John Maloney Sr.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

John Thomas Maloney, Sr., known as Dad, Poppy and Buddy to many, passed away Jan. 24, 2017, one month shy of his 88th birthday.

He was born Feb. 24, 1929 to Edgar George and Mary Cecelia (Driscoll) Maloney in St. Louis, Mo. He entered the Navy in 1946, going to Boot Camp in San Diego; attending AE Class A School at NAS Memphis, then Test Pilot School in Patuxent River, Md. After the Navy, his love of aircrafts led him to a job at McDonnell Aircraft, later McDonnell Douglas.

It was while working at McDonnell that he met the love of his life, Martha Ann Campbell, and they married Aug. 11, 1953. They were married almost 60 years when she passed away in 2013. They were the parents of five children who were lucky enough to participate in many wonderful adventures with them.

John was involved with many projects at McDonnell Douglas, most notably their Gemini and Apollo Spacecraft projects. He worked on the Apollo 11 project that put the first man on the moon. In 1974 he left McDonnell Douglas and in early 1975 he moved his family to Eureka Springs, Ark.

John was a minister in the New Apostolic Church and with the church’s blessing, established the first congregation in Arkansas on Quigley Castle Road. He was a father, friend, counselor, servant and minister to all of us over the years.

John is survived by his five children; John (Ina) Maloney, Jr. of Tulsa; Jim (Karen) Maloney of Tulsa; Jane (David) Todd of Clifty; Ellen (Doug) Grogan of Eureka Springs and Eileen (Dennis) Connor of Coweta. He is also survived by his first daughter/sister-in-law Ellen Kinberg of Westlake Village, Calif.; sisters, Joan Worthington and Virginia Rafferty of St. Louis, sister-in-law Patricia Maloney of St. Louis; brothers-in-law Les (Thelma) Campbell of Sparks, Nev. and Edward Langhammer of St. Louis.

He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and his best friend of 63 years, Arvel Remschner.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at the First Christian Church on Passion Play Road in Eureka Springs.