Wayne Drenan Malone

Born on March 19, 1934 in West Union, Ohio
Departed October 12, 2022 in Melbourne, Florida

Wayne Drenan Malone, 88, of West Melbourne, Florida, departed this life on Oct. 12, 2022.
Wayne was born on March 19, 1934, in West Union, Ohio, where he grew up on the family farm. He excelled in school and developed an interest in electronics, even setting up a radio lab in a barn. Wayne graduated from West Union High School and earned his electrical engineering degree from the University of Cincinnati. While in college, he participated in the cooperative education (co-op) program, which consisted of traditional classroom work plus experience in industry, including a job in research and development at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Wayne married Judith (Judy) Rogers on July 5, 1958. He began his engineering career at Avco Corporation in Cincinnati and had two sons with Judy before moving the family to West Melbourne in 1966 to take a job with Radiation, Inc. Wayne stayed in Florida and went on to have a long career, working for several more companies, including Mercury Marine, Harris Corporation, and SkyData, before retiring in 1997. When he wasn’t working, Wayne enjoyed hunting, deep sea fishing, and designing, building, and fixing things around the house. He was also a ham radio operator.
Wayne and Judy thoroughly enjoyed their retirement years together. They spent their summers traveling in their motor home visiting family and exploring many parts of the country. They also enjoyed monthly weekend camping trips in Florida with a camping group.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Pauline (nee Satterfield) Malone, and brother, Denver Malone. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Judith (nee Rogers) Malone; sons David (Ming Rong) and Darrin (Erika) Malone; and grandchildren Lili (Doug) Cohen, Blake (Jessica) Malone, and Sarah Malone.
A loving husband, father, and grandfather, Wayne often spoke of how proud he was of his children and grandchildren. He had also recently learned from his grandson that he was soon to become a great-grandfather. A member of Wesley United Methodist Church in West Melbourne, Wayne was confident in his relationship with Jesus, often saying he was ready to die but that he just wasn’t in a hurry.
Wayne maintained a positive attitude and kept his sense of humor until the end. The family would like to thank the kind and skilled staff at the Heart Center at Holmes Regional Medical Center for making his final days as comfortable as possible.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Wesley United Methodist Church, 2075 Meadowlane Ave., West Melbourne, Florida 32904 on October 29th at 3:00 pm. Interment will be at a later date in West Union, Ohio. Please consider a memorial donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org) or the Salvation Army (www.salvationarmyusa.org).

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Stephen Hughey from Pulaski, Tennessee wrote on December 21, 2022:
Wayne was a great friend and an even better mentor while I worked with him early in my career. He had many interests and I learned so much from him. His amateur radio callsign, W4SRR, I will never forget. He and I in our off / spare time developed a receiver for graduate students from Florida Tech to use tracking wild pigs in their research. Wayne is one of a kind and he will be missed.
Emerson and Julie Cross from Deltona wrote on October 29, 2022:
Emerson Julie
Thomas j. & Annemarie Pfeiffer from Kansas City, Missouri wrote on October 29, 2022:
A wonderful man. It was our pleasure and privilege to know Wayne. May he rest in peace.
Jim Hagan from Malabar wrote on October 26, 2022:
I worked with Wayne at Harris Sat Com for many years. He was a good friend.
John D. Moon from CINCINNATI wrote on October 21, 2022:
You were the best brother and brother in-law. I could ever have. I will miss you very very much. Your Brother-law John Dale Moon
Kathy Cross from Stout Oh wrote on October 21, 2022:
Prayers for the family
Diana Higgins from Parkersburg wrote on October 21, 2022:
Thoughts and Prayers to Wayne’s Family from the Randy Higgins Family

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