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Harry L. Maddox, Jr.


Harry Maddox, Jr.

Harry Lee Maddox, 75, died November 19, 2015 from complications of Alpha 1 Antitrypsin deficiency. Born January 9, 1940 in Barberton, Ohio, Harry was the son of the late Harry and Catherine Maddox. Survivors include Carol Wilcox; children Gayle (Tony) DeGennaro, Marc (Candy) Maddox, Penny (Kevin) Baldwin, Kerri (Bob) Rodenbaugh, and Natalie Wilcox. Grandchildren: Philip DeGennaro, Jadon and Deron Maddox, Sophie, Abbie and Jack Baldwin, and Alex, Adelaine and Coen Rodenbaugh. As well as siblings Mary Patko, Genevieve Gipson, Katherine (Joseph) Kasper, Richard (Catherine) Maddox and Charles (Kris) Maddox. He was preceded in death by Harry and Catherine Maddox, James Maddox, Martha Ingersoll, and Dorothy Arbogast. Harry served in the U.S. Army from 1963-1965 and worked extensively in the 6th Missile Battalion (Nike-Hercules, 43-d artillery) where he received the Army Commendation medal. He worked for over 30 years at Lucent Technologies as a senior engineer, where he received numerous patents for technology that shaped telecommunications today. Harry was an advanced HAM radio operator (KE8DC) and developed communications to speak to the space shuttle Columbia while in orbit in 1983. Harry also was an avid woodworker and storm chaser. He enjoyed ballroom dancing, photography, and fixing anything. Inurnment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Wewers, Dr. J Barry Fagan, the Palliative Care Unit at St. Anne’s and the Alpha 1 Foundation. As well as his dedicated partner and caregiver, Carol. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alpha 1 Foundation. Harry touched thousands of lives too numerous to list and will be missed by many. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at Crossroads Church in Lithopolis 1-4PM, service beginning at 3:00PM.  Arrangements entrusted to Ohio Cremation & Memorial Society/Rodman-Snyder Memorial Center.

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  • Jennifer mitchell says:

    Praying for peace. I’m so sorry for your great loss

  • Norma & Greg Morgan says:

    Sorry for his children and grandchildren’s loss.

  • Cheryl & Derrill Langer says:

    Praying for the family. May God’s peace be with you.

  • Al DeGennaro says:

    We send our sympathy for the loss of a interesting, warm, and generous father and grandfather. He was a special friend to my own father, who appreciated his humor, his candor, and his technical expertise. He was a real comfort to Mom and Dad in their later years. Barb and I wish we could have seen more of him.

  • Frank Johnson says:

    Harry was one of the most intelligent engineers that I had the
    privilege of meeting in my supervisory position at AT&T and Lucent. He was a great friendly person in the engineering field
    and will never be forgotten

  • Brett Briley says:

    Very sad news. He was always very kind to me when I’d come over as a teenager. I remember him finding the design flaw in the power screwdriver. I am very sorry.

  • Paulita Lyons says:

    Praying for your family during this time. Harry was very special and had a great job making you feel very important. I will miss him and may God rest his soul.

    ~ Paulita (Carmichael) Lyons

  • Bev & Steve Huff says:

    Enjoyed working with Harry Maddox. Such a kind and wonderful person. Steve and Bev Huff Western Electric, AT&T, Alcatel Lucent.

  • Andy Smeltzer says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family. May you be filled with the peace of God as you remember his legacy for your family.

  • Sol Black says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of a wonderful guy and a good friend. He was so well liked at Lucent and was certainly the smartest person I have ever met.

  • Kosmas Geo. Synadinos "Mikis" says:

    May Christ the Lord receive my friend and comfort his loved ones.I worked with him at Western Electric
    Kosmas Geo. Synadinos “The Greek”

  • Marilyn Bernstein says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. We enjoyed your friendship and conversations over the last 45 years and especially the last 41 years when Dylan Bernstein spent many a day playing with Marc.

  • Mary (Bakallis) Ailabouni says:

    Harry was my favorite engineer, without a doubt.
    I have so many wonderful memories, so many stories, about his work at Lucent, his hobbies, his father, it goes on and on.
    His genius seemed unlimited.
    I remember the story he told me once of how he convinced his father, who made violins, to forget the special glue he made special, taking hours, days, and instead to use some store-bought glue. Of course, the violin was ruined.

    I remember when one of the managers had a poster from Greece that he wanted to put in his office. On his own, Harry made a special frame for it.

    He loved a challenge and would work day and night, without rest, to solve any problem. Promotions and money didn’t seem to matter to him.

    He messed up the accounting system because he stuck his paychecks in a drawer and never cashed them. Payroll convinced him to use automatic deposit before most of us even knew such a thing existed.

    He had the respect of all who knew him.

    Harry, I, along with many, many others, will miss you. God willing, we’ll all meet again in a better place.
    God bless and comfort your family as they deal with your loss.
    Mary

  • Joan Gipson says:

    Uncle Harry aka Uncle Sudsy was an amazing person. He was my go to person for any internet question. He was my go to person for any computer issue. He was an amazing person to just sit and chat with. He was loving and caring. He was a humble genius who will be greatly missed. I remember a few years ago when I went to visit with my daughter, Melissa. We brought a mini bike with us. It took a little convincing but I still remember seeing Harry riding that bright yellow mini bike down his street. God gained an angel in Harry Maddox. A few years back I was able to take Uncle Charlie down to visit. They had a brief but amazing visit. Neither was in the best of health but they both cherished that time together. They knew that was probably– an was– the last time they would see each other. God bless all who cherish his memory. Until we meet again Uncle Sudsy!!

  • Susan Monroe says:

    Gayle, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. It is hard to lose someone so important in your life. Thoughts & and prayers are with you and your family. Susan
    Your Franklin family

  • John Evans says:

    I extend my deepest condolences to Harry Maddox’s family and close friends on his passing.

    I worked with Harry at the Columbus Works for many years in the area of test set design and construction. Harry was truly a genius and could solve any technical problem put before him. He was glad to help anyone and savored the task of coming up with a solution. It’s hard to adequately capture his contributions to the engineering organization at Lucent Technologies (Western Electric, AT&T, or whatever 6200 East Broad Street in Columbus, Ohio was called at the time). I remember spending the night in the laboratory with Harry trying to solve a problem we were having with a test set, going home after 24 straight hours, getting 6 hours of sleep, and coming back to find Harry still hard at work on the problem. He didn’t go home for another 24 hours when the problem was solved. And this was my problem. He did the same thing for numerous of his associates on a regular basis. Later, when I was in management, I remember calling Harry at home to ask him to come in and address a problem we had with testing a product. We had a half a million dollars worth of frames hanging on the monorail in the shop that we could not ship and our staff had been working the issue for several days with the developer. Harry had just finished one of his 48 hour shifts solving another problem but said he’d catch a few hour’s sleep and come on in. He arrived later that day and by the end of the day he had devised a circuit change to the product and we were back in business, shipping the product the next day.

    As a person, I found Harry to be kind and thoughtful of all those around him. He was loved by many and will be sorely missed by all of us.

  • Holly Ross says:

    Remembering how kind you were to all of us and the fun we had! God bless you, Harry, always.

  • Jennie Cross says:

    Harry was a magical person in our lives. He helped me with a sculpture project and so many other adventures. He was an inspiration to all who knew him. Brilliant, human, funny, compassionate. We will try to shine his light into the world. We loved him very much.

  • Shannon Fish says:

    Thoughts and prayers throughout this week. As I told Kerri (I work in the Lanc Art Dept), he sounds like such a unique man–I wish I could have met him.

  • Cari says:

    We will sorely miss such a good friend and neighbor. The pain of loss is with us, but we must rejoice in Harry’s finding peace and comfort and a release from pain after such a long long struggle. We will never forget you, dear friend.

  • Dylan Bernstein says:

    Harry was such a sweet guy and helped bring me up for a few years there. His knowledge and love for tech ran parrallel to his integrity and compassion. He is missed and we are grateful to have had him with us for all those years!

  • Sara Carter says:

    Harry was a wonderful person that I had the joy to work with at Lucent. He was a ray of sunshine and was always there to help!! I will always remember his creative mind and child like curiosity!!

  • Rita & Richard Yanus says:

    I have known Harry for over 50 years. I remember when Richard & I and our daughters Marcy & Kathryn would get together with Harry, Norma, Gayle, Penny, Marc & Kerri- what fun, great memories.

    Harry lived to help people, it was his mission in life. His genius brain, gentle spirit & generous heart will surely be missed. Even on his deathbed, he researched his devastating illness to help others.

    Thanks to his angel, Carol, who danced into his life 14 years ago & gave him love, joy & care in the hardest years of his life.

    Good bye my good buddy, peace be with you forever.

  • Ray Cross says:

    Wow, what a life! Harry the Renaissance Man, my genius friend, smartest guy I know! All those patents, corporate awards, bugs fixed, fire put out, family and friends helped, tech toys bought, 24 hour work shifts, he was the technical savior.

    I have made a living in a technical space modeling behaviors I learned from Harry. He was my hero. I really enjoyed the spending time with my cousins and Harry at Maddox family house in the late 70’s and then with my young family in the 80ties . I know you guys have had some tuff stuff come up over the years and you have done a great job
    with your our families. Let me tell you that Harry was very, very, very, very proud of you all! I always got complete updates when we talked.

    The best part of Harry was not his intellect. The best part was that playfulness of a 8 year old , the infectious curiosity and the joy of discovery that he shared with us all!

    Goodbye Harry, may your spirit find many more wonders to explore.

  • Robin Burris says:

    Thinking of everyone involved, especially my dear friend Penny. You are in my thoughts and prayers!

  • Janie Hall says:

    My thoughts are with anyone whose life Harry touched. He used to tell me I was like another one of his daughters because I was always around. He will be missed!

  • Norma says:

    I have known Harry since I was 16
    We shared many good times, stressful times, and fun times raising our children. He passed down some good work values to our four kids
    Even though he could never get any where on time he was there in spirit. We still kept in touch sharing photos and stories about our kids and grandkids. These things will be missed
    Rest in peace Harry. I pray for the family and friends who lives were a little better because of him
    Bye Harry

  • Al Mecozzi WA8LBZ says:

    I met Harry in the 1970’s when I worked at Western Electric. We were both amateur radio operators and interfaced on the 2M radio frequently. We talked on the phone frequently. I considered Harry a good friend and I will miss him very much.

  • Girish Parikh says:

    Praying for the peace. I am sorry for your loss.

  • Karen Kilroy says:

    I just learned of your passing. Uncle Harry, I’ll love you forever. Thanks for teaching me so much stuff and being my friend when I was knee-high. I never met anyone else like you.

    Love,
    Karen

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