Michael P. “Mike” Malley, 75, of Streator passed away Thursday, January 3, 2019 at O.S.F. St. James Medical Center in Pontiac.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 A.M. Monday, January 7, 2019 at St. Michael the Archangel Church, Streator. Rev. Fr. Ryan Mattingly will officiate.
Visitation will be from 9-11 A.M. Monday at the Solon-Telford Funeral Home, Streator.
Private family burial will be held at a later date at Valley Memorial Park in Spring Valley.
Born February 15, 1943 in Blue Island he was the son of Michael and Susan (Koch) Malley. He married Barbara Pleasant on July 24, 1992 in Ottawa.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Malley of Streator; daughters, Marla (Wayne) Turner of Waldorf, Maryland and Melanie (Jim) Riordan of Streator; sons, Michael (Janet) Malley of Streator and Daniel Malley of Streator; grandchildren, Dustin Turner, Shelbey Turner, Elizabeth Ruiz, Allie Riordan, Amber Malley, Joshua Malley and Madison Malley; 5 great grandchildren; a sister, Mary (Edward) Lee of Litchfield; a brother, Peter (Chris) Malley of Springfield, Missouri; and his mother and father in law, Larry and Eileen Gerlach of Dalzell.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He attended St. Anthony Grade School and graduated from Streator High School in the class of 1962. Later in life Mike returned to Illinois Valley Community College where he earned his Associates Degree in Criminal Justice. He then earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology from Illinois State University.
He worked for Thatcher’s Glass Company for nearly 30 years. He later worked for the LaSalle County Detention home where he was known by the kids as “Mafia Mike”. He helped a lot of kids at the home in his 8 years as a counselor.
He was a golden glove boxer and on the swim team in High School. He also enjoyed bowling and bowled in several different leagues throughout the years. He loved football especially watching the Chicago Bears, Notre Dame and Wisconsin.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and “Pops” to his children and grandchildren. He will be sadly missed by his family.
Memorials may be directed to the Adopt a student program at St. Michael’s School.
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