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Donald Philip "Phil" Malpass

Donald Philip "Phil" Malpass
  • September 20, 1932 - November 20, 2019
  • Kalamazoo, Michigan

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“Rest in peace sir you were truly loved ”
1 of 12 | Posted by: A friend

“Professionally - you made life at K-Mart entertaining, educational and bearable. Personally - you became my adopted dad who was always there to...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Jane Johnston - Prescott, AZ

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
3 of 12 | Posted by: A friend

“We shared so many happy times with Phil and Dolores. From the New Years Day brunches at the Malpass house, which proved to be the very best way to...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: - Kalamazoo, MI

“Phil always made time to explain things to you in his own way, and with great humor ta boot. He is the last of that great generation. Dee and Phil...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: A friend

“Joy and family,I'm so sorry for the loss of your dad/papa. I know how deeply you loved him. Keeping you all in my thoughts. ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: Lisa Royalty

“He definitely touched many lives, mine included. He will be fondly remembered. He taught me many lessons about living life and enjoying it to the...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Russ Minehart - MI

“Sorry for your loss Melody ”
8 of 12 | Posted by: GARY Corradini - Plainwell, MI

“To all of the Malpass and Ledbetter families...I am so sorry to hear of your loss! He was a great guy that definitely had fun during his life! He...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Pat Smith - Dowling, MI

“Served with Don on the Trustees for 4 years at church. Was on jury duty with him in Federal court several years ago. Will be missed. ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: Tim Stamm - Augusta, MI

“Loyale and Family I am so sorry for your loss. Philip was a wonderful man and will be missed by all. Lori (Leversee) Stephayn ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Lori Stephayn - Kalamazoo, MI

“Philip will be dearly missed as he was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. Prayers go out to the family of this amazing man. ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Teresa Hensley Pike - Portage, MI

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Donald Philip "Phil" Malpass of Kalamazoo, MI

Son of Theodore Malpass and Phyllis (Graves) Malpass. Preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Fredrick (Bruce) Malpass, Theodore (Ted) Malpass, a sister Mary Lou Shinn, two grandchildren, Elizabeth Albright and Theodore (Teddy) Malpass, and son-in-law Curtis O'Shock. Philip lived a full life, loved by his family, his wife of 66 years Dolores Ledbetter Malpass and their five children; Melody O'Shock, Joy Overall, Loyale Albright (Todd), Theodore Malpass (Carol), Bruce Malpass (Deb). One of his proudest roles was that of Papa to seven surviving grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Philip was a retired Pharmacist who worked at a number of area stores. He mentored many in the pharmaceutical field and became friends with countless customers. Philip was very involved with the church throughout his life. He loved music and played a variety of instruments, including the Swiss Alpine horn. He enjoyed the camaraderie of neighbors and friends with "wine time" and festivities. He was a history buff, and raised a family of history nerds, dragging his children through battlefields and museums throughout their lives. Philip's love of travel included trips to 14 countries and all 50 states. Many of those travels included trail and mountain hiking. Philip had a passion for the great outdoors and hunting. If he had been born in a different era, he may have been a mountain man. He hunted small game, deer and moose, as well as tagging his first elk at the age of 80 in New Mexico.

Visitations and service will be held at the Gull Lake United Methodist Church in Richland. Family and friends are welcome for visitation on Sunday, November 24, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., with an additional visitation on Monday, November 25, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., immediately followed by a celebration of life service at 11:00 a.m. Donations may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan in Philip's memory. Philip had a long and meaningful life, that was impactful to many people in countless ways. His grin, his laugh, his sense of humor, and his love and kindness, will be missed. The Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel is assisting Phil's family.