The Obit For Wayne Malnack

Wayne Malnack
July 19, 1931 - June 3, 2011

Published in Omaha World-Herald from June 4 to June 7, 2011

Wayne Malnack, Omaha, NE. Died after bravely battling cancer for nine months with a mix of stoicism and flashes of humor as all who knew him would have expected!

Wayne was born in North Omaha of Russian/Moravian immigrants, Joseph Malnack and Rose Pliska. The family was large, consisting of 9 brothers and sisters. The harsh economic times helped Wayne develop a strong work ethic that would prove life-long; that same work ethic, coupled with natural athletic prowess, resulted in an enduring love of sports of all kinds and considerable success in football, basketball, baseball and golf.

Wayne attended North High School Class of 1949 and then entered Omaha University. He served in the Coast Guard from 1951 to 1954. Returning to Omaha University, Wayne played football and was a member of the only undefeated untied team in school history. This team went on to win the 1955 Tangerine Bowl.

After graduation Wayne played for the St. Louis Cardinals' farm team in Peoria. Wayne's baseball career merited induction into the Omaha Old-timers Hall of Fame in 2009.

In 1956 Wayne joined Mutual of Omaha where he worked for 40 years, retiring June 28, 1996. Wayne's outgoing personality guaranteed a steady rise within the company, and by the time he retired, he was manager of the Omaha Group Division.

Wayne and his wife Pat traveled extensively during his years with Mutual and continued to do so after his retirement. A winter home in Phoenix, along with summers in Omaha, allowed year-round golf. Wayne traveled yearly to Florida for a week of golf with old friends and played in various regional tournaments.

A great source of joy and pride was the Laux Invitational (now 50 years in existence) which Wayne started with 11 close friends. For 50 years the Laux weekend was a focal point of Wayne's years, and he delighted in emceeing the event.

As the years passed, Wayne took increasing pleasure in gardening and landscaping, and became something of a Scottie-dog fanatic.

In later years, Wayne and Pat played host to a large roster of grandchildren. Wayne spent many hours attending various youth sporting events (volunteering enthusiastic audible support from the stands) and chauffeuring a carload of small children to the farm, the zoo, and various other entertainments.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, George and Ronnie Malnack; sister, Virginia Obrecht; half brothers Harry, Alex and John.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Pat; children, Joe (Helene), Marne, Beau (Maria); step-children, Kari Wingen (Dave), Melanie Walker (Vic), Chris Warren (Laura); brother, Wes (Susie); sisters, Sylvia Mead Harrison, Penny Vajda; 10 grandchildren; 1 great grandson.

Wayne was an outstanding husband, dutiful father, generous provider and an ever available source of advice. His life was filled with many successes, both personal and professional, but what he valued above all else was friendship. Spending time with friends meant more than anything else to Wayne, and this quality may be his most enduring legacy.

The family will receive friends Tuesday 6-8pm at West Center Chapel. CELEBRATION of LIFE SERVICE Wednesday 11am at St. Luke United Methodist Church, 11810 Burke St.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials to St. Luke United Methodist Church or Josie Harper Hospice House.