Malcolm David Rosenthal was born at McCune-Brooks Hospital in Carthage, Mo., on July 26, 1934 to Ned David and Ida Ellman Rosenthal.

Malcolm David Rosenthal was born at McCune-Brooks Hospital in Carthage, Mo., on July 26, 1934 to Ned David and Ida Ellman Rosenthal.

He attended Mark Twain Elementary School grades one through eight and Carthage Senior High School graduating in 1952.

Malcolm attended the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. He was a member and officer of Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity and a member of the Air Force R.O.T.C. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the School of Business in 1956.

While at the university, he met his future wife and his best friend Laurel Beth Brouse on a blind date. They were married in Kansas City, Mo., on July 15, 1956.  She is and was the love of his life and their love and friendship are an inspiration to all who love them.

Malcolm was president of Pioneer Oil Company and managed H&W Foods and Refrigerated Services. He was a member of the Missouri and National Oil Jobbers Association. He was active in the Carthage community and was a former board member of the Broadview Country Club. He was also a lifetime member of the United Hebrew Congregation in Joplin.

Upon his retirement, Malcolm became an avid organic gardener specializing in tomatoes, growing over 60 varieties. He had a nickname of “The Tomato King” and would provide his many friends, Camp Quality and the Salvation Army with tomatoes all summer long. He also loved raising Bassett Hounds, Winston, Dennis the Menace, Quincy, and Siegfried.  
His other main interests were reading (history) and following sports (including his two favorite teams the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Celtics).

Malcolm was such a generous person assisting many and not wanting or needing any publicity for his generosity. He was a very private and patriotic individual who felt a great responsibility to help his fellow man as much as he could.

Malcolm is survived by his wife Laurel and two sons; Scott and his wife Mary Pat and Brian and his wife Susie.  His greatest joy was his grandchildren: Austin, Andrew, Marlee, Molly, and Grant.  

His parents and a brother, Stuart Ellman Rosenthal, preceded him in death.

Malcolm was a loving, caring husband, father, and grandfather always proud and supportive of his family. He spent as much time as possible with his sons and grandchildren attending their numerous activities. They were his pride and joy.

Honorary pallbearers are: Jay Cunningham, Hop Flanigan, Tom Geisert, Bill Lasley, Bob Locarni, Paul Phillips, Tony Phillips, Jerry Reither and Dewey Sheets.

A visitation will be held at Mark Twain Elementary School, 1435 S. Main St., Carthage, from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11.  A graveside family burial will be held at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Joplin, Mo., Monday, Aug. 12 at 11 a.m.

Malcolm was blessed with a strong and sharp mind until his final, peaceful moments. He walked in hope and gratitude surrounded by loving family. The family can never adequately express their heartfelt appreciation to his doctors and their staffs.

Memorial gifts are suggested to the Carthage R-9 School Foundation or to Camp Quality, both in care of Knell Mortuary, 308 W. Chestnut, Carthage, Missouri 64836.
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