Wayne Vernon Malarchick

Thursday, April 1, 2021
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Wayne Malarchick, age 93, of Glendive, passed away on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 peacefully at the Eastern Montana Veteran’s Home.

Funeral services will be private. Interment will be with military honors at the Dawson County Cemetery. Silha Funeral Home of Glendive has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Wayne was born Jan. 10, 1928 in Stevens Point, Wis. to Steven and Goldie Malarchick. He lived in “Point” when he was a young boy, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. Two fond memories he once shared was riding his bike and using an antler sling shot with acorns ammunition. Around the age of 16 his family moved to Medora, N.D. At 17 he fibbed a little on his age and enlisted in the United States Navy in 1946. Wayne was a proud member of the military, hanging pictures on the walls and sharing stories with anyone who was interested. Wayne attained the rank of Seaman First Class, and served aboard the USS PCE-868 during operation Crossroads, the first series of nuclear weapons testing conducted over Bikini Atoll, in the South Pacific. He loved his country and freedom he fought for. He was especially proud of being a survivor of an atomic bomb test and the length of time he protected his country. He was an active member of the National Association of Atomic Veterans.

Wayne had a keen sense of humor - some would say quirky - his focus on laughing even if others “weren’t quite sure what they were laughing at” made others laugh even more. Following his discharge from the Navy his sense of humor carried him through life. He once acknowledged the ups and downs, good and bad times but overall, he stated, “I tried not to take things too seriously.” He shared once that “he couldn’t find a money tree” as he called it so he learned the trade of drywall finishing from his uncle in Dickinson, N.D. This is where he met and married Barbara (Kuntz). They moved to Glendive where they had eight children: Victor, Earl, Betty, Dana, Leo, Darlene, Todd and Mary.

Wayne worked at Lincoln Elementary School as a custodian for 35 years, retiring at the age of 62. This career brought him many joyful moments. He was proud of his school. He had many side jobs throughout the years where he utilized his drywall finishing skills, this included painting numerous houses, businesses and a few churches. Painting the old GTA Elevator was a point of pride for Wayne. Wayne enjoyed retirement and all the socializing that came with it. He went to the Senior Citizen Center often and was known for being a “social butterfly.” When asked once what his favorite kind of pie was, he said he loved lemon meringue but would eat blueberry, strawberry, cranberry and horseradish! Always making a joke.

Wayne enjoyed being outside. He has always gardened, gone hunting and fishing throughout life. Early on this was out of necessity and later for enjoyment with his children and grandchildren. He had a green thumb and could make anything grow, especially morning glories, holly hocks and moon flowers. Wayne enjoyed music and played his guitar throughout life.

Later in life he married Maggie (Groll). He met her while painting and they enjoyed each other’s company. This union brought many wonderful memories. Wayne was very devoted to Maggie and always made sure she was taken care of.

Wayne is survived by one sister, Janet Fuger; six children, Victor (Teri) Malarchick of Miles City, Dr. Earl (Gloria) Malarchick of Vista, Calif., Betty Malarchick of Ronan, Mont., Dana (John) Cullinan of Glendive, Leo Malarchick of Glendive, Darlene (Wes) Sutton of Park City, Mont., and Todd (Andee) of Sidney; seven grandchildren, Isabel (Mike) Wiley, Josue Graciano, Johnny (Stephanie) Cullinan, Jessie (JD) McDanold, Cody (Molley) Sutton, Levi (Nicole) Sutton, Jordan (Courtney) Malarchick, and Austin (Emily) Malarchick; and seven great-grandchildren with two more on the way!

He was preceded in death by his parents, Steven and Goldie Malarchick; his first wife and mother of his children, Barbara, and their daughter Mary, who passed away together in 1972; his second wife, Maggie; brothers, Ervin and Roman; and sister, Ramona.

Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at: www.silhafunernalhomes.com.

In lieu of flowers or memorial gifts, any financial contributions may be made to a Veterans organization or a charity of your choice.