Donald Madsen - May 13, 2009Former Aurora resident Donald Madsen, 58, died at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Fla.
He was born Jan. 28, 1951 in Aurora to Edsel Wayne Madsen and Laurine Eloise (Bangs–Beard) Madsen.
He was baptized as an infant in the Methodist Church at Aurora. He attended schools at Aurora where he graduated from high school with the class of 1969. Following high school, he attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, graduating in 1974 with a bachelor of science degree.
On March 26, 1977, he married Sue Walker at Lincoln. To this union a daughter Nichole was born. They were divorced in November of 1987.
He was employed part-time at Custom Pallet, Inc. at Lincoln during college and then full-time after graduation until 1980. He owned and operated Central Park in the East Park Plaza and then Pizza, Subs & More, both in Lincoln from 1980 until 1995. After moving to Florida in 1995, he worked in sales.
In his youth, he was a member of the Boy Scouts and when he was older he enjoyed fishing, boating and water skiing. After moving to Florida, he attended the First United Methodist Church in Dunedin.
He was always willing to lend a hand or to offer support.
Survivors include his daughter Nichole Badura and her husband J.R. (Jeremy) of Lincoln; his granddaughters Alexis and Allyson at home with their parents in Lincoln; his father, Edsel of Republican City and now residing in Clearwater, Fla; two sisters Sherry Laughlin and her husband Lonnie of Potrero, Calif. and Karen Kroeker and her husband Burt of Clearwater, Fla.; a brother David Madsen of Republican City; other relatives; and a host of friends
He was preceded in death by his mother, Laurine, on April 29, 1987.