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Obituaries > MALONEY, MARCEL A.

Marcel (Mal) Maloney died at his home in Cle Elum on March 27, 2006. Dad was born in Montana, Wisconsin to Archie Ernest Maloney and Mary Karash on June 7, 1925. Dad moved to the Easton area in the 1930s and lived and worked in a logging camp. His family then moved to the Portland, OR area where he enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1942. Mal was a Marine Raider (a fast, hard-hitting assault unit that made surprise landings from submarines, destroyers, air transport, or regular Navy transports, making lightly-equipped amphibious hit and run raids). He fought in WWII in the Pacific Theater at Tulagi Island, Guadalcanal, New Georgia, Guam and Iwo Jima. After the war in the Pacific, he had a tour in China. While stationed in Bremerton, WA he met and married his wife of 56 years Harriet (Williams) Maloney in 1949. Dad next went to Korea to the Pusan Perimeter, Inchon-Seoul, and the Chosin Reservoir. After returning to the states he was a drill instructor and a rifle range instructor for the Marine Corps. He was stationed at the following bases: NAD Bremerton, WA; Bangor, WA; Camp Wesley Harris Rifle Range Bremerton, WA; Treasure Island, CA; Alameda, CA; San Diego, CA and Cherry Point, NC. Dad retired from the Marines in 1961, as a Gunnery Sergeant with over 20 medals and service ribbons. The family moved to East Wenatchee in 1962, and bought an orchard off Nile Street. He worked for RCA in Alaska for a while then returned to East Wenatchee to work the family orchard and Century TV in the 1960s. In the 1970s, Mal and Harriet started at Wenatchee Appliance and after selling the orchard in 1978, they bought the business. Dad and Mom owned and worked at the appliance store until 1995, when they retired to Cle Elum where they had bought property and built their own house in the late 80s and early 90s. Marcel is preceded in death by his parents; a brother; a sister; and a son, Marcel. He is survived by his wife, Harriet; a brother; his daughter, Sandra and Jerry Martindale of Orondo; son, William (Bill) Maloney of Cle Elum; daughter, Maurya and Mike Broadsword of Cle Elum; and son, Dennis and Timi Maloney of Cle Elum. There are six grandchildren; Marchel and husband, Dave Allenbaugh Jr. of Cle Elum, Hank Avena and wife Abril of Orondo, Mark Avena and wife Tanya of Snohomish and Reese, Madeline, and Malaki Maloney of Cle Elum. There are 8 great-grandchildren; Matthew and Marshall Allenbaugh of Cle Elum, Bradley Bifelt of AK, Hank Avena Jr. of Orondo, Maria Avena in Alabama, and Taryn, Sayer, and Jadyn Avena of Snohomish. There are 2 great-great-grandchildren. A gathering will occur at the family home to honor the life and memory of Marcel Maloney. Donations can be made to the United States Marines Toys for Tots.