Stanley Burdette Madson


Stanley Burdette Madson age 96 of Westbrook passed away on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at the Westbrook Good Samaritan Care Center.  A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 am Friday, July 28, 2017 at the Immanuel Baptist Church.  Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the Westbrook Funeral Home.  Burial with Military Honors by the Westbrook VFW and American Legion will be held in the Westbrook Cemetery.  Memorials may be given to Immanuel Baptist Church, Westbrook Good Samaritan Care Center, or the Veteran’s Memorial Wall.  Online condolences may be sent at  Stephens Funeral Service – Westbrook Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.


Stanley Burdette Madson was born on February 2, 1921, on the farm Northwest of Storden, Minnesota to Thorvald and Gunda (Hojem) Madson.  He went to school in Storden and later worked as a hired hand for his father.  Right after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Stanley enlisted in the U.S. Army 552nd Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion, and served for about nine months.  He was stationed at Fort Crook, Nebraska and Fort Myers, Florida.  Stanley was a truck driver.  He was honorably discharged to come home and farm his father’s farm.  On November 15, 1945 Stanley married Ruth Erickson at the Immanuel Baptist Church in Westbrook.  To this union, five children were born: John, Sharon, JoAnn, Joyce and David.  The couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary November 15, 2015.  Stanley accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior in the fall of 1947 at special meetings at the Immanuel Baptist Church, where he became a member and served in various ministries through the years.  Stanley enjoyed helping people out however he could.  Throughout his life he had many different jobs: farmer, semi-truck driver, automobile salesman, school bus driver of the #7 “Wildcat” bus, Toro employee for 14 years, and from 1982-2012 (30 years), Stanley was also self-employed with his lawn mowing, snow blowing and repair service.


He is survived by his children: John (Linda) Madson of Westbrook, Sharon (Bruce) Higgs of Greer, SC, JoAnn (Doug) Nelson of Lincoln, NE, Joyce (Rick) Parsons of Greenville, SC, and David (Shelley) Madson of Greer, SC; ten grandchildren: Chad Paplow, Curtis (Shannon) Madson, Timothy (Janelle) Higgs, Aaron Higgs, Amanda Parsons (David) Highhouse, Mackenzie Palmer, Tanner, Brady and Lindsey Madson; nine great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; sister-in-law Margaret Madson; and brother-in-law Fritz Ockenfels. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Ruth, brothers: Floyd and Joseph Madson, sisters: Thelma Madson, Gracella Ockenfels and Moina Bernston.


  1. Deanna Haycraft McDaniel says:

    Stanley was a wonderful Christian, husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He was very good to me as your neighbor for many years. So sorry for your loss. Praying for the family.

  2. Eunice Christensen says:

    My sincere condolences to the Madson family. Stanley will be remembered for his kindness to others. When my brother, Terrence Keller, had surgery some years ago, Stan helped out by mowing lawns that Terry usually mowed. That was so very nice of him to think of doing that during Terry’s recovery. Stan will be missed by his family, his church, and all who knew him. My love and prayers for all of you. Eunice (Keller) Christensen, Clive, IA

  3. Linda Johnson Kleven says:

    Stanley and Ruth were very special to me as I visited them at Good Samaritan. Stanley always had a good smile for me even if he was a little sad that day, or if he was feeling poorly. Sympathies to all the family for your loss.

  4. Donald Fogelson,Westbrook,Mn says:

    My condolences to the family, Don Fogelson

  5. Fràn Fier says:

    My sympathy to all. I spent many fun times at the Madsen house! Ruth and Stanley were great parents and Christian role models! Stanley had a huge smile and made everyone feel good, on the bus , at home or in the community.

  6. Jeanie Mauch Cummings says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. I have fond memories of being in the Madsen home.

  7. Donald Fogelson,Westbrook,Mn says:

    I’d like to share my condolences with your family. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
    -Don Fogelson

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