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Darrel Dean Madson

June 30, 1938 - March 25, 2019
From: Spencer, IA
Darrel Dean Madson

Darrel Dean Madson

Born: June 30, 1938
Died: March 25, 2019
Age: 80

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     Darrel Dean Madson, the son of Carl and Pearl (Fitsimmons) Madson was born on June 30, 1938, in Spencer, Iowa. He went to school at Cornell Consolidated and graduated in 1956. He attended college at Iowa State University part of one year. Darrel enlisted in the Armed Forces serving in the Army National Guard. He was discharged om January 31, 1962.

     On December 28, 1957, he married Carole Tielbur and they started farming near Webb, Iowa. He loved horses. He was a member of the Palimino Drill team with his parents. He showed quarter horses at shows when he was a teenager. He was a driver of a chuckwagon at the races in Spencer and surrounding area. He was also in the circus parades in Chicago and Milwaukee for several years. In later years he began showing draft horses, first Belgian and later Percherons.

     He left Iowa in 1986, quit farming and moved to Colorado to work on horse farms, raising and showing Percheron Horses. In 1990 they moved to Michigan to a farm and resort to take care and to show their Percheron horses.  He traveled the U.S. from as far east as Washington DC, west to Colorado, south to Florida and many states in between. He retired from showing horses in 2000 and moved to Indiana and drove a grain truck for a local elevator until 2009, when he retired for good.

     Darrel passed away on March 25, 2019, at the Ruthven Care Center in Ruthven at the age of 80. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Joyce Johnson and an infant daughter, Jody Lynn.

     Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Carole of Webb, IA; his two sons: Bill Madson and his wife Janeen of Webb, IA and Jeff Madson and his wife, Colleen of Greenville, IA; his daughter, Kelly Woodbury and her husband, Dean of Winchester, IN; 9 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; one sister, Grace Kunz of Kansas City; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Memorial Services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the Warner Chapel in Spencer.

Military Flag Service conducted by the Glen Pedersen Post #1 and the V.F.W. Clay County Post #1.

There will be a reception at the First Congregational Church in Spencer, folowing the service.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association or the Alzheimers Association

Rev. Tonna Parsons
All of His Grandchidren
Visitation with the family will be from 5:00 - 7:00PM, Friday night at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.
"Amazing Grace"
"My Old Man"
By Lori and Danielle Taylor
Wendi Johnson
Burial will be held at a later date.
Northlawn Memorial Park
Spencer, Iowa


Monday, April 8, 2019 at 7:48 AM
“So much to remember, such a fine friend. We were impressed always with the competition of the Black Hollow Percherons under his leadership. Always thought he would be back here in Colorado. Thank you, Kelly, for keeping us always aware of what was happening with your Dad and Mom! ”
- Dennis Kuehl
Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 7:17 PM
“Carole, so sorry for your loss. I tried reaching you and Darrel a few years ago but my letter was returned. I have thought about you many times and am remembering the good times in Cornell, also 4-H and sleep overs. Wayne and I have you in our prayers.”
- Wanda Spiess Hollenbeck
Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 9:42 AM
“Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss of your beloved Mr. Madson. May the God of heaven comfort you during this time of great sorrow. Soon he promises to relieve us of the sting of death as mentioned in Isaiah 25:8. God will then have his Son, Christ Jesus resurrect those who have fallen asleep in death. (John 5:28,29; Revelation 21:4,5) days ”
- M. Rose
Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 5:53 AM
“Jeff and family, sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you in this difficult time.”
- Ann Leonrd Metivier
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 5:07 PM
“JEFF a d Colleen a d family I'm so sorry for your loss I under stand your sorrow my thoughts are with you and your family”
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 11:48 AM
“ We sure had a lot of fun on the farm summer and winter with snowmobiling and then riding horses. Darrel was a hard worker and loved his family and horses. Was always fun to visit. Sending our Love and Sympathy to all.”
- Chuck and Donna Tielbur
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 7:52 PM
“Denny and I are so saddened to hear about Darrell...Such wonderful neighbors, they were, for many years... Our condolences and heartfelt thoughts for Carol and the Madison Family,,”
- Denny and Linda Adams
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