Photo: Richard R. "Bob" Malone  1954-2020

Richard R. “Bob” Malone, age 66 years, of Coal City, IL. passed away on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at Morris Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer.

Bob was born on February 6, 1954 in Joliet, IL. to Richard K. and Dorothy J. (nee Stark) Malone. His parents were both deaf and as a result, sign language was Bob’s first language. He served proudly in the United States Marine Corp during the Vietnam Era and was stationed several places, including Okinawa, Japan. He married Christine M. Cherven, who was his friend’s sister, and whom he had known since they were kids, on June 16, 1979 in Joliet. Known as “Bob the Builder” to many, Bob was a Building Official at different times for both the City of Braidwood and the Village of Coal City.

 A lover of the outdoors, Bob relaxed by going fishing and camping. He was very social and enjoyed sitting in his beloved garage with the door open visiting with anyone who passed by or drove up. He was an avid amateur Pool player and won many trophies over the years. He went to Las Vegas for a Pool Tournament and met many professional players which he took delight in! He lived on Diet Pepsi, chocolate milk shakes and brownies. He made the most amazing Pineapple Dip to share. Bob was very family oriented and was a devoted husband, Dad, Papa and brother.  Because of this, Christmas was his favorite holiday. He adored decorating his and Christine’s home to the limit, and with his full beard, he made a very convincing Santa Clause! He was a Chicago’s Bears Football fan and was known to wear their jersey every game when they were on a winning streak until they lost no matter how dirty the jersey got.  Bob’s sense of humor is what his family will always treasure.  

 He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Christine Malone; his daughter Amanda (Emily) Wieczorek of Braidwood; his son Steven (Tinley) Malone of Coal City; his grandchildren, William “Zeke” and Isabelle Malone; his sister JoAnn (Bruce) Bauer of Midland, TX., numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and his best friends, Donny Ellis, Darrell Olson and Bob Davis.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Dorothy Malone.

Memorials in Bob’s name may be directed to the American Cancer Society, 17060 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park, IL. 60477.

Funeral Services will be held privately for the family. Those wishing to participate in Bob’s services will be able to view a video on the Ferrari Funeral Services Facebook Page. Bob will be laid to rest at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.

Family and friends are encouraged to sign the online guestbook at