Larry Andrew Madsen, 68, of Wellsville, passed away unexpectedly Monday, September 7, 2020 at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Audrain in Mexico, Missouri.
Mr. Madsen was born July 21, 1952 in Burlington, Iowa, a son of Robert James and Kathern Jane (Houlihan) Madsen.
On June 25, 1978 at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Mexico, he married Gayle Lee Stouffer, sharing over 42 years together. She survives at the home. Larry lived in West Burlington, Iowa growing up but, he had lived in Wellsville since 1973.
Larry was a 1970 graduate of Burlington High School in Iowa. While a senior in high school, he began taking college courses. From 1970-1972, he attended college at Southeastern Junior College in Burlington, Iowa, receiving his Associate of Arts Degree. In the summer of 1972, he attended Northeast Missouri State University (NMSU) in Kirksville, now known as Truman State. He graduated in August of 1973 with a Bachelor of Science in Education with a Major in History.
Mr. Madsen started teaching at Wellsville-Middletown R-1 School in 1973 and continued until 1993. In the early 1980’s, he worked part time at Casey’s in Wellsville. After Casey’s, Larry worked part time at the Kwik Store in Montgomery City for over 15 years, while still teaching and was an assistant manager for a year. He later went to work at Southern Reynolds High School in Ellington from 1995-1997. From 1998-2002, Larry taught school at the Montgomery City Youth Center. From 2002 until the present time, he came back to teach at Wellsville-Middletown R-1 School. He was currently teaching Junior High Middle School (7-9) Special Education. He had also taught high school special education in the past. Over the years, Larry taught history, speech and drama. He loved teaching theatre and was involved in numerous play productions over the years. Larry was instrumental in starting EMO Specdra as a conference activity and was currently co-director of Specdra at Wellsville-Middletown R-1.
He was a former member of the Order of Demolay and a 3rd degree Mason in Iowa.
Larry loved his cat, “Hershey.” He enjoyed watching movies, romantic comedy if he was with his wife and Sci-Fi if he was by himself. More than anything, Larry had a passion for teaching theatre, speech and drama. His students were blessed with the time and commitment he put in to each one of them, in order to push them to do their best.
Larry is survived by his wife, Gayle Stouffer Madsen, of Wellsville; four children, Shane Patrick Madsen, Justin Wayne Madsen, Joyce Anna Madsen and Joshua Christopher Madsen; mother, Kathern Madsen, of Burlington, Iowa and mother-in-law, Margie Stouffer, of Mount Morris, Illinois.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Madsen.
Due to Covid-19 and Larry’s wishes, no services will be held.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Wellsville-Middletown R-1 School c/o Myers Funeral Home, 203 East Bates Street, Wellsville, MO 63384.
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