John L. Maddick, age 88, of rural State Center, entered into Heaven’s glory peacefully on Sunday morning, May 7, 2023, in his beloved home.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 12 at Trinity Lutheran Church in State Center. He will be laid to rest in St. John Lutheran Church Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Iowa River Hospice (Marshalltown), Orphan Grain Train (Clemons Iowa Branch), or Trinity Lutheran Church (State Center). Traditional forms of sympathy, such as flowers, are also kindly acknowledged. For condolences, please visit www.mitchellfh.com. The Mitchell Family Funeral Home is caring for John Maddick and his family Ph. 614-844-1234.
John Leinart Maddick was born on June 3, 1934 at his parents’ home near Panora, IA to Wayne and Ann (Bonker) Maddick. He completed elementary through high school at Panora, IA, graduating in 1952 and went on to attend Iowa State University for two years. John took a break in his education to proudly serve in the military in Korea from 1954-1956. Upon his return, he completed his college degree in Agriculture Education at Iowa State University in 1958. John taught Vocational Agriculture at Hartley, IA and he worked for Walnut Grove Feed. He went on to become manager at Spread-All Manufacturing and later purchased the company. His sons, Brian and Roger, continued operating Spread-All after John’s retirement.
On June 15, 1958, he married the love of his life, Helen Beaty in Marshalltown, IA at Elim Lutheran Church. They were blessed with four children: Mike, Sue, Brian, and Roger. Together they loved supporting their children and grandchildren’s activities, including church, sports, 4-H, and FFA. John was very active at St. John Lutheran Church, serving in many leadership positions, and at Trinity Lutheran Church in State Center. He was very supportive of his wife Helen who plays organ at church, and helped start Clemons Lutheran Parochial School. He also served as one of the 12 directors during the early years at Lincoln Valley Golf Course. John operated Rocky Ridge Herbs, Flowers, and Vegetables and regularly took produce and flowers to farmer’s markets over the years. He was instrumental in the establishment of Orphan Grain Train at Clemons, IA. John and Helen enjoyed extensive travel, including the Holy Land, Hawaii, and trips out west and across the United States, like Alaska and Oregon. John also enjoyed fishing with his children and friends.
Praising God for his life is his loving wife Helen of nearly 65 years; daughter-in-law Melanie Maddick of Newhall, IA; daughter Sue (Arlin) Karsten of Swisher, IA; sons: Brian (Denise) of Rhodes, IA, and Roger of Rhodes, IA; grandchildren: David (Amber) Maddick of St. Peter, MO, Bethany of State Center, IA, Tyler (Breanne) Maddick of State Center, IA, and Kelci (Kyle) Carpenter of Melbourne, IA; great-grandchildren: Laina, Cora, Mara, Kennedy, Avery, Caden, Kenzie, Kacie, and Kip; niece Kathy Giboney; brother-in-law Dr. Larry and Kathy Beaty and sister-in-law Hatti Groth.
Preceding him in death were his son Mike, parents Wayne and Ann, sister Pat Deeds, nephew Bob Deeds and parents-in-law John and Polly Beaty.
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