Sunday, July 4, 2010

Sunday's Obituary -- Frank Madsen

I decided that I wanted to start posting the obituaries that I have in my collection, after all they may be of some use to someone else.  So today the weekly post "Sunday's Obituary" is born.

The first one I want to share was among the stuff that grandma Hazel saved.  It is the obituary of her brother, Franklin Bake Madsen.  There is no clue as to the name of the newspaper, however.

Funeral Services Held For Frank Madsen

Funeral services for Franklin Bake Madsen were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Byron LDS chapel with Bishop Ernest Jensen officiating. Haskell Funeral Home was in charge.
Mr. Madsen passed from this life Saturday morning at 11:40 a.m. at his home in Byron following a lingering illness. Those present at his bedside were his immediate family, two sisters, and one brother-in-law, Mrs. Sarah Smith and Mr. and Mrs. Roy (should say William) Piggott.
Mrs. Charles Hessenthaler played soft organ music for the prelude and postlude. The invocation was given by Louis Wolz. The choir under the direction of Mrs. Louis Wolz sang, "Not Now But in the Years to Come," accompanied by Naomi Abraham. Vern Wilcock accompanied by Miss Abraham sang "Going Home." The sermon was given by Dess Wilson of Cowley. Miss Abraham and Mrs. Hessenthaler sang "Beyond The Sunset," accompanied by Mrs. Walter Stevens. Mrs. Nellie Vail gave the obituary, Cliff Powelson gave the benediction.
Pallbearers were Ed Pryde, Harry Leslie, Melvin Knopp, Rheudy Meredith, Al Davis and Solomon Sena. Burial was in the Byron cemetery with Wilford Mower dedicating the grave.


Franklin Bake Madsen was born Jan. 3, 1899 in Dingle, Idaho, the son of Neils and Rebecca Bake Madsen, the youngest of seven children. His parents, two brothers and one sister have preceded him in death.
Frank came with his family to the Big Horn basin n 1900 when but one year old. He received his schooling in Byron where he was active in athletic programs, taking part in baseball, basketball and other sports.
While still very young he was left with his mother and brother to care for. After his brother Orson's death he stayed home to care for his mother until her passing.
On Sept. 1, 1936 he married Mrs. Virginia Lindsay and to this union one daughter, Francess Ann, was born. On Jan 8, 1945, he married Mrs. Helen Rominger Dudley of American Fork, Utah , the mother of two sons, Neil and Larry. These boys with his daughter make up his family.
Frank has been employed in the oil fiedls in and near Byron except for the few years he worked in the oil fields at Lusk and Lance Creek, and the short time he was employed at Geneva Steel in Utah.
He is surived by his wife, Helen; one daughter, Frances Ann; two sons, Neil and Larry, and three sisters, Mrs. Hazel Piggott of Bloomington, Idaho, Mrs. Sarah Smith of Bilings, and Mrs. Ida Crocker of Sayle, Montana.
Those coming from Utah to attend the funeral were Mrs. Madsen's mother, Mrs. Rominger, her sister and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Almond Bain of American Fork, Mr. Madsen's sisters, Mrs. Piggott and husband and Mrs. Smith.

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