Donald Lewis Malernee

January 15, 1926 ~ April 24, 2021 (age 95)


Donald Lewis Malernee, 95, of Byesville passed away Saturday (April 24, 2021) at his home.

He was born January 15, 1926 in Cambridge, son of the late Edward and Edna (Davis) Malernee.

Don was employed with E.G. Smith, O.B. Scott Hardware and Moore Bros. Hardware.  He was a 1944 graduate of Byesville High School, a medic in the Army during WWII and a member of Calvary Baptist Church where he and wife Jo were very active as Sunday school teachers, and held many other positions throughout the years. He also attended Bible Baptist Church in Byesville.

He was an avid fisherman and loved spending time with his family. He also enjoyed watching the Ohio State Buckeyes, Cincinnati Bengals and Meadowbrook Colts football.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of sixty six years, Lawatta “Jo” (Callahan) Malernee whom he married December 8, 1951 and passed away May 24, 2018; survivors include two sons, William (Theresa) Malernee and Edward (Sue Ann) Malernee both of Byesville; three daughters, Christine Johnson of Cambridge, Cynthia (Tom) Groznik of Myrtle Beach, SC and Carol Snode of Hampton, VA; eleven grandchildren, Travis (Somer) Johnson, Aaron Johnson, Willum (Destiny) Malernee, Bitsi (Mickey) Gourley, Brad (Andrea) Groznik, Nathan Malernee, Nick Malernee, Nathasha Snode, Ashley Snode, Bill (Mary) Slaughter and Megan (Chris) Sheppard; twenty six great grandchildren, Harper, Ledger, Jessica, Leah, Natalie, Sterling, Dove, Conner, Braelyn, Tanner, Taniah, James Jr., Jaylene, Shantel, Chanel, Denver, Quinton, Brody, Haiden, Colton, Liam, Olivia, Lyndsie and Chaz, Ka’Liegha and Octavya; several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Thursday at Black-Epperson Funeral Home, Byesville where services will follow at 1:00 p.m.

Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.  Military honors will be conducted by the Guernsey County Veterans Council.

Memorial donations  may be sent to Hospice of Guernsey, P.O. Box 1165, Cambridge, Ohio  43725.

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April 29, 2021

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Black-Epperson Funeral Home
231 E Main Ave. P.O. Box 55
Byesville, OH 43723

Funeral Service
April 29, 2021

1:00 PM
P.M. Burial (Greenwood Cemetery)

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