Lawrence "Larry" W. Maloney, 78, of Buffalo, Ill., passed away at 7:17 a.m. Thursday, March 9, 2023, at Regency Care.
He was born May 17, 1944, on the family farm, five miles east of Ridgway, the son of Edward D. and Sallie Mecum Maloney, the ninth of 10 children.
He graduated from Ridgway High School in 1962, then moved to Springfield to further his education. Larry worked for the State of Illinois, was drafted into the United States Army in 1966 and completed a tour of duty in Vietnam with the 9th Infantry Division. He returned to Springfield and married Sandra Releford, and she survives.
Also surviving are one son, Sean Patrick Maloney of Buffalo; two sisters, Martha Sue (Joe) Lawler of Lebanon and Carolyn (Jack) Bailey of Springfield; 29 nieces and nephews; and numerous great- and great-great nieces and nephews.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Paul (Rose) Maloney, William (Helen) Maloney, Timothy (Joanne) Maloney, and infant brother John Maloney; three sisters, Virginia (Jack) Heller, Patricia Maloney and Rita (John) Soma; and one niece, one nephew and a great-niece.
Larry spent most of his life in Buffalo, Ill. After his retirement from the Illinois State Police, Larry found the time to "tinker" with his antique tractors, mowers and other farm equipment. Larry served as parliamentarian for the Illinois State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America. He was a member of American Legion Post 1922, VFW Post 10302, and Black Tiger Honor Guard.
He loved his family and especially loved the big family get-togethers.
The visitation was Tuesday, March 14, 2023, at Staab Funeral Home in Springfield. The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at Staab Funeral Home with Rev. Kevin Mann officiating. Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery, where military honors will be conducted.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Protective League.