Thomas Joseph Malle, age 83, of Wawaka and Oliver Lake, passed away peacefully to be with the Lord on April 29, 2023 at Orchard Pointe in Kendallville. Mr. Malle was born on February 22, 1940 in Waterloo, Indiana to William and Marcelle (Dangler) Malle. He graduated from Wawaka High School in 1958 and from Purdue University as an Agronomist in 1962. Tom started farming in Noble County right out of college. He served his country for 6 years in the Army reserves and was stationed in Oklahoma during basic training.
On November 25, 1962 he married Patsy R. Yoder in Ligonier, Indiana. Together they built a farm life and raised 3 children. Tom was a lifelong member of the United Methodist church in Brimfield, IN. He served on the West Noble School Board from 1977 to 1991. He was a member of the Brimfield Lion’s Club. He served on the board of directors for Campbell and Fetter Bank and Noble County REMC. He was a member of the Noble County Pork Producers.
Tom was Dad, Grandpa, husband, businessman, faith-filled child of God, gun collector, community leader and farmer. He enjoyed Canadian fishing trips, Western hunting trips and later in life, Florida winters. He enjoyed the fellowship of drinking coffee with his farming buddies at various locations over the years. He was a lover of all things John Deere and adorned his property with their logo items. He especially loved spending time with family and friends, cruising around Oliver Lake.
He retired from farming and moved to Oliver Lake in LaGrange County in 2008.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years. He was proud to be the first in a three-generation family of Purdue graduates from West Lafayette, Indiana.
One daughter, Kimberly (Philip) Allen of Wawaka; Two sons, William Malle of Indianapolis, and Steven Malle of Las Vegas, Nevada. One sister, Mary Malle of Rome City. Three grandchildren; Darby (Drew) Smith of Severance Colorado, Tate (Morgan) Allen of Grafton, Massachusetts and Tanner Allen of Severance, Colorado
Preceding him in death are his parents and numerous aunts and uncles.
Visitation will be held Thursday, May 4, 2023 from 4:00 – 8:00 PM at Hite Funeral Home in Kendallville.
Funeral services will be held Friday, May 5, 2023 at 11:00 AM at Brimfield United Methodist Church with Pastor Jerry Burghduff officiating.
Burial will take place at Orange Cemetery near Brimfield.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Orchard Point Healthcare Facility, Heart to Heart Hospice or Brimfield United Methodist Church.