Roland E. Malicoat

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Roland E. Malicoat, 88, Kokomo, died Tuesday evening, June 22, 2010 at his home.

He was born Sept. 24, 1921, in Alexandria, the son of Samuel A. and June E. (Armstrong) Malicoat.

He married Geraldine "Jerry" F. Hicks on Dec. 22, 1942, in Kokomo, and she survives.

He attended Kokomo High School and graduated from West Middleton High School in 1939. He graduated from Purdue University in December 1942 with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering.

He was the manager of plant engineering and maintenance at Haynes-Stellite for 31 years. He was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1945, serving in the 693rd Field Artillery Battalion, 3rd Army in the European Theater of Operations from Feb. 12, 1944, to July 10, 1944, the campaigns of Normandy, North France, the Rhine Land and Central Europe. He served under General Patton. He received a Purple Heart, Air Medal with five oak leaf clusters, European-African Medal and Middle Eastern Service Medal. Following his discharge he served in the Army Reserves.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Kokomo, Howard Masonic Lodge F and AM 93, Military Order Purple Heart, Quarter Century Club, Purdue Alumni Association and was a captain in the Purdue Artillery Reserves.

In addition to his wife, Geraldine "Jerry" Malicoat, he is survived by two daughters, Sherry Laird and husband Charles, Hiram, Ga., and Susan Tarkington and husband Bill, Kokomo; six grandchildren, Jeff Jackson and wife Chrissy, Kernersville, N.C., Susan Kile and husband Scott, Canton, Ga., Jan Conklin and husband Ed, Woodstock, Ga., Kathy McKee and husband Nathan, Galveston, Vicki Schlotter and husband Robert, Walton, and Karen Ellis and husband Matt, Indianapolis; seven great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Taylor and Hannah Jackson, Natalie and Noah Kile, and Mia and Benjamin Conklin; four step-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Arleta Moon; and niece, Lisa Duncan.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Masonic service is 3 p.m. Saturday, June 26, 2010, at Shirley and Stout Funeral Home, Lincoln Road Chapel, 1315 W. Lincoln Road, followed by funeral services, with Rev. Jerry VanAuken officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery, with military honors provided by the U.S. Army and the VFW Military Rites Team. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation or to the American Heart Association, with envelopes available.

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