Ralph Guy Maledy
Ralph Guy Maledy of Columbia died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at Truman Veterans Hospital. He was 86.
Mr. Maledy was born Aug. 9, 1924, in St. Louis to John Guy and Emma Elizabeth (Stephens) Maledy. He married Marciele Mueller on June 24, 1949.
Mr. Maledy received a Purple Heart for injuries he received in combat while serving with the Army in Europe during World War II. Mr. Maledy served in France with the 80th Infantry Division in the 1st and 3rd armies. After his military service, Mr. Maledy joined his father-in-law’s business, H.R. Mueller Florist, and became president. He retired in 1981.
Mr. Maledy was one of the first chairmen of the Columbia Housing Authority and served as Columbia’s Third Ward city councilman from 1967 to 1971. He was a past president of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce and served on the board of directors of First National Bank.
In May 2009, Mr. Maledy went to Washington, D.C., as an honored veteran with the Central Missouri Honor Flight.
Mr. Maledy is survived by his wife; two sons, Steve Maledy and his wife, Michele, and Scott Maledy and his wife, Teresa, all of Columbia; a daughter, Susan Tapia and her husband, Lonnie, of Columbia; seven grandchildren, Jesse Tapia, Niko Tapia, Grant Maledy, Grace Maledy, Mike Rouse, Troy Rouse and Tiffany Rouse; an aunt, Irene Day; two nieces, Cora Breezley and Michelle Griffits; and several cousins.
A brother, John Maledy, died earlier.
Visitation will be at noon Thursday at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth St. Services will be held at 1 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions can be made to Central Missouri Honor Flight, 1400 Forum Blvd., Suite 38, Box 334, Columbia, MO 65203.
Online condolences can be left at parkerfuneralservice.com.