Marty Miller Maddox, 69, of Indianapolis, Ind., formerly of Harrisburg, entered into the God's Kingdom on Aug. 28, 2023. He passed away peacefully in the Cardiovascular Care Unit at Ascension St. Vincent Hospital with Cheryl, his wife of 35 years, by his side.
Marty was the youngest of three children born to parents Lindell and Katherine Maddox. The family moved to Harrisburg when Marty was a young boy. At age 13, Marty was baptized at the First Baptist Church of Harrisburg. He actively participated in church life and as an older teen, took seminary extension courses through the church.
Marty was a graduate of Harrisburg High School, where he played baseball, basketball and football. He went on to complete a bachelor of arts in philosophy at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Marty later earned a master of divinity from Northern Seminary (Lombard), a master of arts in philosophy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a master of sacred theology from Andover Newton Theological School (Newton, Mass.), and a Ph.D. in systematic theology at the Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley, Calif.).
Marty exemplified commitment to God, the church and his calling as a teaching minister. In 1990, Marty was ordained to ministry by the Boston Southwest Association of the American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts. He served three churches in the Boston area and two in Illinois. Marty also was an instructor at various colleges, including Indiana University East in Richmond and Moraine Valley Community College in suburban Chicago.
Marty's keen and quirky sense of humor was well-known by his family and friends. He loved to joke with and tease others, especially his wife, Cheryl. She and Marty enjoyed watching classic films, especially film noir, science fiction, Hammer horror, and old-fashioned monster movies (Godzilla). Ray Harryhausen films were another favorite.
Alternately, Marty loved nothing more than discussing theology, which he happily would have done 24/7. For Marty, having a deep and meaningful conversation with a serious partner was pure joy!
Marty was preceded in death by his parents, Lindell and Katherine; his brother, Dennis; and his sister, Kay MacCatherine. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl, and his half-sister, Betty Magin of Scottsdale, Ariz.
A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Oct. 21, 2023, at Northview Church of the Brethren, 5555 East 46th St., Indianapolis, Ind. Pastor Rob Miller is officiating. The Neptune Society was charged with handling the cremation arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Morris Library at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared by visiting Neptune Society obituaries.