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David Edwin Madison

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Service Details


Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018

Time: 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Location: Worlein Funeral Home, Austin, MN

Masonic Service to follow at 7:00 p.m. in the chapel




1936 - 2018




Blessed be his memory


Date: Sunday, April 8, 2018

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Location: First United Methodist Church, Austin


Minnesota State
Veterans Cemetery,
Preston, MN
At a later date


David Edwin Madison, age 81 of Austin, Minnesota died Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at Mayo Clinic Health System Austin. He was born December 17, 1936 in Austin to Edwin and Irene (Crandall) Madison.  David attended Whittier Elementary School and graduated from Austin High School in June 1956.  He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps, enlisting in June 1956.  Before his honorable discharge in January 1959, David was stationed in San Diego and Camp Pendleton, California.  He then enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard, serving as a Chief Electricians Mate (E7), retiring in July 1977.  During his time with the Coast Guard, David served in Cape May, New Jersey, Peoria, Illinois, St. Paul, Minnesota, Annette Island Alaska, the Philippines, Vietnam, New York, Key West, Florida, and St. Louis, Missouri.  He earned several decorations while he served his country, including the Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with three battle stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal with device, Navy Unit Commendation, Combat Action Medal, Vietnam Armed Forces Meritorious Unit Citation (Cross of Gallantry), Coast Guard Unit Commendation, and the Cutterman Badge.  In December 1959, David met Essie L. Parker at the U.S.O. Club in St. Louis.  They were married on December 3, 1960 in Sandoval, Illinois and lived happily for 48 years.  To their union, three children were born. Following his retirement from military service, Dave worked as Head of Maintenance at Centreville Township Hospital in Centreville, Illinois.  He moved back to Austin in June 1990 and worked at ShopKo until December 1998.  Dave and Essie were collectors and dealers of antiques and collectibles.  Dave enjoyed collecting equine memorabilia.  He was a member of several civic organizations, including the Masonic Lodge, York Rite Bodies, Shriners, Order of the Eastern Star, V.F.W., Disabled American Veterans, and the American Legion. He was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church.  Dave will be dearly missed by his family and many friends.

Survivors include his children Clint (Vickie) Madison of Cahokia, Illinois, Franny Madison and Eddie (CJ) Madison, both of Austin; 6 grandchildren Matthew, Kelly Ann, William, Joshua, Gregory, Aaron; 11 great-grandchildren Maranda, Jeremiah, Zachary, Ethan, Christopher, Landen, Maddux, Charity, Lucas, David, Wyatt, and his sister Polly (Gene) Jelinek of Austin.  David was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Essie.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Dennis Tamke officiating.  Military honors by V.F.W. Post 1216. Friends may call from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Worlein Funeral Home, with a Masonic Service to follow at 7:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue on Sunday at the church for one hour prior to the service.  Interment will be at a later date at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston.  The family prefers donations in memory of David be directed to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 2025 East River Parkway, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414.  Worlein Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. 

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