Harold “Hal” Malnory, passed away in his home at the age of 77 on Wednesday August 30, 2023 surrounded by family and his dog Hattie after a year long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born on April 8,, 1946 to Berton and Millie Malnory in Tacoma, WA. Shortly after, the family moved to Oshkosh, WI where he spent most of his life.
Hal was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was an avid sports fan and accomplished athlete beginning in grade school. Throughout his high school years, he excelled in football, baseball, and basketball. Upon graduating from Oshkosh High School in 1964, he received an offer to tryout for the Milwaukee Braves. Ultimately, Hal decided to enlist in the U.S. Navy where he was stationed in Long Beach, CA. He served four years and made two trips to Vietnam on the USS Talladega.
After returning from Vietnam, Hal continued his love of sports playing fast pitch softball, most notably Oregon Clothing and Tommy’s Angels. At times, you could find him in the outfield but most often as the catcher. They won several ISC State Championships and in 1976, Tommy’s Angels took 4th in the ISC World Tournament in Long Beach, CA. After many years playing under the lights, he decided to hang up his cleats. He was inducted into the Oshkosh Rec Department Hall of Fame in 1999.
Hal truly found his calling when he entered the Winnebago County Sheriff’s department in 1975. He was a member of the SWAT team, loved competitive shooting, and loved being part of the summer boat patrol. He cherished not only the job, but his coworkers. Hal retired a Lieutenant in 2002. In his spare time, he enjoyed following local sports teams, spending time with his well-loved pets, golfing, and fishing on any of his favorite lakes.
For a short while, Hal lived in Arizona where he loved to golf and truly had an opportunity to take on his role as grandpa, or to be better known by his grandkids as Bukka. Even when living in Arizona, he continued to tape and watch every Brewer game and continued to root on the Pack. As fate would have it, he returned to Wisconsin in May of 2019.
Hal was well-loved and respected by so many. Some may say the party started when he arrived, a true comedian; people loved his sense of humor. Perhaps his best trait was his loyalty and role as protector, always looking out for his family and friends. He was fearless, a touch guy all the way until the end. Gone much too soon. Rest in peace Hal, Bukka. We will meet you on the baseball diamond in heaven.
Hal is survived by his wife of 24 years, Lisa, his two children Tammy Doemel and Todd Malnory, his grandchildren Jordan (Steve) Schug and Laura (Garrick) Morgan, his great grandchildren Adalyn and Elliot Schug and Henry Morgan, his mother and father-in-law Jan and Larry DuBoise along with many cousins and close friends and his sweet pup Hattie. Hal was preceded in death by his parents Berton and Mildred Malnory.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday September 7 at 3:00pm with Police and Military Honors. Visitation will be from 11:00am until time of service at Konrad-Behlman Funeral Home 100 Lake Pointe Dr., Oshkosh, WI. A memorial will be established in Hal’s name.