Robert Eugene Madaffer
Robert Eugene Madaffer died on Jan. 18 after a short illness.
He was born May 10, 1927 in Navarre. He graduated from Navarre High School, The Ohio State University and Cornell University. He served in the Navy in World War II. He taught at Whitehall Hall Yearling High School. He was a member of the Academy of Science. He was a member of the American Legion for more than 50 years and a revered member of the Boy’s State Legislative Program. He volunteered at Bexley High School and Bexley Public Schools and was a longtime volunteer and bartender for CAPA. His greatest joy was drum and bugle corp and he followed his favorite corps as they competed across the United States. He was known for his great booming voice and laugh and his passion for science. He loved Christmas, model railroads particularly the Santa Fe Chief, symphonic and baroque music, and a well-made martini with a splash of good scotch.
He is survived by his brother, Thomas Madaffer of Massillon; a sister, Cynthia McFarren (Madaffer); and nieces and nephews. He was loved by his students, many of whom became adopted family that continued to love and support him through his long struggle with Alzheimer’s.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Irene (Sisterhen) Madaffer; and his wife, Faye (Cornelius).
A celebration of his life will be held at noon Saturday, Feb. 11, at Willow Brook at Delaware Run, 100 Delaware Crossing West in Delaware.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Council for Older Adults of Delaware. rodmanneeper.com.