Dale Madeson, 90, linked to City Gas success, dies|
|Dale Madeson, who was deeply involved in bringing of natural gas service to in Antigo a half-century ago, along with the development of City Gas Company, died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. He was 90 years old.|
Known as “Gassy” to his Antigo friends, he was truly an original character, born in Belle Plaine, Iowa on June 10, 1923 to Ollie and Ella Madeson.
In high school years, he was a Golden Gloves boxer who went on to the University of Iowa. He joined the Army Air Corps during World War II, earning his flight wings as a PBY Catalina sea rescue pilot for both the Army and the Navy. He brought his proudest and most poignant service memories to life when describing his flight over the site of the Armistice with the Allied Fleet in Tokyo Bay. His family and friends always appreciated his service and dedication.
After his military career, he fell in love with Marna Jean Walters and they were married on Sept. 28, 1949 in Cedar Rapids. The couple were married over 62 years until her death in 2012. Anyone in the family path of Mr. Madeson knew, without many words, that they were both adored and secure.
Also in 1949, Mr. Madeson and his long-time business partner, Bob Rice, bought the City Gas Company. They are credited with bringing natural gas to Antigo and the surrounding communities since 1960. More importantly, he co-founded a company that has provided for the town, and has extended his family of friends in ways he couldn't have imagined.
In earlier days his tracks could be found in the Lions and Elks Clubs. He also played countless rounds of golf at Bass Lake Country Club's golf course. In later years, his time was spent supporting his grandchildren, attending hockey and soccer games and enjoying family visits to Colorado.
He will be missed and is survived by his oldest son, Rod (Diane) Madeson of Antigo and their children, Megan and Rachel (partner Josh); and his younger son, Rick (Cheryl) Madeson of Colorado, and his children Cory and Jessie.
Funeral service will take place at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Strasser-Roller Funeral Home. Rev. Debbie Pimm will officiate. Burial with military honors will take place at Elmwood Cemetery following the service.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
A memorial will be established to Langlade County Humane Society.
Friends may visit online at www.strasserrollerfh.com.
We thank Dale for SO SO many things, but above all, his loyalty to his wife, family, and friends.
Huge thanks to the Ladies of Evergreen Terrace, who cared for, loved and comforted both of our parents in their last days. You are the best.
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