He was born on July 11, 1954 in Karnes City to August Malik and Celeste Sally Malik. James was a salesman for an office supply company. He was Catholic by faith, he enjoyed scuba diving, and was involved with the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo.
Survivors include his aunts Tillie Dziuk of Kenedy and Alice Jendrusch of Fallls City; and numerous cousins.
Preceded in death by his parents and brother Patrick W. Malik.
A funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Falls City. Interment followed in the Falls City Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Bob Dziuk, Rick Felux, Ronnie Jendrusch, Tracy Jendrusch, Tim Pieprzyca, and Tony Rotter. Funeral services were entrusted to Rhodes Funeral Home Inc. of Karnes City where the on-line guestbook may be signed at rhodesfuneralhomeinc.com.