Joseph Eugene Maddux
Oct 9, 1942 – Jun 27, 2017
Joseph Eugene Maddux, 74, of Kent, Washington, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday morning, June 27, 2017 at his home with his loving family by his side. His 16 month struggle with cancer is over. A burial service will be held at Tahoma National Cemetary at 10:30 on Wednesday, July 5.
Joe was born October 9, 1942 in Athens, Indiana in the family farmhouse to Harold and Marjorie (Towne) Maddux. He graduated from Akron High School in 1960 and went on to serve his country in the Air Force for four years, based in Wichita, Kansas. In 1966 he received a technical degree from Northrop Institute of Technology in Inglewood California. Soon after, his sense of adventure took him to the other side of the world where he worked all over Asia and met and married the love of his life, Janet Chien-I (Lu). Joe was employed as an aircraft maintenance technician with Flying Tigers and then later with FedEx for 35 years. He was a family man who most valued taking care of children and his wife. The Maddux family spent their free time together traveling all over Asia, to Thailand, Japan, Korea, the Philippines and Hong Kong. Summers were spent road-tripping all over the US in an old Chevy pickup. He retired at the age of 59 and lived out his twilight years spending time with his grandchildren and relaxing with his wife on the road in their travel trailer and at their beach house in Sequim, Washington.
Joe was a kind, soft hearted man who had a quiet toughness and valued hard work. He had quite a funny bone, a comical way of expression and was hilarious when he wanted to be. He had a gift for conversation and throughout even the roughest of times, his warm and vibrant spirit remained. His sparkle will be missed. What made him happiest was enjoying time with family, it truly was his favorite pastime whether gathering for a meal, watching a Seahawk game or just going for a walk in the woods or down the beach. It defined the man he was and the legacy that he leaves.
Joe is survived by his son and daughter, Jason Eugene Maddux of Sitka, Alaska and Jessica Kay Leader of Seattle, Washington and his wife Janet Chien-I of Kent, Washington. He has three beautiful grandchildren who love and miss him dearly. Their names are Miles Aden Leader, Aria Edith Leader and Autumn Elaine Maddux.
Remembrances may be made in Joe's memory to the National Park Services, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network or Virginia Mason Foundation.
Dad - you will forever be in our hearts. We love you to the ends of the universe.
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