GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE                                 Tuesday, November 27, 2001

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Charles R. Madden


HAVRE -- Korean War Army veteran Charles R. Madden, 71, a retired supervising service foreman for Mountain Bell Telephone Company, died Monday at a Havre hospital of natural causes.

Viewing is 1 to 5 p.m. today at Holland and Bonine Funeral Home in Havre. His funeral is 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Marks Episcopal Church in Havre, with burial with military and Masonic honors in Highland Cemetery, followed by a luncheon at the Eagles Club.

Survivors include his wife, Dona R. Madden of Havre and a brother, Kenneth Madden of Seeley Lake.

Also surviving are a sister-in-law, Donna D. Madden of Seeley Lake and many nieces and nephews.

Charles was born Nov. 22, 1930, to Roy E. and Caroline (Peppersack) Madden in Havre. He attended Havre schools and graduated from Havre High School in 1949. He enlisted in the Army on Sept. 10, 1950, and was honorably discharged Nov. 25, 1951, as a private first class. He was called from inactive duty to serve in Korea and served 10 months overseas. He received the Korean Service Medal with two bronze service stars. He was honorably discharged as a sergeant after 14 months of service.

After the service Charles returned to Havre. He married Dona Tennant on Aug. 2, 1952, in the First Presbyterian Church. The couple remained in Havre and Charles worked for the Mountain Bell Telephone Company. He retired in 1991 as the supervising service foreman after 38 years of service.

Charles was a life member of the Elks and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was also a member of the Havre Masonic Lodge No. 55, Chinook Council of DeMolay, Commandry, Royal Arch Masons, Algeria Temple and North Central Montana Shriners. He was one of the original 13 in the Shrine Algeria Band. He was also a member of the Eagles. Charles loved to golf. He played at the Beaver Creek Golf Course and other golf courses in the state and was a member of the Senior Golf Association.

After retirement he and his wife traveled to Bullhead City, Ariz., during the winter months. They had many friends there and played golf. They also traveled to Hawaii, Fiji, Mexico and Las Vegas.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Joleen Taylor and Vivian Effinger.

Memorials are suggested to Shriner's Hospital for Children, P.O. Box 2472, Spokane, WA 99210-2472.

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