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Louis A. Malarkey, 87, of Parker died at 9:55 a.m. Tuesday at the VNA Inpatient Hospice in Butler following a lengthy battle with Parkinson's disease.

Born Aug. 2, 1923, in Parker, he was the son of John and Anne (Rushe) Malarkey. A graduate of the former Parker High School, he was a retired machinist in the mold-making department of the Knox Glass Corp. in Parker and at Owens-Illinois in Clarion.

A World War II veteran, Lou was a member of the 508th Parachute Infantry of the 82nd Airborne Division. He jumped into Normandy, France, before dawn on D-Day, June 6, 1944, near the occupied town of Ste. Mere Eglise. Captured by a German several days later, he was sent to a prisoner-of-war camp east of Berlin and was there until liberated by Russian troops early the following year.

Lou was a member of the former St. Mary Roman Catholic Church in Parker, where he served on the church council and was one of the first lay lectors in the parish following the Second Vatican Council.

An accomplished woodworker, he built several altars and other items for the church sanctuary. More recently, he was a member of the St. Paul Roman Catholic Church in Butler.

Lou was preceded in death by his wife, Audene (Hogan) Malarkey, who he married April 25, 1945, and who died July 16, 2008. He is survived by two sons, Dave Malarkey of Butler and Tom Malarkey of West Sunbury; two daughters, Faith Hepler of Worthington and Christine DeLucca of Slippery Rock; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by two infant daughters, Mary Anne and Mary Beth; two brothers, John and Gene; and one sister, Rita. Lou, five when his mother died, also was preceded in death by two loving aunts, Margaret "Peg" Rushe and Amelia (Mrs. Frank) Marron, who raised the three young brothers following the death of their mother.


MALARKEY - Calling hours for Louis A. Malarkey, who died Tuesday, March 22, 2011, will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the H. Jack Buzard Funeral Home, Parker. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at the St. Paul Roman Catholic Church in Butler with the Rev. Steven V. Neff and the Rev. Matthew McClain officiating. Family and friends are to meet at the church. Private burial will be at the Parker Presbyterian Cemetery. Members of the St. Paul Catholic Women and Christian Mothers will meet at 9:35 a.m. Thursday at the church to recite the rosary. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Parker Personal Care Home.

Pennsylvania WWII Veterans Bonus Application submitted Louis A. Malarkey.

Louis enlisted at Pittsburgh, PA on 17 October 1942.

On 21 October 1942 Pvt Malarkey was transferred from the Reception Center, Fort George G, Meade, MD to Company C, 508th PIR.

On 7 August 1943, Pfc Malarkey was promoted to Corporal and three weeks later was appointed to Sergeant on 30 August.

Sgt Malarkey was reported as missing in action on 6 June 1944 and laer determined to be a prisoner of war.

In 1945 he appears as "Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated from unnamed camp."

His military decorations include the Bronze Service Arrowhead device awarded for participation in Normandy assault.