Kenneth Wayne Maly, Jr.
(1968 - 2009)

Kenneth Wayne Maly Jr.

February 15, 1968

May 19, 2009

Aquatic life, gardening, home improvement and landscaping, fishing, biking and reading. Ken also loved the outdoors and enjoyed long trail walks and hiking.

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An abridged version of Ken's obituary, which appeared in the Quad City Times on May 24, 2009, is included in the "Stories" section.

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Kenny was on my mind tonight and I just happen to have run across this site. Thank you for your kindness in keeping this memorial alive.
Mark Maly (Cousin)
December 28th, 2013
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free,
I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call,
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way.
I found that peace at the close of day.

If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I've savored much,
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief,
Life up your heart and share with me,
God wanted me now; He set me free.
Unknown Author (soulmate)
November 20th, 2009
Ken was born on February 15, 1968 in Skokie, Illinois. In his early years he participated in Boy Scouts, and rose to the rank of Eagle Scout, which was one of his most prized achievements. In junior high and high school he participated in baseball and track. He also excelled in music playing the clarinet and saxophone in the marching bands, swing bands and orchestra through college.

Ken graduated from Davenport Central High School in 1986 and graduated from St. Ambrose University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing. Throughout his career, he held numerous sales and marketing positions within the Quad Cities area. He was brilliant with marketing ideas and was recognized by local businesses for his outstanding sales achievements. Ken was equally brilliant with home construction, landscaping and basement waterproofing projects. Having an interest in becoming self-employed, he was also active in real estate purchases and rental properties. His most recent employment was with the Rock Island Arsenal at the Joint Manufacturing Technology Center.

Ken's hobbies and interests included: aquatic life, gardening, home improvement and landscaping, fishing, biking and reading. Ken loved the outdoors and enjoyed long trail walks and hiking, all of which he shared with his beloved children and fiancé.

Ken was outgoing, generous and had a wonderful sense of humor. He had a heart of gold and made every attempt to honor and serve his loved ones before himself. He was dearly loved and respected by his family, fiancé and friends.
Quad City Times (news release)
September 30th, 2009
Ready or not, someday it will all come to an end.
There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.

All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else. Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.

It will not matter what you owned, or what you were owed.
Your grudges, resentments, frustrations, and jealousies will finally disappear (Thank God!)

So, too, your hopes, ambitions, plans, and to-do lists will expire.
The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away (maybe golf or tennis matches?)

It won't matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant.
Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.

So what will matter? How will the values of your days be measured?

What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built;
not what you got, but what you gave.

What will matter is not your success, but your significance.
What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught.

What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.

What will matter is not your competence, but your character.
What will matter is not how many people you knew, but the memories that live in those who loved you.

What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.

Living a life that matters doesn't happen by accident.
It's not a matter of circumstances but of choice.

Choose to live a life that matters.

Ken, your life mattered!
Rest in Peace, dear soul. You will always be loved.
Unknown Author (friend)
September 30th, 2009
God looked around his Garden and found an empty place.
He then looked down upon his earth and saw Ken's loving face.

He put his arms around Ken and lifted him to rest.
His Garden must be beautiful, he always takes the best.

He knew that Ken was suffering; he knew he was in pain.
And knew that Ken would not be well, on this earth again.

He saw Ken’s path was difficult, he closed Ken’s tired eyes,
He whispered to him "Peace be Thine" and gave him wings to fly.

Ken left us precious memories, his love will be our guide,
He lives on through his children, and he’s always by our side.

It broke our hearts to lose him, but he did not go alone.
For part of us went with him on the day God called Ken home.
Valerie Johnson (Fiancee)
September 24th, 2009
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"I cannot express into words the deepest sympathies that I have for Ken's family, fiance and friends. Again, you are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time."
Tracy Padavich Bergthold
December 26th, 2009
"In this difficult time, know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family."
Bob Igoe Gartke
December 26th, 2009
"My thoughts and prayers are with all of you and I hope you'll find evey day a little easier to cope with this tragedy."
Marsha Fischer
December 26th, 2009
"Our hearts and thoughts are with you at this time."
Mark Proctor
December 26th, 2009
"I have great memories of playing with Ken as a young classmate at Eisenhower, going through Boy Scouts together, as well as band at Sudlow and Central High School. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time."
Mark Manuel
December 26th, 2009
"There's so little one can say at a time like this. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time."
Nancy Martens Williams
December 26th, 2009


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