Robert Edward Maddux, 81, of Purdy, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006, in Cox Medical Center South, Springfield.
He was born in Trenton, N. J., Nov. 26, 1924, the son of Nathaniel and Edith (Taggart) Maddux. In 1950 he was united in marriage to Mary Bluebird who preceded him in death in 1985. He was also preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Esther and a brother, William Starling Maddux.
Survivors include: two sons, Edward C. Maddux, of Tulsa, Okla., and Jesse Dew, of Tahlequah, Okla.; three daughters, Kathy Sherman, of Las Vegas, Nev., Judy Roseboro, of Bensalem, Penn., and Mary Taylor, of Purdy; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.
He graduated from High School in Trenton, N. J. and attended college at Northeastern Okalahoma State in Tahlequah, Okla. He served his country during World War II in the United States Army in Central Europe and received the Silver Star. After the War he returned to New Jersey where he was a prison guard Captain for the Trenton State Penitentiary. He moved back to Oklahoma where he lived until 10 years ago when he moved to Purdy to make his home. He could speak four languages, wrote short stories and poems that were published and was a talented singer and songwriter.
Graveside services with military honors were held Tuesday at Ft. Gibson National Cemetery, Ft. Gibson, Okla. under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville.
FOHN FUNERAL HOME