Malachi Deacon James Southern


Malachi Deacon James Southern, 12, Goshen, died 3:02 p.m. Monday, June 17 at Memorial Hospital, South Bend.
He was born Sept. 18, 2006 in Elkhart.
Malachi donated his organs to save the lives of 3 adults. He was the first child ever to have the honor walk at South Bend Memorial Hospital.
Surviving are his mother, Melissa (Esch) Southern, Goshen, father, Joshua Southern, Goshen; grandparents, Renee Esch, Goshen, Thomas Esch, Elkhart, Tatiana Schue, Goshen; great-grandparents, Judy Minnich, Goshen, and Rosika Mahony, Goshen.
Preceding him in death are a great-grandfather, R. Herbert Minnich; and grandpa, Kevin Southern.
Malachi was to be a seventh grader at Goshen Middle School and was a part of the band in percussions. He attended the Boys & Girls Club, Goshen and Bristol United Methodist Church. Malachi loved being outdoors, playing with his friends, from swimming to jumping on the trampoline. He was a great pitcher and played soccer. He enjoyed video games, comic books and superheroes. Malachi was very passionate about wanting to be an engineer, even going as far as making his dad a working calculator out of LEGOs. He loved making people laugh, telling jokes, and pulling pranks.
Visitation will be 3-8 p.m. Monday, June 24 and one hour prior to the 11 a.m. service Tuesday, June 25, all at Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home, 311 S. Main St., Goshen. Pastor Gary Lewis will officiate.
Burial will follow at Elkhart Prairie Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be directed to the funeral home for expenses, Beacon Children's Hospital, 615 N. Michigan St., South Bend, IN 46601 or Indiana Donor Network, 3760 Guion Road, Indianapolis, IN 46222.
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Published on June 19, 2019
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7 posts

Diane Wagner
Jun 24, 2019
So sorry for your loss of this beautiful boy. The hardest thing a parent has to go through is the loss of a child. My prayers are with you and your family.
Robin Anderson
Jun 23, 2019
There are never the right words to say. And as so many people have already said, my heart hurts for you and your family. No parent should have to go though this. I will keep you in my prayers. God bless you!
Theresa Long
Jun 23, 2019
Many condolences to you and your family. What a heartbreaking event for your family, but incredibly heroic. As a Beacon nurse I have seen your story shared so many times. My eldest son is just 12 days older than your own. I can’t imagine ever experiencing this, but would always do exactly as you. Organ donation is such a humble gesture. The marvels of modern medicine we should always be proud of. I am so glad you received the immense support from Memorial Hospital staff
Jun 21, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss my thought and prayers are with you during this devastating time. The way you honored your son by helping others is admirable.
Tyler Milstead
Jun 21, 2019
I am so terribly sorry for the loss of your precious son. My heart breaks for you.. yall will be in my prayers daily!❤
Dallas, NC
Lou Anne Southern Eaton
Jun 20, 2019
Dear Melissa and Josh, on behalf of the whole Southern family our hearts are broken over the loss of your son. Life time prayers are set to you and God will carry you through.
Julie Kowalenko RN
Jun 20, 2019
Melissa and family,
My heart breaks over the loss of your sweet Malachi. It was an honor caring for he and your awesome family in his final days.
You remain in my thoughts and I pray for all of you regularly.