Raymond E. Maddox
April 20, 1929 - December 13, 2016
Ray Maddox, 87, of Jacksonville, Oregon passed away December 13, 2016 with his family by his side. He was born April 20, 1929, the third of eight children to Rupert and Zita Singler Maddox. He was a lifelong resident of the Rogue Valley.
On October 24, 1950 Ray married Avis Hanscom and together they had four children, Rod, Ron, Becky, and Bob. In 1995 he married Janet Johnson who passed away in 2007.
Ray attended Medford schools until the age of 15 when he joined the United States Army Air Corps. After 19 months in the service, his company was preparing to ship out when the war ended. After returning home he began work in the construction trade. He was a building contractor for most of his life, building homes all over the valley. In the late 1970s he started ReMon’s Wood Specialties in Shady Cove, a cabinet and door shop.
After retiring, he and Janet were snowbirds for many years, spending their winters in Arizona and Mexico where they met many dear friends. After Janet’s death in 2007 Ray settled back in the Rogue Valley where he enjoyed delivering food with his sister, Kareen, to the homebound seniors for Food and Friends.
Ray’s hobbies included golfing, especially when he could come home with a handful of balls that he found on the course; fishing with the good old boys; and a lucky Keno card. Most any day you could find him walking around Jacksonville gathering up walnuts, picking asparagus in the orchards, hunting mushrooms, and enjoying being outdoors. He always had a sparkle in his eye and a goodie in his shirt pocket just in case the grandkids stop by. Ray often commented, “I’ve had a good life.”
Ray is survived by his four children, Rod (Erna), Ron (Vicki), and Becky (Gary) McTevia, all of Jacksonville, and Bob (Lorie) of Medford; one brother, Terry Maddox; three sisters, Kareen Powell, Zita Smith, and Diana Walker; his grandchildren, Jocelynn, Tyler, Rachel, Natasha, Nathanael, Anna, Alicia, Hayley, and Jack ; 11 great-grandchildren; four step-children, Teri Feffeley, Bill (Becky) Johnson, Rick (Kelly) Johnson, and Shelly Stipp; step-grandchildren, Erik, Heather, Melyssa, and Dalton; and three step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Janet; brothers, Bud and Dace Maddox; and sister, Barbara McKee.
A celebration of life will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 22, 2016 at Hillcrest Memorial Park Chapel, 2201 N. Phoenix Road, Medford, with a reception to follow at the Royal Mobile Estates club house, 1055 N. 5th St, Jacksonville.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Food and Friends, 2860 State St., Medford, Ore. 97504.