portage and Wood counties and was one of the first farmers to have the latest machinery. He developed special farming skills, such as testing his own milk for quality and quantity, welding classes to repair or rebuild his machinery and had a rapport with area machinery dealers and other farmers.
He practiced leading-edge technologies, such as transitioning from threshing machines and horses, hand-milked cows and milk cans; to self-propelled combines, automated milking systems, slurry manure system, as well as other modern farm equipment and crop variety genetics. In his early days of farming, he also managed a gas route for Dairyman’s Coop in Junction City.
He was a lifetime member of St. Michael Parish, where he served as an usher and belonged to the Holy Name Society. He was a charter and honorary member of Knights of Columbus Council 4646 and also a member of the American Legion Post 6.
Survivors include two sons, Edward and Peter (Betty), Junction City; one daughter, Mary Ann (George) Berken; two brothers, Aloysius (Venard) and Joseph (Sharon); three sisters, Martha Mancl, Josephine (Donald) Martens and Rosemarie Kawlewski; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Victor and Adam who both died in infancy, and Benedict; one sister, Celia Ciaglo; and twin grandsons.