Bob G. Maddin, 78, of Tellico Village, died peacefully Aug. 23, 2020.
Bob was born in Centralia, Ill. After graduating high school, he attended the University of Illinois at Chicago before transferring to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville where he graduated with a degree in business in 1963. He was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity.
Bob met his wife, Gayle, at UT, and after he completed Officer Training School and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, they set off on the first of 15 moves that would take them to many interesting and diverse places. Bob served five years in the Air Force, including a 13-month tour of duty in Pakistan. He later worked for the Army Air Force Exchange Service for 27 years, advancing from a college trainee position to become the executive vice president of sales at the end of his career. He valued the friendship of the people he met and worked with there as well as the opportunity to travel the world. Some of his more memorable assignments were in the Philippines, Alaska and Germany. He ended his career at AAFES Headquarters in Dallas, Texas.
Bob enjoyed downhill skiing, biking and hiking, especially in the Smokies. He loved to travel and enjoyed planning the trips almost as much as taking them.
Bob was preceded in death by his mother and step-father, Helen and Lester Merrell; and sister and brother-in-law, Donna and Kevin Kane.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Gayle; son, Blaine and wife, Maria, of Spartanburg, S.C.; son, Brent and wife, Karen, of Kennesaw, Ga.; his most beloved grandchildren, Samantha and Reid of Kennesaw and Marilu of Spartanburg; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Janet and Ed Taylor; nieces, Valerie Norris, Jessica Taylor-Tomlinson and Dena Howser; nephew, Jason Kane; aunt, Vivian Knight; and several cousins.
Bob and Gayle attended the Community Church at Tellico Village.
A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cure Alzheimer’s Fund at www.curealz.org, a charity dedicated to funding research to find a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease, or to Our PLACE, a planned adult day center in Tellico Village.
Click Funeral Home & Cremations-Tellico Village chapel is serving the family of Bob Maddin. www.clickfuneralhome.com