Obituary for Kenneth Madole

Ken Madole, age 93 of Northfield, passed away Saturday afternoon, April 22, 2017, at his home with his family by his side. Kenneth Alfred Madole was born January 25, 1924, in Bon Homme, South Dakota, to Hugh C. and Emma J. (Abbott) Madole. At the age of five he moved with his family to Fort Dodge, Iowa. When he was in fifth grade they moved to Spirit Lake, Iowa, and later to North Mankato. In 1942, Ken graduated from Mankato High School and then attended Yankton (SD) College. In 1943, he enlisted in the US Navy and served as a […]

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Ken Madole, age 93 of Northfield, passed away Saturday afternoon, April 22, 2017, at his home with his family by his side.

Kenneth Alfred Madole was born January 25, 1924, in Bon Homme, South Dakota, to Hugh C. and Emma J. (Abbott) Madole. At the age of five he moved with his family to Fort Dodge, Iowa. When he was in fifth grade they moved to Spirit Lake, Iowa, and later to North Mankato. In 1942, Ken graduated from Mankato High School and then attended Yankton (SD) College. In 1943, he enlisted in the US Navy and served as a Sea Bee during WWII. Following his honorable discharge in 1945, he moved to Minneapolis and enrolled at the University of Minnesota where he received his bacholer’s degree in Civil Engineering.
On September 21, 1946, Ken married Joyce M. Olson at Grace Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. After marriage, they finished their education at the University and then moved to Mankato. When Ken began his career with the Minnesota Department of Transportation they moved to Minneapols. In 1952, they moved to Roseville where they lived until moving to Willmar in 1970. While living in Willmar, Ken served as District Engineer for MNDOT, a position he remained in until retiring in 1986. Following retirement they moved to Forest Lake for a year and to Northfield in 1987. Joyce passed away on August 30, 2013.

Ken was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and Sons of Norway. He was a former member of the Northfield Planning Commission and the Willmar Optimist Club. Along with Joyce, he enjoyed traveling the world and attending classical music events. He was kind, congenial, and a man of integrity. He will be missed.

Survivors include 3 sons: Steven and wife Judi of St. Paul, John and wife Ellen Schillace of St. Paul, David of Northfield; his grandchildren: Jessica and husband Mark Spickelmier of Roseville, Brittany of Minneapolis, Milo of Detroit, Michigan; his brother Don of Roseville; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years Joyce, his infant son Eric, and his sisters Jean Madole Carlson and Marjorie Madole Johnson Stover.

Funeral services will be 11:00AM Friday, May 5, 2017, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield. Military Honors will follow. Interment will be in Woodland Hills Cemetery, Mankato. Visitation will be at the church on Friday one hour prior to the funeral.

Memorials are preferred to the Minnesota Zoo.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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Funeral

11:00 AM - May 5, 2017


Visitation One Hour Before Service
St. John’s Lutheran Church
500 3rd St W Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

Burial

Burial

Woodland Hills Cemetery
Woodland Hills Memorial Park Cemetery Mankato, 56001 Get Directions

1 Comment

  1. Mike Hero

    Ken was a good guy. He will be missed by all who knew him.

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