Gregory P. "Greg" Mallernee

June 19, 1954 - August 7, 2021
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Gregory Paul Mallernee, 67 of Dover, Ohio passed away at home surrounded by his family on August 7, 2021, after an 8-month battle with lung to brain cancer.

Greg was born on June 19, 1954, to Oliver R. and Patricia J. Mallernee. Greg attended Dover High School and was an Old Y and a new YMCA National swimmer who com…

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Gregory Paul Mallernee, 67 of Dover, Ohio passed away at home surrounded by his family on August 7, 2021, after an 8-month battle with lung to brain cancer.

Greg was born on June 19, 1954, to Oliver R. and Patricia J. Mallernee. Greg attended Dover High School and was an Old Y and a new YMCA National swimmer who competed against Mark Spitz at the Olympic trials in Ft. Lauderdale.

He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and graduated 2nd in his platoon at Parris Island and continued training at Camp Pendleton Marine Base in San Onofre, California.  He became a member of the Special Forces Force Reconnaissance team after completing the Navy SEAL training. He served on the Naval Carrier Attack Vessel “USS Constellation CV-64” in the Vietnam campaign as a reconnaissance team member in Cambodia.  His 5 years of service earned him a rank of Underwater Demolition and an E-5 Sergeant that is often referred to as the backbone of the Corps. The last duty assignment he served in was the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force 1st Marine Division.  He earned Badges of Honor in Rifle Expert, Pistol Marksman, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Letter of Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, and Navy Diver Insignia.

Greg loved the ocean which led him to employment by International Underwater Contractors as a pipe welder and fitter and deep-water diver on offshore drilling rigs in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.  His maximum dive depth was 400 feet.  He sadly retired from diving following injuries.

Greg was also a lover of all animals and had many pets in his life along with strays he would take in. He had two cats Biggie 1 and Biggie 2 that he loved along with Shrimpy, a little Pomeranian. While working on an oil rig off the coast of Africa, he took in a very protective German Shepherd, a penguin, and a monkey who would mimic Greg by drinking a sip of a beer or pretending to smoke a cigarette. Greg would break a bar of soap in half and the monkey would wash just like Greg. The animals were magnets to Greg’s kind and generous soul.

Greg also was a gifted wood crafter.  He designed and built many items from one-of-a-kind furniture, cabinetry, cabins, and anything you can think of.  Many of his friends and family have his items in their homes today.  He had a woodshop “Man Cave” that he would spend hours in just creating things he thought of. He had astounding creativity and patience.

Greg was known everywhere he went as a kind, warm-hearted, and genuinely good guy who never complained. He loved his family and would do anything for them at any time. He also felt the same way for his very close friends Rick and Bruce “and he was “Greggie” to them.  Greg was an amazing and loving husband, son, brother, friend, and Marine, and he will truly be missed by all who were blessed to be in his life.

Greg is predeceased by his father, Oliver Richard Mallernee (WWII Marine).  Greg is survived by his loving mother, Patricia J. Mallernee of Dover; his loving wife, Sharon Mallernee of Dover; his brothers, Dana Mallernee and Dave Mallerenee of Dover; and his sister, Tricia R. (Anthony) Mascotti of Stonecreek. Greg was also an uncle to many nieces and nephews that he loved deeply and to them, he was the “cool” uncle. The family extends thanks to the nurses, doctors, and staff at the VA Louis Stokes Medical Center in Cleveland and the VA Medical Center in New Philadelphia and by Homestead Hospice of Dover for their assistance in his home health and comfort needs during his final weeks at home.

Calling hours will be held at Geib Funeral Center at Dover on Thursday, August 12, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. A service will begin at Noon in the funeral home with Rev. Douglas Mallernee officiating. He will be given a full Military Honors burial at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Seville, Ohio on Thursday at 2:30 p.m.


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Date: Thursday, August 12, 2021

Time: 10:00 am

End Time: 12:00 pm

Geib Funeral Center at Dover


5600 N Wooster Avenue, Dover, OH, 44622

Service Information

Date: Thursday, August 12, 2021

Time: 12:00 pm

Geib Funeral Center at Dover


5600 N Wooster Avenue, Dover, OH, 44622

Cemetery Information

Date: Thursday, August 12, 2021

Time: 2:30 pm

Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery


10175 Rawiga Road
Rittman, OH 44270

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Born: June 19, 1954
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David Wyatt Spiker posted on 8/18/21

Just heard and so sorry for our loss of such a class act & American warrior. I also knew Greg as a swimmer till we moved away in 1969. May God bless him and bring peace & love to his wonderful family.


Susan Lynn Mallernee posted on 8/14/21

Rest in peace, Greg. I`m so blessed to have had you, as much more a brother, than brother-in-law. You will always be loved, remembered, and cherished.


Pam Blumensheid posted on 8/12/21

We’ll always remember Greg as the quiet, kind and gentle soul he was. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Pam and Roger Blumensheid


Blaise Fettig posted on 8/11/21

I worked with Greg for years back at IUC in the Bronx. Although we made a pretty good living as divers, Greg never lost his simple, out of a backpack way of living. His stories could be a little unnerving at times but he was always a sincere and dependable friend - We had a great time together and I just wish I had stayed in closer touch over the recent years. My deep condolences to his wife Sharon and the rest of his family and friends.


Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum posted on 8/11/21

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time, May you come to know that the love of God is with you always, May your memories of Gregory Paul Mallernee, give you peace, comfort and strength… Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete. I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers to the family of …. US Marine Veteran, Gregory Paul Mallernee, is “A True American Hero” God Bless† † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †


Shelley Wassem posted on 8/10/21

So sorry to hear of Greg's passing. Wishing peace & comfort to the entire family. Love & hugs...


Jennie Pietro-Harris posted on 8/10/21

I offer my sincere condolences to all of Greg's Family-I reconnected with Greg and his then wife in Ft Lauderdale years after high school and enjoyed the times we shared. He will certainly be missed by many. Regards, Jennie Pietro-Harris


Tim Blakely posted on 8/10/21

Sorry to hear about Greg's passing. Greg was a very " colorful " guy, a very good guy willing to help if you were in a jam! Lots of good memories of being on the swim team & leaders club at the old & new Y with Greg. My condolences to the Mallernee family.


wes spiker posted on 8/10/21

Sorry for your family's loss. Greg and his father were big squirrel hunters and my father and I usually went along with them. We were the same age and both into competitive swimming, although I wasn't as fast as Greg and YMCA Warriors and Olympic gym leaders at the old Y. One of my conversations with him before I moved out west was him warning me off a certain local girl who I had a crush on and he had dated earlier and told me a few horror stories. Won't ever forget h im and the service he provided to our country.


Jane Gingrich posted on 8/10/21

Dana, Dave and family, My sincere condolences for the loss of Greg. I have great memories of Greg at the old Y! Gone to soon but not forgotten. -Sending comforting prayers to all. Jane (Ayers) Gingrich


Gerry Tinor posted on 8/10/21

Dana~ I am saddened to learn of your loss. How many wonderful memories you must have of your brother and how proud you must be of his service to this country. He certainly lived an interesting life! As you move forward, it is my sincere hope that you find solace in knowing that he lived life to it's fullest and find comfort in knowing he is now safe in the arms of Jesus. With sympathy to you, your Mom, and all of Greg's family~ Gerry Tinor


Eric & Rhea Hay posted on 8/9/21

Sorry to hear of your loss .


Kimberly Walton posted on 8/9/21

Sharon you truly wrote a beautiful picture of Greg’s life and his loves. Keeping you and his family in my prayers. Sending love