Donald Boory Maddrell

Jul 22, 1920 - Apr 8, 2013


Donald Boory Maddrell, 92, residing at 2215 Westwind Drive, Sandusky, passed away peacefully Monday afternoon, April 8, 2013. in his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born July 22, 1920, in Canton, Ohio, son of the late Paul William Maddrell and Gladys Boory Maddrell, of Minerva, Ohio, where he lived for the next 18 years.

He then attended Western Reserve University in Cleveland where he received B.A., L.L.B. and J.D. degrees. He was social chairman of Phi Gamma Delta, and house manager of Delta Theta Phi, his legal fraternity.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1942-46 in the European Theater of Operations, moving through France, Holland, Belgium and Germany, entering Berlin with the 1st Allied Airborne Army as sergeant major of an engineer combat group. He was honorably discharged with numerous honors in 1946.
A man of quick wit, incisive intelligence and legendary vocabulary, he was a noted storyteller and raconteur who loved to “hold court” with his friends. He was a child prodigy as a jazz musician, performing professionally on alto, tenor and soprano saxophones from the age of 14. He loved a good game of gin rummy, as well as golf, shooting, fishing and boating. In the summer of 1955 he single-handedly saved seven people from a burning boat on Lake Erie, and then went back to put out the fire. For this he was awarded the prestigious Bronze Plaque from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Don practiced law in Cleveland for eight years, then came to Sandusky in 1961 and founded the firm Tone, Maddrell and Eastman, from which he retired in 1986.

His memberships included the American Bar Association, Cleveland Bar Association, Erie County Bar Association (president and trustee), American Judicative Society, Pine Ridge Country Club, Cleveland, Royal Palm Country Club, Naples, Fla., Plum Brook Country Club, Sandusky, Huron Yacht Club, Gravel Bar Yacht Club (founder and secretary), Sandusky Yacht Club (commodore and trustee), U.S. Power Squadron, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (life member), and Erie County Conservation League (life member).

Including his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 64 years, Jane C. (Fritz) Maddrell and a beloved grandson, Christopher McCoy.

He is survived by his son, Paul (Carla) Maddrell, of Cape Elizabeth, Me.; daughters, Betsy (David) McCoy, of Hilton Head Island, S.C., and Mary Gail (John) Betz of Fitchburg, Wis.; grandson, Fitz Maddrell; granddaughter, Katherine Bonnel; and cousin, John Maddrell.

After the death of his wife in 2007, he was brought much comfort and companionship by Heather O'Dor and her wonderful daughter Jayne, as well as his neighbors and best friends, Kathy and Bob Strayer.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. Friday, April 12, until his service at 11 a.m. at Groff Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky. Pastor John Mawhirter will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions in Donald’s name may be directed to Stein Hospice Services, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870.

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