He was born April 24, 1937, in Riley, to Gomer and Rosie (Snively) Mattox.
He graduated from Tollston High School in 1956.
Bob owned and operated Mattox Ice Service from 1967-94. In 1987, he sold the company to the Atkinson family. During this time, he still participated in the day-to-day operations. In 1991, he re-gained ownership of the company, which he later sold, the block ice plant, to a family in the country of Haiti.
During this time, he also owned and operated Mattox Enterprises, which was an excavating company. He also owned and operated Mattox Marathon in Terre Haute for several years until selling the company back to the Marathon Company.
Bob enjoyed working and spent much of his time doing so. In his free time, he loved being in a boat fishing or in his work shop woodworking.
Mr. Mattox also spent much of his time volunteering for civic organizations. His memberships included Kiwanis Club in Brazil, where he was the club President from 1977-78, where he achieved the Outstanding Leadership Award and served as the Indiana District Distinguished Secretary from 1981-82. He was also a 32nd degree Mason with the Masonic Lodge No. 264 and the Terre Haute Zorah Shrine.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother James Mattox and son Robert Lee Mattox II.
He is survived by his wife Mary, daughter Vickie Waggoner and husband Otho, Terre Haute, Robin McCreery, Michigan, Sonnett Mattox, Brandon Mattox and wife Christina, Terre Haute, grandchildren Natasha, Shawnna, Josh, Amy, Melinda "Sissy," Hanna, two great-grandchildren Kaylee and Hailynn, brother Roy Mattox and wife Donna and sister Ione Autterson.
Services will be at Lawson-Miller Chapel, at 11 a.m., Wednesday.
Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be at Lawson-Miller Chapel from 4-8 p.m., Tuesday.
To light a candle in his memory, visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com.