Lelie Malin


Leslie Malin, 84, of Pella, passed away on Monday, November 7, 2022, at the Arbor Springs Care Center in West Des Moines, Iowa. He was born on February 28, 1938, in Mahaska County, Iowa, the son of Delbert and Clara (Price) Malin. He attended Oskaloosa High School and left early to join the United States Navy just days before his graduation. On June 6, 1959, he was united in marriage to Barbara Noel. To this union 2 children were born, Mitzi and Marchell.

Les dedicated his career to the United States Navy and retired in 1978 after 22 years of service. Barbara and Leslie moved down to Cherokee Village, Arkansas in 2005. After Barbara passed away in 2007, Les moved to Pella in 2013 to be closer to his brother. He was very athletic and enjoyed hunting and building firearms. His real joy in life was spending time with his family.

Les is survived by his daughter, Mitzi Gellman of Pella; his grandchildren, Carrie Gellman, Annie Gellman and Paula (Scott) Stout; a great granddaughter, Iris Jane Gellman; his siblings, Wauneta Gerard of Oskaloosa, Darrell (Sachiko) Malin of Prescott Valley, AZ and Sue McNaughton of Pleasant Hill; a son-in-law, Scott McNevin and a brother-in-law, John Gleason.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Malin, a daughter, Marchell “Marty” McNevin; his parents, Clara and Delbert Malin; his siblings, Larry Malin, Janice Gleason, and Gail Malin and a brother-in-law, John McNaughton.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 11, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel with Reverend Rodney DeRonde officiating. The Bates Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will begin on Friday, November 11, at 11:00 a.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel with the family present until service time at 2:00 p.m. to greet friends and relatives. As was Leslie’s wish, cremation will take place after the service and interment will be at a later date. The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: Wesley Life or The Alzheimers and Dementia Research Foundation.

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