Madsen Lawrence Obituary (1928 – 2021) – Green Bay, WI
Larry was born July 16, 1928 in Phelps, WI to Bernita and Meade Madsen. He graduated from Phelps High School and continued his studies in industrial education, obtaining both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Stout State University (UW Stout). He began his teaching career at Niagara High School in 1957. He then moved to Green Bay in 1959 and taught at Franklin Middle School, Lombardi Middle School and Southwest High School. He taught many students during his 36 years and retired from teaching in 1993. He has kept in touch with many alumni, and in the years since his retirement, if anyone needed auto repairs, he still knew a former student who worked or ran an auto store in the area who could help.
Larry was a Korean War veteran, serving as a staff sergeant in the military after graduating from college in 1951.
Larry married Bonnie Bush in 1960 in Niagara, WI. They settled in Green Bay where they raised their five children. Larry was an active member of the Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sunday School teacher, church board member, usher, and a member of many church committees. He always looked forward to his time with the Bethel men’s group for breakfast, Bible study, and fellowship.
Larry and his father Meade built their summer home on South Twin Lake in Phelps, WI in 1967. Being a teacher allowed summers to be spent at the cottage. The end of the school year meant loading the family into the station wagon and heading north for the summer. Larry was always busy every summer doing various “handyman” jobs, boating and skiing with his family, fishing with his children and grandchildren, picking blueberries and raspberries and enjoying the beauty. of the Northwoods. Her memory will live on in the gift of the chalet which will always be a special place full of wonderful memories for her family.
Larry will be sadly missed by his family and friends. If his children needed help fixing their house or car, they would call dad who always came to help them with his tools and knowledge. His children are grateful for the many skills they learned and for the fact that he was always there when they needed help. He’s never been the type to sit still. He was always busy building or fixing something, or talking with family and friends, often sharing stories about his childhood in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.
Larry was predeceased by his son Eric and his parents. He is survived by his wife Bonnie of 61 years; children Lori (Matthew) Knable (Green Bay), Scott Madsen (De Pere), Todd (Sharon) Madsen (De Pere) and Amy (Edward) Lee (Appleton); grandchildren Lacey (Ben) Mubanga, Cade Madsen, Meg Madsen, Hannah Lee and Elissa Lee; brother Herb (Helen) Madsen (Batavia IL) and sister Lenore Alban (West Melbourne, FL).
A private family service will be held on Thursday, October 28, 2021 at Bethel Lutheran Church with Reverend Kim Swenson as officiant. Interment will take place in the Nicolet Memorial Gardens.
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Posted by Lyndahl Funeral Home on October 22, 2021.