Frank “Wick” Mallalieu, age 75, of Plant City, Florida went home to be with Jesus on Friday, November 22, 2019.
Wick was born in Lubbock, Texas on August 1, 1944 to Frank and Mary Roesch Mallalieu. The family moved to Scotch Plains, New Jersey, where Wick grew up with his sister, Carolyn, and dog, Corky. Known to his friends and family as “Wicky,” he graduated from Fanwood High School in 1962 and went on to attend Bethany College where he majored in chemistry and minored history. Wick lived an energetic and adventurous life and made friends everywhere he went. Some of his famed escapades included hitchhiking from California to New Jersey, traveling with Bedouins in the Israeli desert, appearing in the movie The Champ, working as a commercial fisherman for king crab in the Gulf of Alaska, and on an oil rig in the Bering Sea. Throughout the years, he also met many celebrities including Colonel Sanders, Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson, Barbara Bush, and Jacqueline Kennedy.
In 1972, Wick got a job as a ramp worker for Northwest Airlines. Working for Northwest became a life-long career and passion; he loved being able to hop on a plane and fly stand-by anywhere he wanted to go, often visiting friends around the country and taking his family on many memorable trips. In 1977, Wick’s job took him to Miami, Florida, where he met the love of his life, Sally Lucile Schmidt. Wick and Sally were married on January 20, 1979. They moved to Billings, Montana where their daughters, Bonnie Megan and Amy Marie, were born. Wick’s job also took them to Wisconsin and then New Hampshire, where their son, David Daniel, was born. In 1986, the family finally settled in Plant City, Florida, where their fourth child, Holly Nicole, joined the family.
Known for his lively sense of humor and loquaciousness, Wick’s personality was at times larger than life. He never met a stranger, and was extremely loyal to his friends, family, and neighbors. He exuded kindness and generosity, loved history, and could remember the exact date of countless events in his life, even down to the precise month and location where he bought a certain shirt. He enjoyed golf, chess, Scrabble, Rummikub, “Oldies” music, bowling, and Bluebell ice cream. He habitually honored Sally with flowers, gifts, and love notes left on the kitchen table. Wick retired from Northwest Airlines in Orlando after 37 years of service. He was a faithful member of Eastside Baptist Church where he once taught a Bible study and a Sunday school class. He also led a weekday senior adult Bible study at Midway Baptist Church for five years.
On January 9, 1973, at the age of 28, Wick experienced the most significant event of his life, when he met and gave his life to Jesus Christ. This experience changed the course of his life and ignited a passion that never ceased. Wick talked about Jesus to everyone he met. His love for God’s word, Bible prophecy, Gospel music, and admiration of preachers such as Adrian Rogers were contagious. No doubt he is in Heaven now rejoicing in the presence of his Savior with hundreds of people who are also there because of his bold testimony!
Wick’s voice and presence will be sorely missed. His loving family include Sally Schmidt Mallalieu, his wife of 40 years; his daughter, Bonnie Quarterman (Chase) of Austin, Texas; his daughter, Amy Antunes (Luis) of Augusta, Georgia; his son, David Mallalieu (Emily) of Seffner, Florida; his daughter, Holly Magers (Andrew) of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; his sister, Carolyn Knapp of St. Simon’s Island, Georgia; his cousin, Betty Ann Hansen of Warren, Vermont; and seven grandchildren.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, November 30, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Eastside Baptist Church (1318 E. Calhoun St., Plant City, Florida 33563). Funeral services will follow at 11:00 AM.
Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Kissimmee, Florida on Monday, December 2, 2019 at 11:00 AM. Haught Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.haught.care. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Eastside Baptist Church Family Life Center, in memory of Wick Mallalieu.
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