Maddox Lee Crabtree was born on June 14, 2006, in Wichita to Nancy Jo Mueller and Jeremy Crabtree. He died on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, in McPherson County.
He had been a student at Sunset Elementary in Newton through the third grade and completed his fourth grade year at Northridge Elementary. He was an avid soccer and baseball player and was a member of the Juventus U10 soccer team. He loved to read, especially Harry Potter, and Calvin and Hobbes, and he loved nature, whether fishing and watching out for frogs and turtles, hiking trails or going on bird walks, where he could identify many birds. He had started learning woodworking skills from his grandpa and had made wooden mice toys for this year’s MCC sale.
Maddox attended Bethel College Mennonite Church, North Newton, where he was a member of the fourth- and fifth-grade Sunday school class and an “ex-officio” member of the church’s high school youth group.
Maddox is survived by his mother, Nancy Mueller; his stepdad, Jacob Schrag; father Jeremy Crabtree of Corpus Christi, Texas; grandparents Jim and Melanie Mueller; grandmother Charmaine Zerger; aunt Becky Mueller; great-grandmother Ruth Boese; numerous family members and friends; his cat Khaleesi; and his dog Monroe. Maddox brought great joy wherever he went.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 5, 2016, at Bethel College Mennonite Church, 2600 College Ave., North Newton. A memorial has been set up in honor of Maddox for Caring Hands Humane Society, Newton.