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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