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Ronald L. Madson

Ronald L. Madson, 59, of Bemidji died Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at his home in Bemidji.

Funeral Services will be 1:00 pm Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Bemidji, MN with Rev. Genelle Netland officiating. Visitation will be from 3 - 5 pm Sunday at the Cease Family Funeral Home of Bemidji and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Ron was born Jan. 7, 1953 in Roseau, MN, the son of Clayton and Ruby (Johnson) Madson. He lived in Roseau until 1966 when his family moved to Bemidji. He graduated from Bemidji High School in 1971. He graduated from Bemidji State University in 1975 with a degree in History and German. He was united in marriage to Pamela Berg on June 29, 1974. He worked at Bemidji Vocational Technical College and Northwoods Panel board. On May 15, 1986, he began work at Minnesota Department of Transportation, working on the survey crew, construction, in the lab and most recently as the Independent Assurance Inspector. Ron loved his job and especially all the people he got to know all over the State of Minnesota. He served as president of AFSCME local # 637. He was also chief steward. He served on the state HEPC (Highway Employee Policy Committee).

Ron was very active in the Boy Scouts. He became an Eagle Scout in 1968. The following year he attended the National Jamboree in Idaho. He was Pack Leader of Pack 82 for 9 years and went on to be the Scout Master of Troop 82 at Calvary Lutheran Church. He continued to stay active in scouting after his own boys were grown. He received the Silver Scout Award. One of Ron's greatest passions was music. He got his first guitar when he was eight years old. He played in many area bands over the years, including Wilton Hill, Juniper, Country Edition, Charlie Nason Country and Wind River. He loved to play for the Lutefisk Dinner at Calvary.

Ron loved spending time with his family and friends. He loved babies and they loved him. His children and grandchildren meant the world to him. He made friends everywhere he went.

He is survived by his wife – Pamela of Bemidji, Daughter- Britt Madson of Minneapolis, Sons- Dak (Robyn) Madson of St. Paul, Steven Madson of St. Paul, 2 Grandchildren – Anders and Annika Madson, Mother- Ruby Madson of Bemidji, Sister- Jodi (Lyle) Lortie of Bemidji, Brothers- Jerry Madson, Chris Madson both of Bemidji, and Numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father and brother- Steve Madson.

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