Dennis L. Maloney, Age :85
Oct 26,1934---Jul 30,2020

Dennis L. Maloney, passed away July 30, 2020.  Denny, was born in Springfield, Illinois on October 26, 1934, as the second of three children of Robert Emmett Maloney and Catherine Bernice Corrigan Maloney.  He spent his formative years in Chicago and Milwaukee and moved to Kansas City with his family in 1948.  He served in the Army in 1957 and 58 and again in 1961 and 62, earning his pilot wings on August 8, 1962.  Prior to going with TWA in 1964 he flew for Leamon Flying Service.  He retired from TWA on July 1, 1987 after spending nearly 20 years as Captain. He was the first TWA Captain hijacked December 11, 1968.  He was responsible for getting the TWA pilot retirement plan modified greatly benefiting pilots but especially their wives and children.  He was preceded in death by his father, mother, brother, Terry and Mrs. Elizabeth Johnson who was always so supportive during difficult times.  He married Bette Hendrix July 17, 1971 and Linda Rudnik March 14, 1980.  He is survived by two sons, Jeffrey D. Maloney and Thomas M. Maloney (his wife Dawn and daughter Heather Weber), a sister Gayle Sweitzer (her husband Michael Juhan), many nieces and nephews and Patricia Pendleton, who provided him with endless support for more than 20 years.  He was a member of the Friends of Art, The Quiet Birdmen and on occasion, The Combat Pilots.  Graveside services will be held on August 4th at Resurrection Cemetery, 83rd and Quivira Road, Lenexa, Kansas.  Details available from Porter Funeral Home (Lenexa location). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the TWA Museum, 10 Richards Rd., KC, MO 64116, in memory of Dennis Maloney.


Kevin Moncrieff Aug 02 ,2020

Friend of Tom Maloney ,Geneva ,Illinois

What an interesting long life he lived. He seemed to have “done it all”. My condolences to all of his family and our thoughts are with you during this especially difficult time (for many reasons). I am a friend of Tom’s (and Dawn), and first met him when we flew together 7 years ago. I enjoyed hearing stories of his father because my father died when he was 41, and I sort of missed out on having father/son stories. Denny seemed like such an interesting man. Our thoughts are with the Maloney’s. Kevin and Kari Moncrieff Geneva, IL

Ron kleiboeker Aug 02 ,2020

Friend, fellow TWApilot ,Lake st louis

Always enjoyed flying with Denny

Ron Rodgers Aug 03 ,2020

Quiet Birdmen (QBs) ,Lee's Summit ,Missouri

From the Quiet Birdmen (QBs), we are sorry to hear that Denny has "Gone West." Our deepest sympathy and condolences to family and friends. Denny was a gentleman and dedicated QB. Even when he could not attend our meetings he always kept in touch and "kicked in" a little donation to boost or meal fund. We will miss is aviation stories and good fellowship.