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Floyd Donald Mallison, passed away June 5, 2001.

Born in Akron in 1922, Floyd was the only son of Floyd Delos Mallison and Gertrude May Mills. Floyd graduated from Cuyahoga Falls High School in 1940. During World War II he served in the 1st Battalion 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, serving in central Europe and earning the Good Conduct Medal, American THR Service Medal, EAME THR Service medal with one Bronze Star and the Victory Medal.

After the war, Floyd attended Carnegie Institute of Technology and the University of Akron. He was a member of the "Elks" Wilmington BFOE 797 and a VFW Life Member, Post 1062 of Cuyahoga Falls. Floyd lived in Akron until 1974 when he moved to the Atlanta area. In 1998 he and his wife, Vicki, moved to Midland, Ohio near Wilmington.

Floyd had many careers but spent many years with Empire Wholesale Lumber Co. of Akron. He was an accomplished athlete and singer/actor in high school. Later he played minor league baseball, fast pitch softball and was a "crooner" at a local nightclub. He studied guitar and until his hearing failed him, sang for his wife and whoever would listen. He was a "scratch" golfer at one time and loved and enjoyed the sport for many years. He also shared with Vicki a love for sailing on Lake Lanier in Georgia.

He will be greatly missed by Vicki, his wife of 25 years; his daughter, Deborah (Daniel) Ellebruch of Copley; sons, Floyd, Jeffery (Karen) of Akron, Timothy of Atlanta, Jay (Kelly) of Phoenix and daughter-in-law, Jean of Akron; grandchildren, Jeffery (Heather) Ellebruch of Barberton, Andrew (Heidi) of Cuyahoga Falls, Joe and Katie Ellebruch of Copley, Theodore and David Mallison of Akron and Adam Mallison of Akron; great-grandchildren, Drew, Jacob, Nic and Olivia of Barberton; sister, Marian (Clarence) Case of LaFayette, Ga.; mother-in-law, Grace Garrison of Midland and nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Monday, June 11, 2001 at 11 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 735 N. Revere Rd. J. Martin Jindra officiating. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, Akron/Canton Branch, 1300 Christmas Seal Dr. NW, Canton, Ohio 44709-3398.

(Akron Beacon Journal, Akron, OH, 10 Jun 2001, Page E9 - courtesy of Tedd Cocker)