Robert J. 'Bob' Malina, age 80 passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning, November 4, 2014 at the Brown County Health & Living Community in Nashville. He was a resident of Nashville.
Bob was born October 3, 1934, in Chicago, IL, to the late Joseph and Florence (Gotthard) Malina. He was a 1952 graduate of Foreman High School in Chicago and went on to marry Shirley 'Shirl' (Gerzan) Malina on April 23, 1960 in Lombard, Illinois. She lovingly survives after 56 years together.
Bob retired in 2000 as the owner and operator, alongside Shirl, of the Esprit Antiques Store in Nashville after 24 years of service. Prior to that, he worked for Jewel Grocery in Chicago as a manager from 1950 to 1962 and as a Jewel Man for 12 years till 1976.
Bob is survived by his wife; nephews: Dean Tranter and Wayne Tranter both of Deming, NM and David Barnard of Schiller Park, IL.
He was preceded in death by two sisters: Virginia Barnard and Loraine Tranter.
Bob will be remembered for being a fun loving, easy going man and a free spirit. He enjoyed traveling with his wife to the Great Smokey Mountains in Tennessee and was an avid fan of the Chicago Bears, Bulls and Cubs. Bob enjoyed collecting antiques, Civil War, Abraham Lincoln and sports memorabilia, and anything to do with the Confederate General John Hunt Morgan.
A celebration of Bob's life will be held on Friday, November 7th at 1:00 p.m. at Meredith – Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry Street in Morgantown. Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. until service time on Friday at the funeral home. All are invited following the service on Friday to Kathy's Café in Morgantown for pie and coffee.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested by Shirl to be sent to: Morgantown United Methodist Church "Memorial Fund" PO Box 226 Morgantown, IN 46160, or the Brown County Humane Society, PO Box 746, Nashville, IN 47448, or the Brown County Library, 205 Locust Lane, Nashville, IN 47448 or the America's VetDog's, 371 E. Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, NY 11787.
Expressions of caring and kindness can be made to Shirl at meredith-clark.com.
Information: (812) 597-4670