December 5, 1917 - December 2, 2007
Johnnie Louis Maly passed away on Sunday, December 2, 2007, at the
Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waco, Texas. Visitation will be from 4
to 6 p.m. Tuesday, December 4 at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan,
with a rosary at 5 p.m. Funeral Mass is set for 1 p.m. Wednesday,
November 5 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Monsignor John
McCaffrey officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in
Johnnie was born in Smetana, Texas, on December 5, 1917, to Tom and
Catherine Maly. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in
Bryan, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled Veterans Association and
the American Legion.
Mr. Maly served as a sergeant in the 143rd Infantry Regiment during
World War II and served in Africa, Italy and Germany. He was awarded
the Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, American Defense, Service
Medal, European Theater of Operations Ribbon with one Battle Star
and one Bronze Arrowhead. He was wounded near Casino, Italy, and was
a prisoner of war for 18 months. He received his honorable discharge
on October 22, 1945. After returning home from World War II, Johnnie
married Susie Frances Boriskie, and began his 38-year career with
Johnnie's hobby was playing fiddle and guitar. He played in
the "Silver Jackets," a western swing band, from 1947 to 1953 with
Steve Regmund, Joe Sanders, Willie Fridel, Louis Fridel, Albin
Fridel, John Mrnustik, Louis Krc, Fred Lednicky and Steve Glowski.
His love for music continued throughout his life. After retiring
from Montgomery Wards in 1985, he joined "The Medicare Jazz Band," a
group of retirees from Bryan-College Station. This band played for
area nursing homes and at parties for the senior citizens of Brazos
While at the Veterans Administration until just before his death, he
played with the "V.A. Band," a group of patients from the Waco
Veterans Administration who entertain other patients. This group is
led by Mr. Fred Stanley, the Waco Veterans Administration music
therapist. Thanks to this opportunity, music continued to be a
source of joy in his life.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Tracy Regmund and Albina
Fridel; brothers, Walter Maly, Tom Maly and Henry Maly; and son,
David William Maly.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Sue Frances Maly; sons,
Richard Gerard Maly of Bryan and Ed Maly and wife, Patty, of Sugar
Land; grandchildren, Matt Maly, John Paul Maly and Robin Maly Luker
and husband, Scott; and great-grandchildren, Summer and Skye Luker,
of Rosenberg, Texas.
The pallbearers will be Frank Fojek, Mike Fridel, Floyd Boriskie,
Charles Maly, Jerry Luza and Joe Guidry.
The family would like to thank Mr. Fred Stanley, Janie Olson, Sue
Moore, Sandra Gilbert, and especially Mr. Jesse Bozzelle, for the
outstanding care they provided for Johnnie.
Published in The Bryan-College Station Eagle on 12/4/2007.