July 19, 1931 - June
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
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
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
In lieu of flowers, Memorials to St. Luke United Methodist Church or Josie
Harper Hospice House.