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Reuben Madson


A Celebration of Life Service for Reuben Madson, age 89, of Westbrook, will be held Saturday, June 22nd at 11:00 AM at LifePoint Church in Storden with Pastor Stanton Petersen officiating. Burial will follow at LifePoint Church Cemetery in rural Westbrook.

A time of visitation and gathering will be held on Friday, June 21st from 4:00-7:00 PM at LifePoint Church in Storden. Visitation will continue on Saturday at the church from 10:00 to 11:00 AM.

Reuben Thor Madson, Jr. was born, along with his twin sister, Ruth Marie, on January 15, 1935, to Reuben and Mabel (Olson) Madson of Storden. “Junior Madson” grew up loving the farm and graduated from Storden High School in 1952.

After working at the local lumberyard and elevator for several years, he volunteered for the draft and served in the U.S. Army for two years, principally at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, where he taught radio school. At the time of his high school graduation, he began courting his sweetheart, Marcy Carey. They were married 5 ½ years later, on December 14, 1957. The couple lived in Missouri for 1 ½ years, at Devil’s Elbow, where their first son, Mick, was born. While there, they were charter members of a new church.

Upon discharge from the Army, they returned to the family farm and had three more children, Greg, Robin and B.J. Unable to see how he could ever purchase one acre of ground, Reuben knelt in the dirt one day and in tears asked the Lord to be his partner. His close relationship with the Lord was bolstered by a lifelong habit of time in the Word and prayer every morning, regardless of the activities of the day.

In 1965, they purchased a farm site near Double Lake. Family years were fun years, “We worked hard, and we played hard.” Winters were snowmobile trips and summers were motorbikes and watersports at their cabin at Lake Shetek. Reuben enjoyed the fun of school sports and activities, then college and bringing spouses into the family. Robin moved to Minneapolis and the three boys all returned home to farm.

Then came the great years of grandchildren. Reuben and Marcy did not want to miss any of their activities and gave up the idea of becoming “snowbirds”, but they enjoyed several trips each year visiting most of the mainland states, as well as Hawaii, Alaska and Switzerland.

At age 65, they built a retirement home at Lake Shetek to give the boys more autonomy in the farming operation. However, five years later, they were blessed to return home and build on Double Lake where they could assist in farming and enjoy their retirement years.

Farming was a part of his being, and his passion for excellence was evident in his fields, his vehicles, his dress, his homes, and his yard. He also raised breeding stock with leading swine genetics, delivering to many states.

Reuben greatly enjoyed sports, excelling in football, basketball and baseball in his school years. He was a passionate fan of the Minnesota professional sports teams, attending many Viking games through the years and rarely missing a televised game.

Throughout his life Reuben possessed a deep faith in God. After accepting Christ as his Savior at the age of eleven at Camp Shetek, this personal relationship became the foundation of his life. His counsel was sought after, as one who would tell the truth that needed to be told. He was known for his strong handshake and warm hugs.

A member of Storden Baptist Church, now LifePoint Church, Reuben was active as a Sunday School teacher, superintendent, deacon, financial secretary and sang in the choir. He also served many years on the boards of North Central CBA, the American Pig Development Company, and the Currie branch of the Chicago Northwestern Railroad.

He enjoyed special relationships with his children, grandchildren and his 25 great-grandchildren. His life was blessed by the deep love of his wife, his family and his many friends.

On Thursday, June 13, 2024, Reuben passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, at his residence in Westbrook.

Reuben is survived by his wife of 66 years, Marcy; four children, Mick (Robin) Madson of Westbrook, Greg (Joyce) Madson of Westbrook, Robin (Todd Taapken) Engstrom of Prior Lake, and B.J. (Pam) Madson of Westbrook; five siblings, Jan Bartels of Sioux Falls, Ruth (Ron) Quade of Woodbury, Arliss (Donald) Rust of Orchard Park, NY, Keith (Barbara) Madson of Annandale, and Chuck (Tina) Madson of Faribault; twelve grandchildren and spouses, Anthony Madson, Lexi Hansen, Danielle Engelskirger, T.J. Engstrom, Jasmine Kurtgis, Bridget Carlson, Jordan, Dominick, Marcus, and Evan Madson, Chanel Schmidt, and Dana Madson; 25 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Reuben Sr. and Mabel Madson; brother, Wayland and his wife Lucy Madson; and brother-in-law, Roger Bartels.

Blessed be the memory of Reuben T. Madson.

Arrangements are under the care of the LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom. Condolences and memories of Reuben may be sent online to www.lacannefuneralhome.com.


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