John Maddy Obituary

John Kutz Maddy
John Kutz Maddy
John Kutz Maddy

July 10, 1916 - June 16, 2007
Born in Marion County, IA
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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John Kutz Maddy, 90, died Saturday, June 16, 2007 at Calvin Community. Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 19 at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

John was born July 10, 1916 in Marion County, Iowa, the son of Frank Elmer Maddy and Mary Edith Kutz. He attended a rural grade school and was a member of the Olive Chapel Methodist Church which was close to his farm home in Indiana Township.

He graduated from the Knoxville High School in the class of 1933. He sang in a quartet at Olive Chapel, and they were a very close group their entire life. John helped his father farm for three years before entering ISU where he graduated in 1941 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy. John was married to Wilma Weston in 1942.

John worked for the Farmers Reinsurance Company of Grinnell before enlisting in the U.S. Army in August 1942. He graduated from Officer Candidate School as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Medical Administrative Corps at Camp Barkeley, Texas. He served overseas with the 76th Infantry Division in Europe under the direction of General Patton's 3rd Army. John was the recipient of the Bronze Star Award and was discharged with the rank of Captain.

Returning home from service in WW II he worked for the ISU Extension Service and transferred to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service for 30 years in LeMars, Iowa and Des Moines. John retiring as Conservation Agronomist of Iowa in January 1978.

In retirement he worked as a genealogist researching his family history, publishing US MADDYS in 1985 as well as several other family histories.

John was a member of the Soil and Water Conservation Society of America, the Iowa Genealogy Society, The American Legion and the Drum and Bugle Corps, The Des Moines Lapidary Society, Masonic Lodge and Westminster Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by his wife, Wilma Maddy; three children, John Jr. of Corvallis, OR, Marilyn Kohler of Seattle, WA, and Marshall Maddy of Columbia, SC; and 2 grandchildren, Krista Jones and Paul Kohler.


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Westminster Presbyterian Church
4114 Allison Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50310
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
2:00 PM