Richard Lee Maddy
Richard Lee Maddy, age 79, of North Little Rock, died Monday,
February 2, 2004. He was born in Wellington, Kansas where he graduated from High
School before receiving his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma
A&M College, now Oklahoma State University, in Stillwater. Richard served in
World War II seeing action in the European, African and Middle Eastern Theatres,
receiving the Bronze Star. He retired from his engineering career in 1983,
moving to North Little Rock.
He loved his family and was always involved in their welfare.
He is survived by one sister, Mary Gasener of Hemet, California, and a niece,
Cogene Diffee Simard and husband Houston of Olive Branch, Mississippi.
There will be a graveside service on Friday, February 27 at
2:00 p.m. in the Columbarium of Arkansas State Veteran's Cemetery in North
Little Rock. Cremation arrangements are under the
direction of Ruebel Funeral Home.
- Richard was a true friend to me and my family since back when I was a
young high school student in Wellington back in the 1950s. He was always
available back then for encouragement and support for a young man in need of
some words of wisdom from a much-respected adult. Later, when it was
questionable that I would finish college as a young, married, Navy veteran
with growing family demands, Richard was there with the encouragement and
support I needed to see me through. Thanks in large part to him, I did
receive my degree and went on to enjoy some modicum of success in my chosen
field of journalism and public relations. Although we didn't stay in touch
for all the reasons people use when geographical distance interferes, it was
always a comfort knowing that Richard would always be a friend. I miss him
already. But I'll always remember him as being a very special person in my
life and I'll keep his memory alive for the rest of my life. I am a better
man for having had Richard Maddy as my friend.
James F. Hudson