Dad always said ‘if you don’t know where you’re going, just enjoy the ride’ and we believe he had quite a ride. First generation American born to Jacob and Mary Malensek (immigrants from Slovenia) in Butte April 25, 1925, passed October 18, 2019. Ed joined the Seabees at age 19 to see the world and served his time during WW II in the Pacific. After his tour he attended Carroll College in Helena, then Gonzaga in Spokane WA where he met his future wife Camille Meechan. They married in 1948. Ed became a Social Worker and with 6 children started another adventure moving the family to Tallahassee Fl to attend the University to get his Masters Degree, 2 years later moved back to MT. Dad and mom enjoyed many travels throughout Montana, Oregon, Canada and Alaska. They also enjoyed outdoor activities including boating, skiing, hunting, camping and hiking.
Ed was preceded in death by his loving wife Camille and his eight older brothers and sisters. Ed is survived by six children, 12 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren: Mike and Barbara Malensek (Julie and Dan Satterfield, sons Ryan and Cyrus; Brian, daughters Berlynn and Sierra); Mary and Gary Poepping (Megan and Justin Brunell , daughter Charlee); Kirk and Melissa Poepping, daughter Olivia, sons Noah and Logan); Mark and Debbe Malensek (Jennifer and Joel Schaefer, son Christopher and daughter Rileigh); Alison Malensek; Becky and Mike Muller (John and Crystal Terry, sons Hunter and Luke; Nick and Sean Muller; Katie LaRoe, son Blaze and daughter Isabelle); Peggy and Shawn Audie (Sarah Rychalski and Ed Tomlinson and son Mac; Kelsey Rychalski); John and Julieanna Malensek.
Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday October 25, 2019 at Montana State Veterans Cemetery. Please visit below to offer the family a condolence or share a memory of Ed.