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Ronald Howard Madsen

June 3, 1924 ~ March 11, 2020 (age 95)


Ronald Howard (R.H.) Madsen – Born June 3, 1924 – Died March 11, 2020 – 95 years old

Ronald Howard (R.H.) Madsen was born in Riverton, Utah on June 3, 1924 to Christian Peter and Merial Huggins Madsen.

He had one brother and five sisters.

Following high school, Ron enlisted in the U.S. Navy and spent the remainder of WWII in the South Pacific.  Upon his return from the war, he hired out on the Union Pacific Railroad in Rawlins, Wyoming as a fireman and then later promoted to engineer.  He approached every job he had with enthusiasm and happiness.

On June 3, 1949, he married his lifelong sweetheart, Cleo Bringhurst.  He got married on his birthday, so he would never forget his anniversary.  They were married for 70 years.  Cleo preceded him in death by three weeks.  He was totally devoted to her and took good care of her for as long as he was able.

Ron greeted each day with a renewed sense of optimism.  His whistling could be heard by many of the neighbors as he worked in his garden and his yard.

He was a wonderful father and friend.  With his family in tow, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, water and snow skiing, camping, and many other activities.

Ron is survived by his four children, Steven Howard Madsen (Sue), Susan Madsen Morgan (Bob), Marvin Donn Madsen and Karen Madsen Wood (Russell).  He is also survived by his sister, Katy Madsen Roberts.  He has 11 grandchildren, Monte, Stephanie, Scott, Mitchell, Kristy, Samson, Michael, Kevin, Cole, and Kyle and one step grandson, Arrol.  He also has 15 great grandchildren and three step great grandchildren.

At Ron’s request, there will be a small family memorial at a later date.  In lieu of flowers or gifts, please make a donation to your favorite charity.

Until we meet again, Dad.

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