John Dale Maddox

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John Dale Maddox, 77, of Lee’s Summit, MO, passed away on Thursday, December 26, 2019. John was born on October 18, 1942, in Charleston, WV, to the late Jack and Florence (Midkiff) Maddox. John graduated in May 1960 from South Charleston High School. He moved to Kansas City in the fall to attend Central Technical Institute to study Electronic Technology. After graduating from Central Technical Institute in September 1962, he was hired by Bendix (Honeywell) as an Electronic Technician. He married his high school sweetheart, Eileen (Scarffol) Maddox, on November 24, 1962, at Redemptorist Church in Kansas City, MO. John raised his family in Grandview, MO and was an avid supporter of his daughters’ softball and school activities. Little did Grandfather Maddox know when he nicknamed John ‘Hot Rod’, that he would develop a lifelong love of cars. As a ‘shade-tree’ mechanic, John knew how to fix cars but wanted to understand more, so he attended Longview Community College at night and completed his associate’s degree in Automotive Technology in 1974. He continued to work on cars while working fulltime at Bendix. After 43 years, John retired from Honeywell (Bendix) in March 2006 as a 2nd shift Committeeman for the Machinists’ Union, Local 314. Since his retirement, John enjoyed keeping the ‘family’ cars running and teaching the grandchildren a few automotive basics, learning new things, traveling, and volunteering at Coronation of our Lady and St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic churches. Above all, John loved spending time with his family. John was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Eileen; sisters Saundra Sarakaitis and Jackie Maddox; daughters Christina Hunt, Becky (Dan) Shaw, and Mary (Roger) Sanders; grandchildren Brittany (Christopher) Willard, Andrew (Michelle) Offutt, Jess (Craig) Laudenslager, Lyndsey Hunt (Gabe Falcon), Ashley Sanders, RJ Sanders (Erica Miller), and Madison Sanders; great-grandchildren D.C. Laudenslager, Maddox Offutt, Makayla Offutt, Hayden Hartley, Derek Falcon, and Jameson Laudenslager; nieces Jennifer (Jason) Croy and Stefanie (Charles) Wagoner; nephew/Godson Seth (Jolene) Sarakaitis; and his beloved ‘hissy’ cat K.D. John was loved by many and will be missed by all…


  • Coronation of Our Lady Parish Food Pantry


  • Visitation Monday, 13 January , 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, 13 January , 2020
  • Committal Service Monday, 13 January , 2020


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Rebecca Hoenshell

January 31, 2020

Dear John Dale,
It’s still hard to believe you’re gone. I always enjoyed chatting with you so much, and there never was a time we didn’t crack up about something. You just had a way about you, that made me happy to be in your presence. You’re deeply missed. I’ll see you again someday. xoxox
Love, Rebecca (your goddaughter)

RJ Sanders

January 14, 2020

Papa John,

My words won’t come easy as this is still shocking and very hard to accept. Thank you for the stories you’ve told me, the knowledge you left with me, the many lessons on cars, the jokes, the one liners, the laughs and just being the best Grandpa ever. Thank you for welcoming Erica and Harmony into our family with open arms and always being willing to help with anything and everything at the drop of a hat. We will miss you a lot, will visit you often but this isn’t goodbye, this is see you later. ❤️

Love Always,
Your Grandson,
RJ (Erica&Harmony, too) 💗


January 13, 2020

I worked with John at Bendix (Honeywell). In the 1970's when my wife started back to work we got her a used car that John kept running till we could get a new one. My wife (Baerbel) from that time always called John her mechanic.
When my wife became an Angle on 30 Dec 2017 i was given this (By UNKNOWN):
I am home in Heaven, dear ones; Oh, so happy and so bright!
There is perfect joy and beauty In this everlasting light.
All the pain and grief is over, Every restless tossing passed;
I am now at peace forever, Safely home in Heaven at last.
Then you must not grieve so sorely, For I love you dearly still:
Try to look beyond earth's shadows, Pray to trust our Father's
There is work still waiting for you, So you must not idly stand;
When that work is all completed, He will gently call you Home;
Oh, the rapture of that meeting, Oh, the joy to see you come!

May the good Lord blessing be on you and yours.
The Kansas City Hospice (816-363-2600) has been a out standing help to me for my great grief.

Teresa Triplett

January 13, 2020

I last saw my wonderful Union Brother in April at the car wash in Lees Summit. I had not seen him since he left Honeywell. He was my Committeeman and I was the Steward. He was a great Brother and Family man. God Bless You Brother. Talked him into a selfie.

Christina Hunt

January 11, 2020

"You pay for your thrills..."
"You're playing Vegas..."
"I'm crossing Metcalf..."
"That knucklehead..."
"I'll text you..."

I love you and miss you so much, Dad...

Jackie Maddox

January 11, 2020

John, my big brother, this is hard to write as I can't believe your not with us any more. My earliest memories are of you telling me briar bear, briar fox and briar rabbit stories. On Christmas day you told me grandma midkiff had told you those stories and we had a good laugh. You were always there to help me with my junky cars. I'd pop the hood, start the engine and hold the phone up so you could tell me what was wrong with the engine. I'm going to miss all our talks about our family history and alternative gas progress. I'm not going to say goodby but I'll see you later. I love you.

Danny Shaw

January 9, 2020

Many Saturday mornings I would drive over to John's house to do maintenance on our "Lee's Summit" car. Knocking on the door as I stepped inside the house, I would holler "Nobody Home!?" Seeing John in his chair, he would holler back "Guard Cat! Guard Cat! Guard Cat!" KD the "Guard Cat" would take off and go hide. Our greeting never got old because we would both get a good laugh out of it. After fixing the car, "Break Time!" (It was in the contract on all of our jobs we did together.) Cups and Cups of coffee, a great time laughing, and a whole lot of story time and talking. From the other room, Ma said we were "Chatty Kathy's." I think that's a "doggie roo." Anyhoo, I am going to miss those mornings, but I am so grateful for that time together because of the knowledge, understanding, and wisdom he passed on to me. To always take care of your family. Help somebody if you can. And be a back up to somebody you love. Thank you John for always being my back up with unconditional love that you and Ma gave me. I am sure the next time I see you, I will hear "Guard Cat! Guard Cat! Guard Cat!" We will get to laugh together again.

Your Son, Danny

Marla Miner Slyman

January 9, 2020

My late husband and John worked together at Bendix.I became to know John when he would come over and fix are cars.He was such a kind hearted person and would go out if his way to help you....My Thoughts and Condolences goes out to all of his Family...Prayers John Rest in Peace you will be missed....🙏🙏🙏

Becky Shaw

January 7, 2020

Hey Pa,
This will be short and very hard to find the words I want to say! I still can't believe this is happening. Everyone is being so strong for each other and for Ma!😔
I guess what I really want to say is because of you and Mom I have everything I could ever have hoped for in a family of my own by watching you both , surrounding us with love , being so kind hearted and of coarse a jokester in us all! That's our family ☺
As always , thank you for all you did for Danny and I and the girls and their families!!
We love you so very much and miss you like we never knew !!
Love you bunches,
your daughter Becky
(your #1 Beetle )

Eileen Maddox

January 7, 2020

I look for you across the room and you're not there....I listen for your voice and do not hear.....I long again for your embrace, to see the twinkle in your hear your laughter from your heart. Until we meet again, my love so dear.
Your loving wife,