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Bernard Madigan

December 16, 1930 — May 4, 2022

Bernard "Barney" John Madigan, the second of five children, was born on December 16, 1930, in Fond du lac to Lester and Amy (Grady) Madigan. He passed away peacefully May 4, 2022 (age 91).

Bernard grew up in Rosendale where he graduated from Rosendale High School in 1948. He attended college at Platteville University but found a way to hitchhike home on the weekends to provide support to his family. He graduated with a degree in agriculture May 1952. He served in Korea from 1952-1954 in the surveyors' unit of the Army. He received an MBA from UW Madison in 1966 with his wife and four children in tow.

He had a successful teaching career, first at Rosendale High School then Moraine Park Technical College. A hard-working man, he took on several other jobs such as tax preparation for local farmers, drove school bus, officiated youth sports, worked the night shift at the canning factory, helped on the family farm and had a radio show called "Barney on the Farm."

He spent his free time in service to his family, community, church, and country. He was a charter member for the Rosendale Lion's Club, member of the American Legion, active in the FFA, served as president for the Fond du Lac area teachers association, and donated milk each week to the local food pantry.

He was an avid sports enthusiast who didn't care who won as long as it was the Chicago Cubs! He played baseball with the Rosendale Merchants and softball well into his 50's. He enjoyed traveling and a good beer. He shared tales of his adventures often and found friends wherever he went. He was a proud Irishman and had a love for life that was contagious. He never had a bad meal or met someone he didn't like.

Barney was preceded in death by his first wife Constance (Morris) Madigan, brother Patrick (Carol) Madigan, sister Aileen (Mike) (Elmer) Staseski Black, brother in law, Thomas Halfman, daughter Kathy Smee Sabel and son Don Smee.

Barney will be missed by his loving wife Sue (Smee) Madigan, sister Maureen (Enie) Halfman, brother Terry (Karen) Madigan, Children, Cindy Madigan, John (Jing) Madigan, Linda (Walt) Isler, Patty (Jeff) Brown, Susie Madigan, Debbie (Mark) Mejia, Chuck (Lori) Smee, daughter-in-law Lou Anne Smee, 14 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.

Services in Wickenburg will be held at the American Legion Post 12, 176 N Frontier St. on Thursday May 19, 2022 at 4:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to St. Vincent de Paul, Wickenburg Lions Club, or the American Legion
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