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Heartland woman mourns after husband dies in plane crash

Hollis Malone, 29, died after his crop duster crashed in Tennessee last week. Hollis Malone, 29, died after his crop duster crashed in Tennessee last week.
He left behind a wife, a young son, and another on the way. He left behind a wife, a young son, and another on the way.
Hollis Malone took her up in his plane, and they were inseparable ever since. Hollis Malone took her up in his plane, and they were inseparable ever since.
But on August 20, Hollis went to work and never came home. But on August 20, Hollis went to work and never came home.
The day before he died, Hollis heard the baby's heart for the first time. The day before he died, Hollis heard the baby's heart for the first time.
BENTON, MO (KFVS) - A Heartland wife and mother is in mourning after her husband dies in a plane crash.

"He's a phenomenal pilot, I would never think something had gone wrong," LeAnn Malone said.

Hollis Malone, 29, died after his crop duster crashed in Tennessee last week.

He left behind a wife, a young son and another on the way.

It's tragedy for this young mother who can't believe she'll never see her husband again - and her children will grow up without knowing their father.

She's said more than 2,000 people attended Hollis Malone's funeral last Sunday, which just shows he's impacted a lot of lives.

"He was the most loving caring, would do anything for anybody, full of life," Malone said.

LeAnn Malone said it all started with flying. Hollis Malone took her up in his plane, and they were inseparable ever since.

They married, and had now 2-year-old son Rylan.

"He want to be just like his daddy, he has more airplanes than he can do with," Malone said.

LeAnn says Hollis loved flying and being in the cockpit.

"Being a pilot is in his blood, he's a fourth generation pilot, and he had every intention of Rylan being a fifth generation," Malone said.

Hollis Malone's great granddad was a test pilot for B-25 bombers, and ever since then his family has been crop dusters.

"Crop dusting is just in his blood, as soon as he got in that plane he said I can't believe I'm getting paid to do this, I love it so much," said Malone.

"I think he was definitely doing what he loved to do," said brother-in-law Brent Pearson.

"You're just born with it in you someway," said pilot friend Andrew Ambrose.

But on August 20, Hollis went to work and never came home.

"I sent him a message, because he was supposed to be done around 2 p.m. and I didn't hear anything, but I thought maybe he didn't have reception,” Malone said.

Then, LeAnn got the news. Hollis Malone's plane had crashed, killing the 29-year-old husband and father.

"I called everyone I knew that was close to him and I said just tell me it's not true, I know he's okay," Malone said.

The couple had just announced LeAnn was pregnant with their second child.

The day before he died, Hollis heard the baby's heart for the first time.

"I'm so thankful for that," said Malone.

"There really are no words to explain something like that - and explain how much you hurt," Ambrose said.

"I wish I would have talked him out of going into crop dusting at times, but I didn't want to hold him back from his dream," Malone said. "And I wanted to be supportive - but I knew how dangerous it was."

"This is not something you get over in 24 hours," Ambrose said. "And some of us will never get over it, it's hard to imagine a world without him."

Now, LeAnn and family are coming together to remember Hollis and keep his legacy of love for family and flying alive.

"Every day on the way home, he would contact me on the way home and say I just can't wait to get home to you,"Malone said. "So, as much as he loved it, he couldn't wait to get home to us every day."

Malone said Hollis did not have life insurance, so they've set up the Hollis Malone Memorial Fund at Focus bank in Sikeston, Missouri to help with expenses.

You can also donate at this link: http://www.gofundme.com/dmfmz4

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