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Obituary for Larry Madsen
Larry Madsen Anthon, Iowa - Larry Madsen, 78, of Anthon, Iowa died surrounded by his family Friday, September 19, 2014 at his home following a long illness. The funeral service will be Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at the Anthon United Methodist Church with Pastor Janet Rieckhoff-Faris officiating. Burial will be in Fairfield Cemetery at Rock Branch, rural Correctionville, Iowa. Visitation will be Monday, September 22 after 4:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Anthon, Iowa. The family is receiving condolences on line at www.armstrongfuneral.com. Phillip Larry Madsen was born November 17, 1935, on the family farm west of Anthon, the same farm that he still lived on.. He was one of two children born to M. Peter and E. Opal (Yockey) Madsen. He graduated from Anthon High School with the class of 1954. He worked for a short time at Gothier Mink Farm at Anthon and Westendorf Manufacturing in Smithland, Iowa. His life career, however, was in farming, a job that provided Larry with a deep sense of pride. On April 10, 1960, he was united in marriage to Barbara Finch Elving at the First Baptist Church in Alcester, South Dakota. Together, Larry and Barb had six children, three daughters and three sons. During a 10 year span, they also welcomed 30 foster children in to their home. Larry's passion in life was gardening, both vegetables and flowers. He loved receiving the numerous seed catalogs and viewed them with a spirit of excitement and anticipation. It was said that if he could find a spot, he would grow something on it! Above all, Larry, however, was all about the deep love he had for his family, a tradition that is carried on in his children. He was a member of the Anthon United Methodist Church. Those family members left to honor Larry are Barb, his wife of 54 years; his six children, Wendy Hanson and her husband, Dale of Centennial, Colorado, Penny Rosso and her husband, Larry of Omaha, Nebraska, Crystal Dewey and her husband, Kenny of Vancleave, Mississippi, Tim Madsen and his wife, Tina and Peter Madsen and his wife, Jolynn, all of Holstein, Iowa, and John Madsen of Anthon, Iowa; 11 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; and one sister, Jean Bradshaw and her husband, Bob of Omaha, Nebraska; along with other extended family members. He was preceded in death by his parents.