Ronald D. Malott, 92, North Manchester, died at 6:15 a.m. on April 21,at Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester. He was born near Somerset on March 15, 1922 to Gail and Mildred (Phillips) Mallot.
Ronald was a classroom teacher, high school coach, high school principal, junior high school principal and an elementary school principal, having held positions at Talma High School, Walnut Township School, Marshall County and Beaver Dam High School, retiring after 22 years at Manchester Community Schools. He was a 1940 graduate of Somerset High School, and a 1947 graduate of Manchester College. He earned his Master’s degree from Indiana University in 1950. In 1983, he founded Cardinal Trophy Shop, which he operated for several years. In 1987, he was elected to the Oaklawn Cemetery Board of Directors and in 2011 became an honorary member. He was a member of Gideon’s International, North Manchester Optimist Club, served as a board member and board president of the Big Brothers of Wabash County and in 1975, received the Big Brother of the Year award. He coached the Indiana Lawrence Bank Little League team for 20 years, was a 4-H leader for Beaver Dam 4-H Cub, member and past president of the Wabash County TB Board. He was a life member of the National Education Association, Phi Delta Kappa and the Indiana Association of Elementary School Principals. He was Fifth District Principal of the Year in 1978 and he was a lifelong fan of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team. He first married Loa Leininger on May 15, 1948. She died Feb. 11, 1987. He later married Esther Clark on Feb. 14, 1988; she survives.
He is also survived by his son, Timothy (Emelyn) Malott, San Diego, Calif.; a daughter, Mary (Dan) Bertke, Fulda; a stepson, Kim (Margie) Clark, Indianapolis; two sisters, Joan Keefer, Elwood, and Betty Brinegar, Fithian; a step-sister, Sharon Miltenberger; four grandchildren; two step grandchildren; four great-granchildren and three great, step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Stanley Malott, and a half brother.
Funeral services will be held April 25 at 10 a.m. at the North Manchester United Methodist Church, 306 E. Second St., North Manchester, with Rev. Phil Lake, Pastor J.P. Freeman and Rev. Sue Babovec officiating. Visitation will be held April 24 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, North Manchester. Burial will follow the service in Oaklawn Cemetery.