MADSONPosted: May 24th, 2013
Morris Kenneth Madson passed away peacefully on May 5, 2013 with his family by his side.
Morris was born May 20, 1921 in Havre, MT. He was raised on his parents farm near Vidora and attended school at nearby Ridgecliff School. By Grade 8 he decided he had enough of school life and left to work on the farm. He also held various jobs in the community such as working on threshing crews and building fences for the PFRA. He always found time for fun and adventure, hitching rides on trains and riding horseback around the country to visit family and friends.
Morris joined the army in 1942 at the age of 21 and took basic training in Regina and Camp Shilo in Manitoba. Before being transferred overseas he married his long-time girlfriend Margaret (Maggie) Lewis on June 18, 1943. Shortly thereafter he left for Europe, arriving in England then on to North Africa and Italy where he served with an anti-tank division. When the war ended he returned to England where he remained for nearly a year waiting for transportation back to Canada.
Back at home in 1946 he and Maggie rented the farm from his parents for several years, then purchased the farm with assistance from the Veterans Land Act. They were kept busy raising grain and cattle. For pastime they enjoyed socializing, playing cards and curling.
In 1954 their only child, Allen was born. Though times were sometimes difficult Morris and Maggie enjoyed many good years on the farm before retiring to Maple Creek in 1983. There they spent time at the senior centre playing shuffleboard and cards.
Maggie passed away in 1997 after which he filled his hours with rental properties and continued to be actively involved in the farm. In 2004 he moved out of town back into the country just west of Maple Creek. There he was able to have a few cows and horses and enjoyed nothing better than encouraging his grandchildren to learn to ride horseback.
Morris was predeceased by his parents, Fred and Sena, brother Wallace, sister Alice and his loving wife Maggie. Morris is survived by his eldest sister, Anna Kendrick, Eastend, son Allen (June), granddaughters Lindsay (Kent) Mohn and Melissa Madson; as well as many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Morris life was held in the chapel of Binkleys Funeral Home, Maple Creek May 9, 2013 with Kent Mohn officiating. Morris granddaughters Melissa Madson and Lindsay Mohn read the eulogy and presented a slide show depicting Morris life through his 91 years.
Interment followed in Maple Creek Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Dave Lewis, Glen Lewis, Neil Madson, Waine Madson, Fred Kendrick and Lorne Warnock. Honorary pallbearers were all those who shared in Morris life.
Peacefully, sleep comes to a dear beloved heart.
Quietly, we understand the time has come to part.
Tenderly, the love shines on – a never changing light.
Gratefully, we feel its warmth and say
Sweet dreams, good night.
Friends who wish to may remember Morris with gifts to the new Southwest Healthcare Facility c/o Cypress Credit Union.
To email an expression of sympathy you may visit www.gonebutnotforgotten.ca.
Binkley’s Funeral Service, Maple Creek and Leader, in charge of arrangements. 306-662-2292