Edsel Wayne Madsen - September 30, 2009Edsel Wayne Madsen was born the first child of two children to Ed C. Madsen and Mrs. Hannah (Nielsen) Madsen on Feb. 2, 1918 at Jackson, Minn. He died at his daughter’s home at Clearwater, Fla., on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009, at the age of 91.
About one year after he was born, Edsel moved with his parents to Hamilton County, Nebraska where the family farmed for many years. In 1931, they moved to Hampton, where his father was occupied as a painter.
Edsel was baptized and confirmed at the Danish Lutheran Church in Hampton. He attended schools at Hampton where he graduated from high school with the class of 1935. After graduation, he became employed at the First National Bank of Hampton until 1940.
On April 28, 1940, Madsen was united in marriage to Laurine Eloise Beard at her parent’s home at Aurora. To this union four children were born, two daughters, Sherry and Karen, and two sons, Donald and David. The Madsens established their home in Aurora until moving to Washington DC in December of 1940, where Edsel worked for the Civil Service War Department. Early in 1942 they moved to Greensboro, N.C., where Edsel was employed as a deputy collector for the Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Treasury Department.
On May 15, 1943, Edsel entered the U.S. Army at Fort Crook, Neb. He received his basic training with the Seventeenth Army Division and was assigned to the Air Force Cadet Training Facility near Gulfport, Miss. He became part of the Fifteenth Army Headquarters and served over a year in the United Kingdom, France, Belgium and Germany. He received the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the American Theater Medal, the Army Occupation Medal, and was awarded the Bronze Battle Star for a battle in Germany. He was honorably discharged on Dec. 23, 1946.
He then reclaimed his job with the Internal Revenue Service, working in Grand Island as a field auditor and residing in Aurora. He served as a field auditor until his retirement in 1976.
In 1958 he earned his CPA certificate. During this time Edsel and Laurine continued to make their home in Aurora where their four children were born and raised.
After his retirement and after their youngest child David left home Edsel and Laurine moved to the home he built in Taylor Manor near Republican City, Neb. in 1975.
On April 29, 1987 Edsel’s wife Laurine preceded him in death. In November 2008, Edsel visited his daughter and son-in-law in Clearwater, Fla., and after being diagnosed with lung cancer, stayed with them until his death.
Edsel was a member of the American Legion Post No. 141 at Hampton, was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 15028 of Nebraska, the B.P.O. Elks Grand Lodge No. 58 at Aurora, and was a Master Mason with Lodge No. 68 A.F. & A.M. of Aurora.
In addition to his wife, Edsel was preceded in death by his parents; his son Donald; and a brother-in-law, Victor Jensen.
He is survived by his two daughters, Sherry (Lonnie) Laughlin of Potrero, Calif., and Karen (Burt) Kroeker of Clearwater, Fla; his son David Madsen of Republican City; six grandchildren, Keith Laughlin of Spring Valley, Calif., Kristin Martin of Grafton, Calif., Joy Clarke of Moncton, Calif., Heath Kroeker of Clearwater, Fla., Chad Kroeker of Largo, Fla., Nicole Badura of Lincoln; 11 great grandchildren; five nieces and nephews; his sister Mary Lou Jensen of Rochester, Wash; other relatives and many friends.