Donald Vincent Malainy, age 83, 581 W. Forth St. Mansfield, Ohio passed away on January 15, 2020 at 3:00 pm. He died from kidney failure. Don was born on April 28, 1936 at Cleveland Hospital to Frank and Rose (Rozalia Adamaitus – Adams) Malainy. He graduated from Willoughby Union High School in 1954. Don started his career as a draftsman in Addressograph – Multigraph and attended Fenn College in the evenings for an Engineers degree. As an engineer he worked at various companies like GE, Ohio Match Co, BF Goodrich, and Mansfield Tire. Don married Joyce A Manning on November 25, 1977. In 1979, Don made a career change to follow his passion to become an ordained minister. He graduated from Ashland Theology Seminary in 1982. He was accepted into the Methodist church and served at several churches. In 1990, he started his own church “Christ the King” in Galion Ohio. He and Joyce ran “Christ the King” Church until 1997 when he suffered a brain aneurism. At that point he went into retirement and enjoyed the comfort and care of his loving wife Joyce. Don always had a smile and kind words and people loved to talk to him everywhere he went. He was sincere and truly concerned about making people happy and helping them. He went out of his way to start conversations. He used to wear one of those yellow happy face buttons that he modified himself with a mustache to match his own. At Christmas he would often wear a Santa Clause hat. Don liked to end his visits with a prayer circle of holding hands and a blessing. “May the Lord bless you and keep you. May he shine his face upon you and grant you peace”. Don is survived by his wife Joyce A. Malainy, his son Mark Malainy and spouse Karen, his daughter Joyce L. Malainy and spouse John Wagner, his grandson CPT Vincent Malainy, and his Godson Martin Miller.
A life celebration of Don Malainy is tentatively scheduled for Saturday February 22th 2020 from 2pm to 6 pm at his home at 581 W. Forth St, Mansfield Ohio. All family and friends are invited. Please confirm the location and date with Mark Malainy at 313-415-6095 prior to making the journey.