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Robert H. Madsen April 5, 1919 - March 5, 2009

BELGRADE -- Robert H. Madsen, 89, of Belgrade died Thursday at the Belgrade Nursing Home.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Grace Lutheran Church in Belgrade. Burial will be in Grace Lutheran West Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Belgrade VFW Post 1825.

Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Johnson Funeral Home in Belgrade and for one hour prior to the service at the church.

He was born April 5, 1919, on a farm near Aberdeen, S.D., to Christ and Christine (Westergard) Madsen. He grew up in Belgrade and attended Belgrade High School. He took over the Webb Station in Belgrade when he was 16. In 1942, he bought the former Sinclair building and opened a Standard Station there. He was inducted into the Army Air Corps in 1944 and was discharged in 1946 and returned home to run the station.

He married Lillian Iverson on Nov. 13, 1944. They lived in Belgrade and he sold the business in 1978. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Belgrade and served on the church council, cemetery committee and the building committee. He was a volunteer fireman for 27 years and was a member of the Belgrade City Council. He was also on the advisory board for Standard Oil, the nursing home board, was a member of the Senior Citizens Group and a lifetime member the of Belgrade VFW Post.

He is survived by his wife; children: Bruce (and Carol) Madsen of Andover, Tom Madsen of Belgrade, Linda (and Allen) Krystosek of Maple Grove; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; siblings: Donald (and Judy) of New Brighton, Betty Krug of Tucson, Ariz., and Russell (and Betty) of North Hill, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his son: Ronald; and four siblings.