Kenneth H. Maltby Obituary

Kenneth H. Maltby




Ken H. Maltby, 72, of Desdemona, went home to his Lord and Savior

Wednesday, September 7, 2016, while serving the County of Eastland as

a Deputy for the Sheriff's Department.

   He was born October 11, 1943,   in Texas City, Texas, to Glen Maltby and Hazel Louise Pace Maltby.

Ken  married his loving and devoted wife of 52 years, Rena Carr Maltby,  

June 13, 1964, in Desdemona, Texas.


Ken lived in the Desdemona community most of his life and graduated

from De Leon High School in 1962. He was employed by the Eastland

County Sheriff's Department as a Deputy since 2014. Prior to working

for Eastland County, he served in many capacities within law

enforcement in the counties of Comanche, Erath, Brazoria, and Dallas.

He thoroughly enjoyed serving as a narcotics commander for many years

in several different locations. Several officers that he supervised

called him a no nonsense leader and shared that he always held them to

the highest expectations and standards, while seamlessly building true

and lasting friendships. He was a committed friend, coworker, and a

true example of a proud American. He deeply loved his country. Serving

alongside his brothers in law enforcement was one of his greatest

accomplishments in life. He proudly served his communities, often

going beyond his required duties, checking in on the elderly and his

neighbors just because he cared. Ken also proudly served in the United

States Navy as an Air Traffic Controller during the Vietnam War era.


Outside of his calling as a law enforcement officer, Ken was a

centered family man. His family meant everything to him and he enjoyed

every moment he was able to spend with his wife, children and

grandchildren. His grandchildren where the light of his life and he

was always determined to make new and lasting memories with them. Ken

also enjoyed travelling when he had the opportunity. He had his

private pilot license and enjoyed flying Cessna planes. Ken had quite

a sense of humor and went out of his way to make a stranger into a new

friend. Ken and Rena regularly held Bible Study classes in their home

and invited anyone to join them. He was a devoted Christian and was

always excited to share God with those who might not know Him. Early

in his life, he even became an ordained minister. He had many hobbies.

He loved both Aggie and De Leon Bearcat football. He liked to watch

old movies and tell stories, especially to his grandkids. Ken was a

loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, friend and

neighbor. He will be immeasurably missed by many communities

throughout the State of Texas and by his many friends and family



He leaves behind a loving legacy in his family. He is survived by his

wife, Rena Maltby of Desdemona, Tx.; two daughters, Tresa Maltby

Anderson and husband, Pete, of Dublin, Tx.; Donna Maltby Peacock and

husband, Michale, of Desdemona, Tx.; son, Lance Maltby and wife,

Angela, of Abilene, Tx.; nine grandchildren, Matthew Lovelace and

wife, Dawn, of San Antonio, Tx., Brittany Lovelace Kolodziej and

husband, Marty, of Pleasanton, Tx., Stephanie Lancaster and husband,

Shelby, of Branson, Mo., Lindi Anderson Dunlap of Desdemona, TX.,

Dylan Anderson and fiancé, Kristin Nugen, of Stephenville, Tx., Brody

Anderson of Desdemona, Tx., Nathan Maltby of Abilene, Tx., Natalie

Maltby of Abilene, Tx., and Melissa Anderson of Dublin, Tx.; nine

great-grandchildren, Klayson Guajardo, Hudson Guajardo, Dax Dunlap,

Kyefer Dunlap, Quinn Kolodziej, Breanna Peacock, Lyla Anderson, Joshua

Killingsworth, and Christian Killingsworth; brother, James Maltby of

Desdemona, Tx., sisters, Glenda Sharp of Houston, Tx., and Beverly

Smith of Niceville, Fl.; aunt, Billie Short of Harper, Ks; and many

nieces; cousins; extended family; and a multitude of friends.


Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Glen and Louise Pace Maltby

of Desdemona, Tx.; and grandson, Nicholas Maltby.


Funeral services were held Saturday, September 10, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.

at De Leon First Baptist Church with Chaplain Jay Maltby officiating.

Graveside services, with Military and Color Guard Honors, followed in

Desdemona Cemetery.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to

the Orphan's Promise 700 Club at 977 Centerville Turnpike, Virginia

Beach, VA 23463, or to the charity of choice in memory of Ken.

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