Memorial services will be held on Sunday, May 24, 2009, at 1:30 p.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee, Iowa. Pastor Bruce Rapp will officiate. Burial of the remains will be in the Buena Vista Memorial Park in Storm Lake. There will be no visitation. Online condolences can be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com.
Ed was born on May 31, 1912 at Vilas, S.D. to Joseph & Grace Maddox. He was married to Melba on June 7, 1945 at Storm Lake. He had worked for the John Morrell Co. for 25 years before purchasing the A & W Restaurant in Cherokee. He and his wife, with their children by his side, operated Eddie's A & W Drive-In for 12 years. He later became a health inspector for both Iowa and Montana. Ed also earned his real estate license in Oregon, where he worked for eight years. With these adventures behind him, he made the decision to be closer to his children and moved back to Minnesota, where he spent his last 12 years, but also spent quality time in Iowa as well.
In his 96 years of life, he accomplished a lot. He was a well established oil painter, was very active in the Chamber of Commerce, longtime Rotarian, 64 year member of the Masonic lodge, and was a heavy duty Minnesota Twins fan! Ed lived his life to the fullest and enjoyed it until the end. He will always be remembered for his caring, unselfish ways; his kindness, his smile, and his great sense of humor. Thank you Lord for sharing him with us for 96 years. It was a wonderful ride. Thanks for the memories.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Melba in 1967, a brother Roland and a sister Helen.
He is survived by his children: Gerry (Carol) Maddox of Reno, Nev.; Michael (Rebecca) Maddox of Bloomington, Minn.; Patti Winterhof of Aurelia; Murray Maddox of St Anthony, Minn.; Peggy Mosher and her friend Les of Fargo, N.D.; 12 grandchildren: Corey, Mathew, Nicholas, Eric (Katrina), Nathan (Andrea), Rachel, Erin, Brian, Andy, Justin, Jeremy, Erin A. (Brice); five great-grandchildren: Maria, Marshall, Alex, Caleb and Gabriel; two brothers and one sister: Dwight (Donna) Maddox, Dick Maddox and Margaret Roe; also many nieces and nephews.