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Michael Kent Maloney

November 14, 1947 — September 27, 2022

Detroit Lakes

Michael Kent Maloney

Michael Kent Maloney, 74 years young, unexpectedly passed away outside of his Lake Sallie home on September 27th, 2022. “Mike” was born November 14th, 1947 in Hennepin County Minnesota. He moved to Detroit Lakes, and attended a country school in Lakeview Township.

A the age of 12 he attended Washington Elementary where he met his lifelong partner, his Queen, Ilene, to whom he married in 1966. Together they raised three children, Elizabeth, Patrick, and Brian. The family spent most of their early years on Willow Street in Detroit Lakes. Mike and Ilene moved their family to McDonough beach on Lake Sallie, to a plot of land that was homesteaded and farmed by his grandfather. Mike embodied every aspect of a Shoreham local by raising a toast with friends at Hotel Shoreham, playing copious rounds of golf at Detroit Country Club and Saturday morning beer golf on the “Short Side”, where he would offer up six foot “gimme” putts. In addition to being a fixture on the course, he enthusiastically participated in the Lake Sallie 4th of July Boat parade and Jaycees Water Carnival Sand Sculpture contest. His fine talent for illustration paired with his artistic vision positively impacted the community. His caricatures of friend’s milestone birthdays were legendary.

After 43 years of service with Snappy/Standex (where he went from bending metal on the shop floor to being the VP of Sales), he retired to Lake Sallie and Venice, Florida. Aside from his devotion to his career, his family and friends were his true passion. His ability to light up a room, tell story after story (maybe a few repeats), and make everyone feel welcome by assigning them a heartfelt nickname or sharing a massive hug were his greatest traits. He will be greatly missed by all of those he touched.

Michael is survived by: His wife Ilene, daughter Elizabeth (Todd), sons Patrick (Kristie), and Brian. His grandchildren, Lindsey, Micah, and Connor. Six siblings, Chris, Kathy, Brian, Ann, Kevin, Dan, and many nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: Parents Jack and Lois Maloney, and infant daughter Annete.

Ilene requests that monetary contributions go to:

Becker County Parks and Rec-Tram Repair Fund

915 Lake Ave

Detroit Lakes,MN 56501

 

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