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Services set for River Forest college student killed in I-65 crash

John Malone Jr. shown playing basketball for Fenwick High School 2010 died car accident Saturday. | Sun-Times MediFile Photo

John Malone Jr., shown playing basketball for Fenwick High School in 2010, died in a car accident Saturday. | Sun-Times Media File Photo

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Updated: June 10, 2013 12:31PM

RIVER FOREST — Services will be Thursday for a River Forest man who died in a car crash Saturday on his way home from college.

John J. Malone, Jr. was killed as he and three friends headed home from Indiana University.

Calling will be from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at Dreschler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St., Oak Park.

Funeral mass will be Thursday, May 9 at 10 a.m. in St. Giles Church. 1025 Columbian Ave. Oak Park.

Malone, 20, was ejected from a rear seat of a Ford Explorer sport-utility vehicle about 60 miles south of Chicago on I-65 shortly before 2 p.m., police said. The Explorer rolled and landed on Malone after blowing a tire.

Two others in the car also suffered injuries: Michael D. Rendy, 20, La Grange; and driver Mario Guagliado, 20, Deerfield. A front-seat passenger, Jacob Newman, 20, of La Grange, wasn’t hurt.

Relatives at the Malone home Saturday night said he was a sophomore business student who came from a big, close-knit family, played basketball at Fenwick High School in Oak Park and picked IU in part to be near his older sister and 17 cousins.

Richard Borsch, Fenwick’s Associate Principal for Student Services, recalled Malone as a kind and gentle giant of a young man, friendly and with a great sense of humor.

Borsch was Malone’s freshman football coach, his college counselor and Fenwick principal while Malone was there. Borsch said it wasn’t overstating things to say that Malone, while still a teenager, was the type of adolescent who made the job of teaching worth the effort.

“He grew both as a student and as a person his four years (at Fenwick),” he said. “He was an incredibly kind person.”

He said he was particularly impressed by the way Malone worked with middle school students at summer basketball camp.

“They gravitated to him because he was so big and so kind,” he said.

Borsch said Malone had turned into a “very fine young man” at Indiana. “John was hitting his stride,” he said.

Borsch acknowledged that Malone’s death, so soon after the death of Fenwick alum and U.S. diplomat Anne Smedinghoff, has rocked the school’s faculty and staff.

“I think the faculty who knew both of those kids are taking this particularly hard,” Borsch said. “I think they’re particularly hard hit (due to) the innate worth of these individuals, who were taken so early in their lives.”

As for John Malone’s young friends who are hurting, Borsch urged them to reach out to others who can help them cope, if not understand.

“I’d say look, don’t try to deal with this alone,” said Borsch. “Talk to someone who understands you, and who has a wider view of this than you do at your age.”

Malone last summer had worked at AA Rental in Melrose Park. He was hired operations manager Bill Lyman who called Malone him dependable and hard-working, and “a great, great young man.”

Lyman recalled a big, strong young man who always seemed to be smiling.

“Like all the other kids, he had a lot of enthusiasm, enjoying what he was doing,” Lyman said.

“He was the greatest kid and a natural student,” said his aunt, Donna Hanrahan. “He had a great sense of humor and loved playing tricks on people.”

A cousin, Abby Hanrahan, said Malone “was enjoying college” and was a popular kid. “In all his photos on Facebook, he’s surrounded by girls,” she said.

The Chicago Sun-Times contributed to this report.

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