Robert Duane Padelford
Robert Duane Padelford passed away on January 30, 2021 at his home surrounded by family. Born April 27, 1930 to John Carlton Padelford Sr. and Hilda Madsen of Peoria Arizona, Bob was raised on a ranch near Peoria where his parents homesteaded. He graduated from Peoria High and then attended Arizona State University where he played football, basketball and baseball. He also proudly served his country in the Korean War as a Naval officer.
After completing his bachelor's degree, he and his wife, Phyllis, raised their young family of four children. Early in the life of this family, Phyllis lost a battle with cancer. Later, Bob married Barbara and during their long marriage, they added four more boys to the family.
More than anything else, his Christian faith was at the forefront of everything he did, and Bob will be remembered for his love of people, his sense of humor and his commitment to God. He loved to joke and tease and had a playful smile that spoke love louder than any words he could say.
Bob is survived by his wife, Barbara, his children: Brenda Dickson and husband Rick; Robert Padelford, Jr. and wife Melissa; Deanne Hutchison and husband Mark; Sherrie Tucker and husband Brian; Michael Padelford and wife Gina; Scott Padelford; Mark Padelford and wife Julie; Brian Padelford and wife Karen; 26 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
The family is grateful to all who generously donated towards care and funeral expenses, and they look forward to gathering and remembering Bob with everyone. A celebration of life for all of Bob's friends and family will be scheduled later in the fall.
Published by The Arizona Republic from Feb. 8 to Feb. 12, 2021.