From June 17, 2010
Fastpitch lost a friend as Kevin O’Malley of Nokomis passed away from a heart malady that occured suddenly while attending the games in Kelso this past weekend. Kevin retired from the game about 5 years ago and has many friends and acquaintances in the fastpitch community. Keep his family in your thoughts.
Some friends’ posts at the Illinois forum at FPW:
The fastpitch world in Illinois is a sadder place today following Kevin’s unexpected death and the loss of Noel Schott. Knew them bothâ€”Noel better than Kevin. We’ve lost two of the good guys.
Please extend prayers to their respective families. Totally shocked about Kevin. We chatted briefly at Kelso Saturday morning. Mr. Schott, I last spoke with a few years back.
Kevin played high school basketball at Nokomis. My good friend, former coach and one-time radio broadcasting partner Roger Craft (who left Nokomis to coach Du Quoin in 1979) was one of his coaches. Roger still speaks fondly of the “Nokomis gang” and how tough those “kids from Fillmore were.”
From the State Journal-Register
NOKOMIS – Kevin F. O’Malley, 53, of Nokomis died Tuesday, June 15, 2010, at St. Francis Hospital in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
He was born Oct. 21, 1956, in Hillsboro, the son of Ernest F. and Dorothy (Woodhouse) O’Malley. He married Sarina Ruffing on Oct. 5, 1991, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Nokomis.
He was preceded in death by his father.
He is survived by his wife; three children, Mackenzie M. and Dolan F. O’Malley, both at home and Jaime (Steve) Eisenbarth; three grandchildren; in-laws Barb and Hank Ruffing of Nokomis; a sister, Denise (Neil) Alexander; sister-in-law, Jessica (Michael) Martin; and several nieces and nephews.
Kevin was employed as postmaster in Fillmore. He was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church in Nokomis.