Lawrence (Larry) E. Madson

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Mr. Lawrence E. (Larry) Madson, age 87, of rural Manitowoc entered eternal life at home on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, surrounded by his Loving Family.

Larry was born the son of the late Palmer and Christina (Griffin) Madson on May2, 1933.  He was a graduate of Valders High School with the Class of 1951.  On July12, 1958, he married his soul mate, LaVonne (Joy) Berge at Valders West Lutheran Church in the Town of Liberty.

Larry, along with his wife Joy were the proud owners of the Madson and Berge Farms which have both been in the family since 1848.  After marriage Larry and Joy took over the Madson family farm.  In 1968 Larry and Joy started Madson Tiling & Excavating and then established Madson Trucking in 1984.

Larry was a devoted lifetime member of Faith Lutheran Church in Valders.   He served in various capacities including;  past president, head usher, and a member of the Men’s choir.  He also belonged to the Manitowoc County Dartball League, Rustic Iron Club, and Land Improvement Contractors of America (in which he served as the State President). He enjoyed playing horseshoes in Valders, snowmobiling, golfing, and attending and participating in antique tractor and car shows. One of Larry and Joy’s greatest pleasures were spending time with family and attending their sporting events. He also enjoyed playing cards, going out to eat with friends, gardening, and spending countless hours on his tractor.

Surviving Larry is his loving wife of 62 and a half years: LaVonne (Joy) Madson; his daughters and sons-in-law: Ginger (Robert) Linsmeier, Branch, Jodi (Robert) Goehring, Cato. His sons and daughters-in-law: Tom (Rae) Madson, Kevin (Julie) Madson, both of rural Manitowoc, and his son-in-law Peter Reinertson of Valders.  Grandchildren: Jessica (Aaron) Evans, Nic (Holly) Franz, Craig (Erica) Franz, Kristin Madson  (“D” Chapman), Tyler (Alisa) Madson, Caleb (Stephanie) Madson, Eric Hill, Dana (Brian) McDonald, Christi Reinertson (Leroy Lenser), Derek (Melissa) Madson, Danielle (Brett) Glaeser, DJ Madson (Mallorie Larsen), step grandchildren; Jenny (Kirk) Pingel, Scott (Amanda) Linsmeier, Jessica (Kyle) Getter, Andrew (Lili) Goehring, Patrick Goehring (Stacy Engeldinger), and Emily (John) Pozniak.  Great grandchildren Brielle, Breckin, Tenley, Lawson, Eva, Leo, Liam, Everett, Seth, Bryce, Ashlin, Aubrey, Connor, Macy, Angelica, Makenna, Nolan, and twins due in June.  Also surviving are 12 step great grandchildren. One sister: Jean Madson, Green Bay. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Larry was preceded in death by: His Parents, His Father and Mother-in-law Earl and Lucille Berge, daughter Kari Reinertson and infant daughter Kris, granddaughter Dawn Hill, and great grandson Bentley McDonald. Brothers and sister-in-law: Gordon Madson, James (Ramona) Madson, sisters and brothers-in-law: Grace Eva, Betty (Kenneth) Petri, Vivian (Myron) Herzog, and James Berge.

The family will greet relatives and friends from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at Faith Lutheran Church, Valders.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00PM on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at Faith Lutheran Church, Valders.  Officiating at the service will be Rev. Jim Wilson.  Burial of the cremated remains will be held at a later date at Gjerpen Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Gjerpen Cemetery Association and Faith Lutheran Church.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting

The Lendman Funeral Home & Gathering Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.


  1. Leo and Faye Riesterer

    Our sympathy to the Madson family. RIP Larry.

  2. Pete and Terry Wiesner

    We are so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to all of you.

  3. Lisa (Rogne) Bruehl

    Deepest Sympathy to the whole Madson family from the Gene Rogne family.

  4. Signe (Rogne) Burkart

    Dear Joy & Family, My deepest sympathy in the passing of Larry. It certainly is a difficult time for all of you. Because of your deep faith in God, you will get through this trying time with God guiding you each and every step of the way. You are held in the thoughts and prayers of many who knew Larry and know your family. God’s love and blessings be with you.

  5. Joe & Pat Pivonka

    We offer our sincere sympathy to you, Joy, and your family. We are saddened for all of you and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. Pam Lindemann & Guy Junk

    Madson Family, Thinking of all of you and sending our deepest condolences. Larry sure seemed like a fantastic Dad and Husband who loved his family with his whole heart! Until you are together again, may you find peace in knowing that he is with the Lord and loved ones, Sending prayers and love.

  7. Joe and Eunice Hrudka

    Our Deepest Sympathy and Prayers on the passing of your husband Larry. We enjoyed visiting with him at many family Birthdays. He will be missed when we can have family gatherings again. Best to you and the Family.

  8. Vern Wisniewski

    My deepest sympathy on your loss.

  9. Don & Joanne Antczak

    Joy, our sympathy to you and your family.
    We have many “fun” memories with both you and Larry.
    May God Bless you and guide you through this difficult time. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Hugs to you and your family.

  10. Don and Betty Wallander

    We are so sorry for your loss. He will be missed by everyone, especially at our class re-unions. We offer you our condolences and sympathy at this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  11. Delores and Will Burich

    So sorry for your loss and sympathy to the whole family, Sending prayers and love. Will miss him at class reunions.


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