Funeral services for Einar K. Madsen, 88, were conducted by Pastor Christopher Martin on Friday, Sept. 25, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Audubon, Iowa. Interment will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Audubon. Honorary casket bearers were Friendship Home Health Center Nursing Staff. Casket bearers wee Tim Madsen, Tom Madsen, Phil Madsen, Roger Madsen, Mike Madsen and Kim Krauel. Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon was in charge of the arrangements.
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Einar Kenneth Madsen, the son of Hans and Sophie Lauritzen Madsen, was born Nov. 10, 1920, at his parents' home in Sharon Township, Audubon County, Iowa and died Sept. 22, 2009, at the Friendship Home in Audubon, at the age of 88 years, 10 months, and 12 days.
Einar was baptized at Ebenezer Lutheran Church west of Audubon and confirmed at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Audubon. He attended rural school in Cameron Township in Audubon County. He helped his father operate the family farm. In 1948, he farmed for Clarence Lauritsen.
On Jan. 6, 1949, he was united in marriage to Dorothy E. Kauffman at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Audubon. Three children Kenneth, Kathleen and Terry were born to this union. They lived on and operated a farm in Melville Township, Audubon County, for 56 years where he raised crops and livestock. Dorothy died Dec. 27, 2002. Einar farmed for another year, then moved to the Friendship Home in Audubon in November of 2004 due to health reasons.
Einar was a member of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Audubon and a member of the Farm Bureau. Einar loved farming and worked hard all his life, providing for his family. Einar enjoyed other people and loved to chat and visit with his friends and family.
Preceding him in death, in addition to his wife. were his son Kenny Madsen; his parents; his sister Leona and husband Glen Fulton; his brother Emmert Madsen; his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Becky Madsen, Barb Madsen, Russell Kauffman, Ollivene and husband Allison Deist; his nieces and nephews: Harold Madsen, Jr., Mary Jane Spangler, Robert Plagman, and Roger Winther; great-grand nieces: Carissa Madsen and Rebecca Ann Madsen.
Survivors include his children: Kathy and Brian Jensen of Hamlin; and Terry and Karen Madsen of Whittier, Calif.; his grandchildren: Shelby Kate Jensen of Ames; Tyler Hans and Michelle Madsen; Lindsey Josephine Madsen, all of Whittier; his brothers: Harold and Betty Madsen of Glidden; Alton Madsen; Maynard and Rose Madsen; H. Leo and Janice Madsen, all of Audubon; his sister-in-law Alice Kauffman of Audubon; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Oct. 1 to Oct. 2, 2009