Howard C. Madson

Howard C. Madson, 90, of Chetek, Wis., passed away on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, surrounded by his family at Mayo Clinic Health System, formerly Luther Hospital, in Eau Claire, Wis.

Howard was born Jan. 28, 1929, in Emmons, Minn., the son of Clarence and Eva Madson. He was baptized and confirmed at Emmons Lutheran Church, and graduated from Emmons High School in 1947.

He attended Waldorf College at Forest City, Iowa, and in April 1949, he married Carol L. Muller, of Blooming Prairie, Minn., who was a nursing student at Naeve Hospital in Albert Lea, Minn. In June 1949, he joined the National Guard and served his country as Sgt. Howard C. Madson.

After an honorable discharge from the Army, Howard settled in Albert Lea with his wife, Carol, and family to begin a 20-year career in retail management with J.C. Penney. He managed retail stores in Iowa and Wisconsin, and in 1978, he started his own business, Madson’s Coast to Coast Hardware Store, in Barron, Wis.  

After retirement, Howard and Carol relocated to Chetek in 2008.  

His love for the outdoors and fishing stayed with him through the years. Family and their well-being was of the utmost importance to him and he always supported their endeavors.

Howard is survived by his wife of 70 years, Carol, of Chetek; his son, Ralph (Cindy) Madson, of Island Lake, Wis.; his daughters, Dianne Benning, of Goldendale, Wash., and Nancy (Jeffrey) Young, of Vicksburg, Mich.; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and brothers Robert Madson, of White Bear Lake, Minn., Charles (Judy) Madson, of Ventura, Iowa, and Gary (Kate) Madson, of Long Lake, Minn.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, David Jon Madson; and his brother, Duane Madson.

Funeral services for Howard will be held on Thursday, Sept. 19, at noon at Chetek Lutheran Church in Chetek, with Rev. Guy Redfield officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday morning. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. at Wayside Cemetery in Barron with military honors. 

Arrangements are being handled by Rausch and Steel Funeral Home in Barron.

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