Obituary for Robert J 'Bob' Malina

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Robert J 'Bob' Malina

October 3, 1934 - November 4, 2014

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

Information: (812) 597-4670


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Born: October 3, 1934
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David & Joyce Johnson posted on 1/1/00

Our thoughts & prayers are with you Shirl... Bob was such a wonderful and generous man. He would always greet you with a big warm loving smile, the type of smile that reached his eyes... Shirl, you and Bob were great friends to my parents, and they loved you both. You and I will meet again when we are least expecting it. One day in some far off place...I will recognize your face, I won''t say goodbye my friend for you and I will meet again Our love, Dave & Joyce Johnson


Barbara Silvestri posted on 1/1/00

Shirl dear, I send my deepest condolences to you on the loss of your beloved Bob. Whenever I had the pleasure of seeing him, he always greeted me with warmth, a big smile and a big hug. I thought many times what a lovely couple you were. You were "quick on the draw" while Bob preferred to "hang back" and reflect. You complemented each other perfectly. I pray that warm memories will sustain you during this time of grief. Lots of love, Barbara


Trudie (Kerstowske) Davidson posted on 1/1/00

Shirl, I was deeply sorry to learn of Bob's passing. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Love and blessings, Trudie


Michelle Burris posted on 1/1/00

What a wonderful man and beautiful couple. You both were my envy and inspiration to achieve such a special relationship. As I taught you during our visits, you taught me so much more. He will be dearly missed. Thoughts and prayers now and always.