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James Leroy Madison

James Leroy Madison

James Leroy Madison left this earth on March 23, 2024, to meet his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and to live with Him throughout eternity. He was born January 12, 1939, to George Madison, Jr. and Ellewyn Dorothy Hall Madison, in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
He attended school in Fort Dodge, Iowa, graduating from Fort Dodge High School in 1957. He proudly served his country in the Air Force Reserve. Jim graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education majoring in Biology and Agriculture.
On March 11, 1967, he married Linda Kay Wallace. Jim and Linda had two children, Jason Kyle and Melinda Kamille. The family resided in Mitchellville, Iowa, most of their married life.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents; a brother, Billie Madison, who died as an infant, half-sister Judith Madison Hatchard; sister-in-law, Betty Porzuczek; brothers-in-law, Samuel Wallace and Kenneth Walter. Left to cherish his memory are wife, Linda Madison; son Jason Madison (Mary); daughter Melinda Madison Rumple (Brad); granddaughter Makena Rumple and step-grandson Tavian Rumple; two half-sisters, Marilee Wilder Fischer (Gary) and Paula Madison Stampfler (David); five sisters-in-law, Norma Stringham (Bill), Donna Walter, Beverly Redlinger, Wanda Gaither (Robert), Patrice Wallace and brother-in-law Edward Porzuczek, many step grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Jim had a special place in his heart for his maternal grandparents, Halford and Estelle Hall. He lived with them for several years and was thankful for the positive influence they had on his life. His Uncle Ross and Aunt Rosemary Reed included him in many activities during his childhood.
Jim and Linda were married for 57 years. They loved spending time with family and friends, attending church, traveling, camping, going to concerts, plays, and sporting events in which their children and grandchildren participated. Jim had a camera in his hands most of the time when traveling and when with children and family. Jim had a great sense of humor entertaining people clear up to the end of his life.
Jim was a biology teacher for several years and then worked for and retired from Prudential Insurance. Jim and Linda moved to Mesa, Arizona in July of 2008 to be close to their children and grandchildren. Jim loved fishing and canoeing in the boundary waters wilderness area and did this several times. He loved plants, trees, gardening, garage sales, auctions and playing cribbage.
Burial service is June 8, 2024, at 11 a.m., at the Benton, Iowa cemetery.

 

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