Edward H. Madison, age 89, of Madison, died Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at the Avera Flandreau Hospital. Memorial services will be 10:30 AM, Friday, January 7, 2022, at the Ellsworth Funeral Home in Madison. Inurnment will follow at the St. Thomas Catholic Cemetery in Madison.
Edward was born on June 22, 1932, in Minnesota, to Floyd and Alma (Wieneke) Madison. In 1955, he married Trudy Bents and together they had six children. In 1977, he married Victoria Madison and an additional child and four step-children were added to his family. Edward served during the Korean War as a mechanic. Throughout his career he held various positions including being a regional furnace repairman for ICAP, a welder at Gehl, a truck driver, and he owned his own small machine repair and saw sharpening business.
He was always working with his hands whether it was cars, small machines, he built his own tractor, loved his big gardens, and made yard ornaments. He built his home and barn himself. The barn with Madison written in shingles. He was wicked smart and quick witted with a stubborn crabby exterior. He had strong beliefs in the catholic church and was a lifetime member of the VFW. He worked hard every day of his life and believed that if you worked hard you could be anything you wanted to be. He is an honorary graduate of Madison High School. He loved to watch old western movies and shows and the news. He was a collector of most things and enjoyed reveling in his treasures. He also did woodworking and loved to be in his shop. He was the first to volunteer to help when someone needed it, although the words caring, loving, and compassionate wouldn’t normally come up as the top descriptors, once you got past the rough exterior, you couldn’t ask for a better friend.
He is survived by his eight children, Pam (Doug) Koehn, Edward (Debi) Madison, Cindy (Lyle) Koehn, Kenneth (Deborah) Madison, Holli (Jeff) Lewandowski, Angie (Jared) Wollan, Delain (Jon) Damm, and Charlie (Crystal) Howe; 12 grandchildren; 17 step-grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; 33 step-great-grandchildren; siblings, Joyce Faragher, Dianne Beckmann, Leroy (Alverna) Madison, Earl (Marilyn) Madison, Morris Madison, Margaret Peck, and Rita Becker.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his children and step-children, Paulette, Kandi, and Mark; and his siblings, Gary Madison, Janet Madison, Joan Taylor, and Agnes Beckmann.