William (Bill) Maloney
William (Bill) Maloney, age 86 of Cassville, Missouri, passed away Saturday, October 21, 2017, at Circle of Life Legacy Village in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Bill attended Garfield High School where he excelled in both basketball and academics. He attended college in Springfield where he studied Business and Accounting; all the while he continued to play basketball, at one time on two different teams. It only became a problem when the teams were scheduled to play against one another. Bill joined the U.S. Naval Reserves for a year before enlisting in the United States Air Force. He proudly served in the Air Force for over 27 years, and in that time was stationed at bases in Texas, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Japan, and Alaska. Bill Maloney was justifiably proud of his service to his country, receiving numerous commendations, citations and awards for his exemplary service. He rose rapidly through the ranks of the Air Force always being promoted as soon as he was eligible. When he became a Chief Master Sergeant, he received a special award for being the first to rise to that rank in so short a period of time.
He started a snowmobile club on Elmendorf AFB in Alaska. As President of the club, he looked for chances to serve the community while having a great time with friends. The group found an amazing chance to perform community service by acting as road and trail crossing guards for the famous Iditarod Sled Dog race. After his military career, Bill Maloney relocated to Cassville, Missouri. He took a week off, not shaving and enjoying a life of leisure, then quickly decided that it wasn’t for him. He shaved and immediately went back to work. For several years he could be seen delivering mail around rural Barry County. In addition, he worked for years as a Real Estate Broker and Appraiser in Cassville. An excellent shot, Bill enjoyed hunting adventures with his friends in Alaska, hunting moose and caribou, one time bagging a moose right in camp after his hunting buddies had given up and gone home. He particularly looked forward to hunting trips to Colorado with his brothers, and while he didn’t usually return with anything from those, we always suspected he just enjoyed being in nature and enjoying their company.
Bill Maloney will be remembered as a kind and generous man, who was always quick to greet friends and strangers alike. He was always there for friends and family. He hid the fact he was also a softie for animals from us until moving to Cassville where he readily took in many stray cats and dogs over the years. His big turkey would often be seen strolling behind him in the yard. He especially loved his many grandchildren and great grandchildren, and in recent years, “his girls” always brought a grin to his face and joy to his heart. Bill Maloney was a truly good man who will be sorely missed.
Surviving are three daughters, Teresa Boston and her husband Clark of Willow, Alaska, and of South Dakota, Nancy Riley and her husband Terry of Hallsville, Missouri and Sara Maloney of Cassville, Missouri; one son, William T. Maloney of Las Vegas, Nevada; one brother, Hugh Maloney of Seligman, Missouri; three sisters, Dorothy Shepard of Cadet, Missouri, Mildred Hicks of Pea Ridge, Arkansas and Mary Jane Adkins and her husband Mitchell of Mountain Home, Arkansas, and his beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Lafe and Liza Maloney; his wife, Virginia (Moon) Maloney; one daughter, Becky Lawson and seven brothers, Wayne Maloney, James Floyd Maloney, Franklin D. “Pat” Maloney, J.L. Maloney, John Maloney, Mike Maloney and Lawrence Maloney.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 26, 2017, at Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville. Burial with military honors will be at Reddick Cemetery in Garfield, Arkansas.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. Wednesday at Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville.
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