In Loving Memory

ED MALZAHN

July 3, 1921 - December 11, 2015



MEMORIAL

December 18, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Ditch Witch Training Center
1947 West Fir Avenue, Perry, OK 73077

SERVICE

December 19, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
1922 North 15th Street, Perry, OK 73077

MEMORIAL

December 18, 2015
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Ditch Witch Training Center
1947 West Fir Avenue
Perry, OK 73077

SERVICE

December 19, 2015
2:00 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
192 North 15th Street
Perry, OK 73077

OUR HEAD SPROCKET

Gus Edwin George Malzahn (Ed), 94, of Perry, Oklahoma was the son of Charles and Bertha (Wolff) Malzahn. He was born on July 3, 1921 in Perry, Oklahoma and died Friday, December 11, 2015 in Perry Memorial Hospital.

Ed graduated from Perry High School in 1939 where he was an Eagle Scout, played football, played in the band and participated in several theatrical plays. He was known to pull out his cornet and play “Dear Old Perry High” if you asked. After high school he completed a degree in mechanical engineering at Oklahoma A&M College (Oklahoma State University) where he met the love of his life, Mary Corneil. She was his favorite student in a machining class he taught. Married on May 22, 1943 they were inseparable…Ed and Mary.

Ed was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder for many years. He taught the adult Sunday school class for over 50 years which was a “temporary” appointment when Henry Bellmon abandoned the responsibility to serve as governor. He has served in countless leadership positions from Oklahoma Board of Regents to the Chair of the State Economic Development Commission to the Chairman of Equipment Manufacturers Institute.

Ed was very enterprising. Even as a young boy, he always had a project to engage his interests. He cast silver dollars for his friends at age 14 resulting in a visit from the FBI. He built a remote control spotlight at age 17 that caught the attention of the Air Force when he was caught “spotlighting” aircraft…again resulting in a visit from the FBI. He was always tinkering with something. He continued his innovative ways and in 1949 he developed the world’s first service line trencher, the Ditch Witch model DWP. Perry, Oklahoma and the world have never been the same. A new industry had been created.

Even in his later years he always had a project with the latest being the conversion of a Perry landmark, the Masonic Lodge, into a multi-unit residence. But, no matter what project he was working on he always had time to roam the halls of Ditch Witch as “bull of the woods” to find treats for his sweet tooth, blow bubbles at a birthday party, or make a special delivery of roses from his garden.

Ed is survived by three children, Don Malzahn, and his wife, Phyllis, of Wichita, Kansas; Pam Sewell, and her husband, David, of Perry, Oklahoma; and Meleasa Malzahn of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. He has nine grandchildren, Tiffany Sewell-Howard, and her husband, Dan, of Edmond, Oklahoma; Jason Sewell, and his wife, Katie, of Perry, Oklahoma; Cody Sewell, and his wife, April, of Perry, Oklahoma; Zahn Wilkerson, and his wife, Kelly, of Chandler, Arizona; Courtney Darrah, and her husband, Will, of Wichita, Kansas; Sarah Malzahn of Englewood, Colorado; Matthew Wilkerson, and his wife, Briana, of Tempe, Arizona; Whitney Wilkerson of Chandler, Arizona; and, Perry Malzahn, and her husband, Jason Brammer, of Wichita, Kansas. He also has fourteen great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Bertha Malzahn, his wife, Mary, and one sister, Virginia Lamb of Edmond, Oklahoma.

Ed