Roger L. “Jim” Madden, 89, formerly from Sheboygan Falls, WI passed into eternal life to meet his beloved wife, Mary Ann on Thursday March 3, 2016 at Agrace Hospice, Madison.

He was born July 22, 1926, the only child of Mabel Louret and Raymond T. Madden, he lived his childhood in Waldo, WI on his grandparents farm and was a well-known, long-time fixture in Waldo, Sheboygan Falls and Plymouth before moving to Madison to be closer to his children.

He attended Waldo schools and enjoyed ice skating at the Mill Pond, spending time at Drewry’s farm, basketball and other sports, swimming at Lake Ellen at Harbor Lights, and hiking to Parnell Tower, passing those activities onto his wife and children.

He entered the US Navy in 1944, served in WWII on the aircraft carrier US Boxer, working in the ship store and traveling to Hawaii, Guam, and Japan, walking into Tokyo following the surrender. He was a proud 68-year member of the Ameblang- Lau-Ebelt American Legion Post # 386 in Cascade. Returning to Sheboygan after the war, he met the love of his life and partner for 61 years, Mary Ann P. Bushway, uniting in marriage August 2, 1952. Together they raised 6 children, 2 daughters and 4 sons, living in Sheboygan Falls and working at Wierman-Louret International Harvestor Dealership as a mechanic specialist.

He loved polka music, going to Badger basketball games, tracking his Garside and Louret family genealogy, history, driving and road trips; taking the family on tours to 1967 World’s Fair in Montreal Canada, Washington DC, and to visit family in Janesville, Chicago, Madison, Virginia, Massachusetts, Florida, and New Hampshire. He was most proud and happy of the success, activities, and lives of his children, helping to put them all through college, helping guide them to professional and family life, and teaching them practical skills like reading a map, upkeep of cars and homes, keeping current on world events and politics. That connection continued to his grandchildren; he and Mary Ann traveled to visit their children and families to help with births, babysit, taking all out to breakfast, going to museums and Badger tailgates. With a keen intellect and sharp sense of humor, he provided quick and witty quips to many, from servers in restaurants to family members and friends, countless stories of the war, his travels and his experiences as well as an occasional lecture to make sure you do the right and safe thing and help people as much as you can. Even on one of his last days, the doctor asked, “How do you feel Mr. Madden?” He replied “With my fingers!” He worked his whole life to provide a comfortable and happy life to his wife, children and grandchildren, where you could always have a home to come back to with so much love, caring, strength and support. Dad, we miss you already, there is a big, bright spark of light missing from the world which was you and your big, caring personality.

Roger is survived by his children and grandchildren, son Robert (Marie), Kimberly and Matthew Madden, Rockford; son Mark (Kathleen), Eric, Melanie (Matt), Brianne and Caitlin Madden, Chicago; daughter Patricia Madden-Ripp, Renee (Justin) Evan and Ryann Schutte , Amber and Gwen Ripp, Rio; son James (Sue) Madden, Michelle and Ashley, Waunakee; daughter Kathleen Madden (Tom) and Nicholas Schoenfeld, Madison; son Paul (Kathryn) Madden, Stoughton; siblings Marjorie Reed, Mary Elizabeth (Les) Schumacher, Janesville; Cousin Maurice John Louret, Avoca; sister-in-law Mildred Schrader, Plymouth and many other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his wife, mother, grandparents; John and Catherine Louret; son- in- law: Floyd Ripp, father RT; and brother: John Madden; in-laws Ceil and Chet Dobrzynski, Leon James and Dorothy Bushway, nephews: Jeff Schumacher and Bill Madden.

Funeral services will be held on Friday afternoon March 11, 2016 at 1 p.m.. at the Suchon Funeral Home in Plymouth. Visitation will be held at the Suchon Funeral Home on Friday from 11 a.m. until the time of services. Interment will be in the Hingham Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial is being established in Roger’s name.

The Ambelang-Ebelt-Lau American Legion Post # 386 of Cascade will conduct military rites at the cemetery following the services.

A memorial service in Madison is being scheduled at Agrace Hospice Center.

The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Plymouth is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit

The family wants to thank Jean Rose for her loving care of our father, Agrace Hospice Staff, Drs. Catherine James and Mary Thompson at UW Clinics, and Dr. Victor Weiss at Wisconsin Heart.

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