Loren Malone


Loren Malone, 62, of Lake Preston, S.D., died Wed., June 8, 2022, at his home in Lake Preston.

Loren Bernard Malone was born on July 15, 1959, to Bernard and Darlene (Abel) Malone. Shortly after he was born, Loren received his lifelong nickname. His dad came in from doing chores and asked his mom, "How is my Tuffy?" His eldest sister Lori started calling him Tuffy after that, and everyone else joined in.

He was raised on The Evergreen Farm southwest of Lake Preston, S.D. He graduated from Lake Preston High School with Honors. During his high school years, he excelled at track, FFA and 4-H. He attended SDSU, but instead of graduating, Tuffy decided that he preferred a life of adventure, living a frontiersman's lifestyle trapping and fishing. His adventures led him to Alaska, California, across Mexico and into Guatemala.

Tuffy eventually put his adventurous life behind him and chose to return to South Dakota. Once home, his greatest joy was spoiling his nieces and nephews and his great-nieces and great-nephews with lots of love, attention, jokes, tall tales and trips to Boomers for treats.

He will always be lovingly remembered for his morning greetings, sense of humor, wild imagination and big heart.

Loren is survived by his parents, Bernard and Darlene Malone; his two sisters, Lori Malone-Hansen of Redfield, S.D., and Lisa Malone of Lake Preston; three nieces, two nephews, three great-nieces, two great-nephews and one great-great-niece.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Edward and Anna May Malone and Cecil and Elsie Abel.

A Celebration of Life will be at 4:00 p.m. on Sat., June 25, 2022, at the Lake Preston Lutheran Church in Lake Preston, S.D., with Vicar Brad Sanderson officiating. Burial will be in the Lake Preston Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3-4 p.m. on Saturday in the church.

Condolences can be mailed to Good Samaritan Society, C/O of Darlene Malone, 411 Calumet Ave N., De Smet, SD 57231

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donation be made to UCC/UMC, 105 2nd St NE, Lake Preston, SD 57249 or NAMI, 1601 E 69th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57108. The Johnson-Henry Funeral Home-Lake Preston is in charge of arrangements.

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