Richard Henry Madsen, 81, of Aiea, Hawaii, passed away Oct. 5, 2013.
Richard was born Aug. 13, 1932, in Little Falls, to Hans and Helen (Cheese) Madsen. Dick graduated from Upsala High School in 1950; in 1952 he joined the United States Navy and served in the Korean conflict on the U.S.S. Stickell and U.S.S. Bryce Canyon. While stationed in Yokosuka, Japan, he met and married his wife, Hisako (Shimada). After his Naval discharge as Petty Officer Third Class, Richard began federal civil service employment with the U.S. Navy Supply Depot. In 1967, he relocated to Hawaii where he continued his civil service career with the staff of the Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet in the Head Accounting and Financial Systems Division in the Comptroller’s Office. Richard earned the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the China Service Medal, the United Nation Medal and the Korean Service Medal with Four Stars while in the Navy. While in Civil Service he was twice awarded the superior Civil Service, which was the highest honor presented to a civilian employee. After retirement in 1987, he enjoyed golf, extensive motor home travel on the mainland, travel to relatives in Denmark and Europe, and frequent trips to Las Vegas, Nev.
Richard is survived by his wife of 58 years, Hisako (Shimada) and their daughters, Mimi (Robert) Mix and Kim Pfister; six grandchildren, Katrina (Theo) Bragado, Natalie Kinney, Monica, Anthony, Emily and Naomi Pfister; two sisters, Marjorie (Henry) Harlow, Patricia (Duane) Parrish; one brother: Howard (Diane) Madsen and 17 nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Oct. 22, at the Mililani Memorial Park with burial at the State’s Veteran Memorial Park in Kaneohe, Hawaii. A gathering to celebrate and remember Richard’s life will be held this summer in Minnesota.