Kenneth H. Maltby Obituary
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
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.
Condolences may be offered online at www.nowlinandersfh.com.