Services for Mr. Edwin P. Madsen, 78, of Rembrandt, Iowa, will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2007, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Laurens with Rev. Allan Reicks and Rev. Dale Launderville concelebrating the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be at Lone Tree Cemetery at Sioux Rapids with full military rites presented by the Sioux Rapids American Legion Post 394.
Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. on Friday, November 16, at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake, where the family will be present. A Legion of Mary Rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m. and a parish vigil service will be held at 7 p.m., at the funeral home during the visitation hours. Those who wish to send online condolences to the family may do so via the funeral home Web site: www.fratzkejensen.com.
Edwin Patrick Madsen, died Wednesday, November 14, 2007, at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.
Mr. Madsen was born on March 10, 1929, in Denison, the son of Edwin Albert and Marie Catherine (Sheridan) Madsen. He was baptized as an infant and confirmed as a youth into the Catholic faith. Ed attended classes at Havelock and Lincoln Lee Township schools before graduating from Rembrandt High School in 1946. He then served in the United States Army during the Korean conflict before he was honorably discharged.
On June 17, 1953, Ed was united in holy matrimony with Bonnie Lenz in Spencer. The couple was blessed with 10 children: Terry, Rich, Ron, Pat, Paul, Mary Jo, Dave, Dan, Sherry and Eddie.
Ed loved the land and spent his life farming and raising cattle. He was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sioux Rapids and served as a Lee township trustee. He also served as both a member and president of the Rembrandt and later Sioux Rapids/Rembrandt school boards. He was an avid supporter of the Rembrandt and Sioux Rapids Fire Departments.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 54 years, Bonnie, of Rembrandt; his children: Terry Movall of Storm Lake; Rich (Linda) Madsen of Rembrandt; Ron (Karla) Madsen of Rembrandt; Pat (Milly) Madsen of West Bend; Paul (Joy) Madsen of Sioux Rapids; Mary Jo (Jim) Davis of Storm Lake; Dave (Lori) Madsen of Marathon; Dan (Michele) Madsen of Albert City; Sherry (Ryan) Mandernach of Newell and Edwin A. (Lindsey) Madsen of Storm Lake; brothers: Merle (Lorraine) Madsen of Camdenton, Mo.; Melvin (Phyllis) Madsen of Laurens, Gerald (Marge) Madsen of Cherokee; Clarence (Marie) Madsen of Okabena, Minn.; Duane (Joan) Madsen of Heron Lake, Minn.; and Robert (Sandy) Madsen of Heron Lake, Minn.; sisters: Maxine (Lee) Launderville of Lakeside; Jean Madsen of Lakefield, Minn.; sisters-in-law: Arleen Ivers of Schaller and Eunice Shepard of Spirit Lake. He is also survived by 29 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, extended family and a host of friends.
Preceding Ed in death were his parents and one brother, Dale Madsen.