Thursday, January 5, 2012
Thomas O. Malmer - Sun City Center FL
Thomas O. Malmer, 82, died Wednesday (Sept. 23, 1998) at his home in Sun City Center, Fla., after an extended illness. He was a prominent Kankakee County businessman for over 40 years.
Founding Malmer Insurance in 1936, Mr. Malmer saw his firm grow through the Depression, survive his service in the U.S. Army during World War II with the help of his wife and expand into one of the leading agencies in the county.
During the depression, Mr. Malmer was one of the select group of agents capable of continuing to produce at least one application a day. He also put together a successful merger of agencies into Malmer, Andrews, Green and Ferris Inc. Before his retirement his sons, J. Mike and Tom L. Malmer, as well as his daughter-in-law Mary Lou Malmer, and his granddaughter, Beth Mineau, joined the firm.
Cremation rites have been accorded in Sun City Center. The family has observed private memorial services.
He was born Nov. 13, 1915 in Chicago, the son of William G. and Agnes Cook Malmer.
Surviving are his wife, the former Blanche Lane, whom he married in Kankakee on March 22, 1936; a son and two daughters-in-law, Thomas L. and Janice D. Malmer and Mary Lou Malmer, all of Kankakee; a daughter and son-in-law, Ann E. and George Fleischli of Madison, Wis.; a sister, Sarah Corinne Ebeling of Carbondale; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews and their children.
His son, James Michael Malmer, a brother, William G. Malmer Jr. and a brother-in-law, Bernhardt Ebeling, are deceased.
Mr. Malmer was a supporter of youth programs, especially those impacting inner city youth.
He also was an Eagle Scout and credited the Boy Scouts of America with helping him develop good principles and leadership ability. Mr. Malmer helped found old Troop 9 (later Troop 90) at Central Christian Church on Oak Street in Kankakee.
Mr. Malmer also liked to golf and achieved a hole-in-one three times.
Memorials may be made through the family for Democracy Unlimited, the Kankakee Community Resource Center Youth Program, or to the charity of the donor's choice.
Mr. Malmer was a graduate of Kankakee High School, had attended Knox College.
Source: The Small Newspaper Group - September 24, 1998
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