The Mass of Christian Burial for Eugene Patrick Malone of Bluegrass was celebrated at 10:30a.m. on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at St. Hubert's Catholic Church in Bluegrass, with Father Arlie Sowada as celebrant. Eugene passed away on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at the St. Cloud Hospital. He was 74 years old.
Eugene was born to Patrick and Magdalena (Tabery) Malone on July 30, 1939 in the house where he later raised his family in Rockwood Township, Wadena County, MN. He attended District 18 country school until the 8th grade, then graduated from Sebeka Public High School in 1957. He entered the National Guard in 1962 and was honorably discharged in 1968. After graduating from High School he farmed with his brother Paul milking dairy cows and raising crops.
Eugene was united in marriage with Eileen Snyder on September 2, 1968 at St. Anns Catholic Church in Wadena, MN and had three sons Bryan, Jason and Steven. He retired from milking cows in 2002. He could not think of another profession that interested him since farming is what he loved. After his retirement he worked for Whitetail Run Golf Club mowing grass for 9 years. During his life he also served on the Prairie Pine Mutual Insurance Board for over 40 years. For hobbies he enjoyed gardening, yard work and helping Steve on the farm.
When he had the opportunity, he would go fishing or hunting depending on the season. Keeping track of the weather was another of his hobbies. He was a member of St. Huberts Catholic Church all his life, a member of the Holy Name Society where he served as treasurer, Knight of Columbus St. Josephs Society, Vice President.
Eugene was preceded in death by his parents Patrick and Lena; brothers Richard (infant), Maurice, John and Joe; and sister Lorraine Goeden.
Eugene is survived by his wife Eileen; sons Bryan (Angela) of Thief River Falls, Jason of Pine City and Steven (Jaime) of Wadena; grandchildren Katarina, Eleanor, Avery, Emma, Coleen, Mitchel and Cole; brothers Paul (Vera), Thomas (Evelyn) and Martin; sisters Patricia (Lee) Kicker, Joan (Steve) Vokurka of Littleton, CO and Eileen Johnson of Wasilla, AK.
Honorary pallbearers were Eugene and Eileens Godchildren Charlotte (Malone) Merchlewicz, Laura (Snyder) Uselman, Joyce (Huebsch) Bauer, Joyce Macho, Beverly Malone, Josie (Snyder) Fix, Paul Johnson and David Malone.
Serving as pallbearers were Bill Malone, John Malone, Dan Malone, Ron Malone, Clint Snyder, Larry Malone, Kevin Goeden and Matt Huebsch.
Military honors were provided by the Berg-Nylund Post 456, American Legion, Sebeka, MN.
Burial was in St. Huberts Catholic Cemetery in Bluegrass, MN.
Arrangements were with the Johnson-Schuller Chapel in Wadena, MN. (www.SchullerFamilyFH.com)