Ronald Frederick Madsen, 81, of Richmond and formerly of Buffalo, NY, and Gloucester, Va., passed away peacefully at home on September 30, 2013. He was preceded in death by his mother, Eola Mae Madsen.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jeri E. Madsen; daughter, Kristie Durand (Charles); sons, Ward R. Madsen, and Allen E. Madsen; grandson, Allen C. Madsen; granddaughter, April Vasquez and a host of extended family and friends.
He was a retired US Air Force meteorologist and a Veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars. He could repair anything, loved to travel and was a licensed pilot. His love of flight began with many Control-Line model airplanes and progressed to R/C model airplanes. He was a long-time member of the South East Virginia Light Aircraft Flyers and his favorite hobby in retirement was flying his Ultralight airplane.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 3pm, on Saturday, October 12, 2013, at the Atlee Chapel of Woody Funeral Home, Route 301 and Shady Grove Rd, Mechanicsville, with a memorial service to follow. His interment in Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira, NY with his son, Peter S. Madsen, will be held on May 16, 2014 at 2pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the AFAS.org/
AFAS, Inc., 241 18th St. South, Suite 202, Arlington, Va. 22202. Condolences at: www.woodyfuneralhomeatlee.com