Daniel Ewing Malkovich, 59, of Sesser, died at 10:59 a.m., Friday, Feb. 18, 2011 at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center, Mt. Vernon.
Mr. Malkovich was born Oct. 9, 1951 in Christopher, the son of Daniel Leon Malkovich and Joe Anne Choisser Malkovich. He married Debbie Eubanks on June 17, 1978 and she survives.
He was a 1969 graduate of Benton Consolidated High School and attended the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss.
Mr. Malkovich was the publisher of The Benton Evening News and was a past publisher of The Daily American in West Frankfort. His career at The Benton Evening News, which was owned by his family until 1986, spanned almost six decades and included roles as carrier, sports reporter and editor.
His ability to deliver a properly folded newspaper with unerring aim is unparalleled in BEN history.
Mr. Malkovich enjoyed people, having never met a stranger. He loved his family, his many friends and his canine friends. He loved watching his children and grandchildren play sports, reading newspapers and books; and horse racing and classic movies.
He was of the Protestant faith.
Mr. Malkovich is survived by his wife, Debbie Malkovich, Sesser; two sons, Matthew Malkovich and wife Brandi, Orlando, Fla, and Tim Eubanks and wife Kim, Benton; grandson T.J. Eubanks, who resides in the Malkovich home in Sesser; granddaughter Bayley Eubanks, Benton; one brother, John Malkovich and Nicole Peyran, Cambridge, Mass., two sisters, Melissa Malkovich and Joe Starita, Seagrove Beach, Fla., and Rebecca Malkovich, Benton; the daughter he never had, his niece Fonda Eubanks Zimmerman and husband Mark, Sesser, as well as her children Zane and Zoe Reagan and Kade Zimmerman; mother-in-law Evelyn Eubanks, Sesser; brother-in-law Gale and Carrie Eubanks, Sesser; sisters-in-law, Marlene and Jack Stubblefield, Sesser; Brenda and Billy Joe Hartley, West Frankfort; numerous nieces and nephews; his beloved newspaper family; and the staff and fellow patients at DaVita dialysis center in Mt. Vernon.
Mr. Malkovich was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Amanda Malkovich; and father-in-law, Howard W. Eubanks.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 21 at Hobbs-Johnson Funeral Home, Benton, and from 12 to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Whittington Church in Whittington. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the church with the Revs. Mark Minor and Julie Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Sesser.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Whittington Church, 200 W. Main, Whittington, IL 62897 or to the First United Methodist Church, 108 E. Matthew, Sesser, IL 62884.
Visit www.hobbsjohnson.com to sign the memorial guestbook.