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Joseph Michael Malone
Date of Death: June, 10 2021

          Joseph Michael Malone (known to many as “Fluff”), 63, of Hermansville, MI passed away on June 10th, 2021.  He was volunteering at the Senior Center hauling groceries for Meals on Wheels when he suffered a heart attack. He was born in Norway, MI on June 20th, 1957 to Olivio & Cathrine" Margie" (Borkstrom) Malone. 
          Joe grew up hard and moved around a lot as a kid.  He spent his childhood bouncing between Norway, Loretto, Kingsford, Hermansville & many places in-between.  As soon as he was able, he was living on his own working several jobs to cover his expenses; places like D&B distributing & the AMC Company.  As soon as he was able to walk, he had a tool in his hand fixing something.  Joe attended college at Northern Michigan University to study auto mechanics specializing in transmissions.  Following that, he and his future father-in-law (Herman “Butch” Reed) ran a shop together in Kingsford, MI for many years.  He also worked at Lodal, among other places.
          In October of 1988, he was severely injured in a car accident in Loretto near the Sturgeon river.  Narrowly surviving, he rehabbed extensively, and was able to walk again – but this time with the assistance of special work boots.  Not long after the accident, he started bus driving for North Central Schools and worked his way up to Maintenance/Transportation supervisor.  All through his days at North Central he also ran a junk/scrap yard and fixed vehicles as a small business.  He truly loved what he did, and woke up every day with a smile on his face ready to go to work.
          Some of his hobbies included collecting and working on old Chevy trucks, picking up junk all over Menominee, Delta, and Dickinson County, and occasionally floating the sturgeon river (silver mixer cup in hand).  He also had arguably the biggest heart of any man who ever lived.  It didn’t matter what your problem was, if you were in a bind and asked for help, he would drop everything, and come running.  He loved helping people.  He was constantly giving blood to the Red Cross, and donating anything he didn’t need to those that did. It truly is fitting that his heart gave out while performing a service to the community.
          Joe was preceded in death by parents Olivio Malone & Catherine (Margie) Borkstrom, brothers Olivio (Butch) Malone & Billie Malone, and sister Rosalie Malone.
          He is survived by his sons Michael (Victoria), Robert (Krystl), & Matthew (Adele Fuller) Malone.  He is also survived by Grandchildren Kaden, Athena, Zander, Ethan, Ashton, Alastor, & Cedrick.  He is also survived by his ex-wife, Theresa Malone, with whom he enjoyed a 24-year marriage. At the time of his death Joe was in a relationship with Sheila Johnston. He is survived by her, her two sons (Jake and Jarrid) and her granddaughter Kaydin, who was like a granddaughter to Joe.
          A celebration gathering will begin at 12:00 (noon) (CST) on Saturday July 10, 2021 at the William Anderson Sportsmans Club in Hermansville. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. (CST) on Saturday at the club with pastor Dori Carlson officiating. A luncheon will follow.
          The Allo Coolman Funeral Homes are assisting the Malone family.
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  • "Joe was absolutely the most caring and giving person I know. He helped me so many times and in so many ways. Anyone who had the pleasure of being friends with him became a better person for it. He will be greatly missed."
    -Heather Niarhos Faught

  • "im so sorry joe iz in heaven with ned char and tony to many to mention who believed The Scattered Puzzle   Have you ever noticed, that when too many people work on a puzzle all the pieces get too scattered, and no one gets to see the picture. That is how I feel about religion. Everyone reads a book and goes to extreme measures to make everyone thinks that their interpretation is the correct one. and that no other belief iz valid.   If u preach to me from a book, I will not listen. I will not tell you if you are right or wrong, I will simply reply “My God loves me”. What I know cannot be taught it cannot be expressed in words of any language, or spoken by mortal tongue.   It is seen in the shadows of things forgotten. Heard in the whispers of things unspoken. I found a pitch fork buried deep within the chasm of my heartache. A tormented hatred for my own selfish desire. There was a halo in my Easter basket. A heart in my endless well of compassion. A friend who helped me up.   The puzzle has no edges. There’s no borders held within. It’s a picture of four crosses butted up at the base and a fifth cross stands in the middle. Each cross represents a force of nature. Good, evil, order, and chaos each person is the fifth cross. It is up to them to balance these forces in their relationship with their god. It looks just like a ladder holding up a scale. It’s the picture that he showed you, but you only see one side. the fifth cross iz u when u stand in your jesus pose it creates a compass a moral compass    Jesus was crucified on the cross. Next to the beggar and the taxman. They were the people to each of his sides. He held one on each side. When he ascended into heaven.   In order to ascend the ladder he needed to be balanced. Too much weight to either side and the ladder will tip. It is hard to explain you either understand or you don’t. So i will try to put it a different way.   I know that without laws we would be savages, but without savages we would be lawless. So to do my part to provide you with your precious sense of false security. While still trying to find enough pleasure to make life seem enjoyable. I always follow most of the Rules, most of the time.   By:jiziz krizt "
    -jeremy siedlecki

  • "dear, dear Mike, victoria & boys!!thinking & praying for you all, wonderful, loving words in the paper, about your Dad& grand-pa!] You are in my prayers, your friend, gail maxwell"
    -gail Maxwell

  • "I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad, Grampa, Friend. His love and kindness continues on in the hearts of many For those left behind the loss lingers For God has angel in Heaven Whose pain is no more His life is anew, you will meet again. May your memories give comfort As you hold them close. Val Dugree"
    -Valerie Dugree

  • "Mike, Robbie, Matt &families Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Joe was a good friend. Words are never enough sometimes so if we could tell Joe one last thing it would be Thanks for the memories. Cherish your memories they help through the rough times. Love you all "
    -Dave&Patti Hudson

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