In Memory of Donald Eugene Michalko

Donald Eugene Michalko, King of Prussia, Pa., passed away Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, after battling leukemia for two years. He was 52.

Michalko was born on April 16, 1962, in Elmira, N.Y., son of the late Louis Michalko and Mary Helen (Sullivan) Michalko. He was predeceased by his infant brother and sister, Mark and Marie, and is survived by his wife of 25 years, Donna; son Brendan Louis of Stamford, Conn.; daughter Mallory Rose of King of Prussia; brother and sister-in-law Louis Charles and Patty Michalko of Oklahoma City, Okla., along with their children, Stephanie Michalko of Layton, Utah, and Andrea (Richard) Littlecreek of Oklahoma City, Okla.; father-in-law and mother-in-law Eugene W. and Lynne (Freels) Buck of Horseheads; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Michael and Kim (Kirkwood) Buck of Horseheads, Diane (Buck) and Stanley Komer of Johnson City, N.Y.; along with several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins, and his devoted and loving dog "Gipper."

Michalko was a communicant of Mother of Divine Providence Church in King of Prussia, Pa. He graduated in 1980 from Notre Dame High School in Elmira, N.Y. and the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., in 1984. In 2011, Michalko also earned his teaching certificate in secondary education for mathematics from Cabrini College in Radnor, Pa.

Don was employed as a consulting actuary at Milliman for the past 24 years and worked in the US, Japan, and the United Kingdom, enjoying the opportunities to travel and visit several other countries. As an avid baseball and Los Angeles Dodgers fan, he enjoyed participating in a fantasy baseball league. He actively followed the Fighting Irish sports teams as a Notre Dame alum. As a devoted husband and father, Don loved family and their annual traditions of hand-cutting their Christmas tree and conquering the challenging corn maze each fall.

Don may be remembered through donations to a College Education Fund for his daughter, Mallory, at "Mallory Michalko's College Education Fund", c/o Wells Fargo Bank, 694 W. DeKalb Pike, King of Prussia, PA 19406 or The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Eastern PA Chapter, 555 North Lane, Conshohocken, PA 19428.