Kenneth L. Malkemes Jr., 54, Mountain Top, died peacefully surrounded by family on April 14, 2016, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley MSICU following complications from his seven-year battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
Ken was a 1979 graduate of Crestwood High School and received his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Lehigh University in 1983. Ken attained high academic honors while attending Lehigh. He was a member of Phi Beta, Tau Beta Pi, vice president of Chi Epsilon (Civil Engineering Honor Society), Phi Beta Sigma (Freshman Honor Society), was awarded the John B. Carson Prize for excellence in civil engineering technical courses and was a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. Ken started his engineering career with Moretrench American Construction Engineering Firm. Most recently Ken was employed with Midlantic Engineering Inc., Pittston Township, until 2015.
He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Mountain Top and began actively serving his community in 1989 as an appointed Wright Township Planning Commission member until resigning in 1996. He also served as a Wright Township supervisor from 1990 until his resignation in 1997. He served on the MACOG Board of Appeals from 2005-2015. Currently Ken was serving his third term as an elected school board member in the Crestwood School District. As a distinguished board member, Ken served as the representative to the Luzerne Intermediate Unit from December 2009 to June 2015. He was a member of the Shriners and the Freemason Caldwell Consistory of Bloomsburg.
Ken attained his Eagle Scout Award as a member of Troop 502. His great love and respect for the outdoors led him on a 25-year journey to complete all 2,179 miles of the Appalachian Trail.
He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and recently became a grandfather for the first time to our beautiful granddaughter, Arabella Grace. Last year he felt blessed to witness the marriage of his godson to the love of his life.
Above all else Kenny’s greatest accomplishment were his boys, who brought him great pride, love and joy.
He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth L. Malkemes Sr.
Surviving are his wife, the former Catherine Strauss; sons, Michael, Wilkes-Barre; Christian and Joshua, both at home; stepson, David Forsberg, Colorado; granddaughter, Anabella Grace; his mother, Joan Malkemes, Mountain Top; his sister, Alayne Rosner and husband, Robert, Mountain Top; and nephews, Cole and Jake Rosner, Mountain Top.
Funeral services were held in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Mountain Top. Interment followed in Albert Cemetery.
Arangements were by McCune Funeral Home, 80 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top.
The family respectfully asks that donations be made in Ken’s name to the: ALS Greater Philadelphia Chapter, 321 Norristown Road, Ste. 260 Ambler, PA 19002 or online at www.alsphiladelphia.org.