William C. Madsen -- Rochester

Mr. Madsen

ROCHESTER -- The funeral for William C. Madsen, 78, will be at 2 p.m. today in Ranfranz &; Vine Funeral Homes Chapel in Rochester, with the Rev. Gene Follis officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood East Cemetery.

Mr. Madsen, of Rochester, died Friday (June 30, 2006) at Saint Marys Hospital.

He was born March 25, 1928, in New Ulm, Minn. A graduate of New Ulm High School, he moved to Mazeppa and worked as a bookkeeper at Valley Motor and Implement. On Sept. 9, 1950, he married Barbara Mulholland of rural Mazeppa. He served as an instructor in the Army Signal Corps during the Korean War. After the war, his family moved to Rochester where he worked as a credit manager at the Sherwin-Williams Co. He retired early due to complications of diabetes. He enjoyed his grandchildren, working in his yard, planting trees, and gardening.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, DeAnne (Steve) Holm of St. Charles; two sons, Duane (Beverly) of Rochester and Dale (Darla) of Jordan, Minn.; three sisters, Agnes (Kenneth) Plautz of Minnetonka, Minn., Shirley (Dalaine) Baade of North Mankato, Minn., and Dorothy Dyrssen of Sioux Falls, S.D. Other survivors include four grandchildren, Meghan Holm, Catelyn Holm, Daniel (Tanya) Madsen and David Madsen; and a stepgrandson, Nikolas Hopkins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Neils and Arra Madsen; and two sisters, Lucille Slander and Katherine Sehr.


Visitation will be an hour before the service today at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the Quarry Hill Nature Center of Rochester.

Online memorials can be made at

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