Tuesday, January 8, 2013

James Lucas Malec, Sr., United States Army Veteran

 Jim Malec, Sr., was killed instantly in a tragic automobile accident on November 17, 2012 near Waco, Texas.

Jim graduated from J.F.K. High School in 1966, joined the United States Army and proudly served his country for two years.

In 1968 he entered the management training program with the F. W. Woolworth Company and remained in management  until their closing in 1997.

Jim moved to Las Vegas where he worked in retail with Dollar Tree and Family Dollar.  In 2005 he and his dear wife, Betty, moved to Sun City Texas where they entered into semi-retirement.   Jim worked for CVS as a manager for seven years.  In his recent retirement, he spent more time with his wife, and his little dog, Teddy.

Jim was a proud father, and always found time to be with his sons from scouting to school activities and hockey.  He loved fishing and enjoyed playing slots at the casino.

An inurnment service was held on November 23 at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Killeen, Texas.  There the family was greeted by a double line of friends sporting flag themed umbrellas, and the Patriot Guard Riders who formed a line of American flags around the committal shelter.

The Catholic Priest performed the grave side rite of committal and led the gathering in final prayers.  The Army Honor detail rendered military honors.  The Army bugler played taps.  The American flag that rested next to the cremains was unfolded, and carefully refolded into a tight triangle, and presented to Jim's wife of 42 years, on behalf of a grateful nation and the United States Army as a token of appreciation for his honorable and faithful service.

The cremains of James Lucas Malec, Sr., were then buried in a special section of the cemetery, as the American flag flew at half-staff, in his honor, at the top of the hill.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, his three sons, three grandchildren and numerous other dear family and friends.

With thanks to the Ramsey Funeral home for biographical information and photo, and to Ceej Foy for additional photographs.

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