Ronald B. Malone was born on August 16th, 1947, in Montclair, NJ to Franklin and June B Malone. Ronald was an only child raised side by side with his cousins Charles Henry Jr (Corky), Janna, Cheryl, and Randolph (Randy) Thompson. Ronald moved from Montclair to Newark where he embraced Christianity at a young age. He often expressed fond memories of attending Catholic School and serving as an altar boy.
He graduated from Weequahic High School in 1965 and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in July of that same year. He served in Hawaii, spent a ten-month deployment in Vietnam before returning to California. Ronald obtained the rank of Sergeant before being honorably discharged in 1970.
In 1967-1969 while stationed in Hawaii the birth of his experience with Kenpo Karate began. His proven love and dedication for Kenpo Karate as a brown/black belt resulted in him opening his first school of martial arts on the base. He was promoted to a black belt five months after the school was opened. His martial arts talents made him a sought after and renowned Professor Chief of Kenpo Karate Instruction.
After being honorably discharged Ronald returned to New Jersey and married his long-time sweetheart Barbara Jean Malone on March 20th, 1971. Together they started Malone’s Kenpo Karate in Elizabeth NJ. They later went on to have schools in Linden, Roselle, Woodbridge and other satellite programs. Their love for children was immeasurable, which led to the formulations of lifelong relationships with their students. Ron and Barb saw their students as an extension of their family and always kept an open dojo, open house, and open heart for their students. Through his students Professor Chief Malone was able spread the art of Kenpo Karate throughout the United States and beyond. His legacy will continue.
Ronald and Barbara were devout Christians and began studying under Pastor David T. Demola in 1980 at Faith Fellowship Ministries. Continuing their love for children, they volunteered as youth ministers. Ronald also was an ordained minister under David Demola and continued until his last days to preach the word of God and prepare for his return to heaven.
Ronald is survived by his children Barry J Malone, Shelly M Windham (husband Ernest Windham), Roshanna “Buffy” Malone-Hendrick (husband Christopher Hendrick). Grandchildren Silke Malone, Barry J Malone Jr, Trystin Malone, Aaliyah Windham, Marcus Windham, Armanee Edwards, Christopher Hendrick Jr, and Landyn Hendrick. And a host of extended family members and friends