LODGE, Ill. – Gaylord T. "Gay" Maden, 84, of Lodge, Ill., passed away at 1:43 p.m. on May 20, 2011, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
Services will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 24, at Trigg & Calvert Chapel, DeLand, with Pastor Phil Hansen officiating. Burial will be at DeLand Cemetery with military honors. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, with Masonic services at 7 P.M. at the chapel. Memorials may be directed to Post 102 DeLand Legion or Faith In Action, Monticello.
He was born Dec. 30, 1926, in DeLand to Grace Evalena (Hoover) Maden and James Landrum Maden. He lived in DeLand and later entered World War II, where he served in the Philippines in the Army and later transferred to the Air Force in Korea.
In 2009, he flew on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., where World War II veterans were recognized.
Gaylord married Dolores R. Fitzwater on July 13, 1949, in DeLand. She survives. Also surviving are one son, Jeffery T. (Trudy) Maden of Lodge; one daughter, Jennifer G. Eades (Kenny) of Champaign; one granddaughter, Danielle Maden of White Heath, and several beloved nieces and nephews.
He worked in the Conservation Department for the State of Illinois. He went on to become a carpenter and learned several other trades. He always had the uncanny ability to fix or make about anything.
He was a farmer for more than 61 years in Piatt County, living 53 of those years in the house that he built with his own hands. In 1962 he was presented with an award of merit by the Illinois State Fair Board as one of the Outstanding Farm Families in Piatt County.
He was a very caring and loving husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather and friend. His laughter and joyful spirit will never be forgotten. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
His interests included golfing, fishing, trap shooting, cb's, hunting, photography, playing poker and most of all socializing.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Herbert Maden; two sisters, Virginia Maden and Carol McCullough; and a niece, Marcia Dianne McCullough.
He was a member of the DeLand Methodist Church, a former member of the board of directors of Monticello Grain Company, charter member of VFW Post 5346, Monticello, member of Lincoln Post 102 DeLand Legion for 64 years, DeLand #812 AF & AM for 60 years, Bloomington Consistory for 60 years, Ansar Shrine, member of Champaign Elks 2497, 41-year member of the Royal Order of Jesters Court #20, former honorary member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce in Monticello, former member of the Piatt County Board of Review and former member of Piatt County Farm Bureau's Trap Shoot Team and a drainage district member for DeLand and Lodge. He was also a former member of the Monticello Golf Club. He was proud of having shot a hole-in-one at the Monticello Golf Club and at a course in Boca