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Robert Peter ("Pete") Madson

Cedar Rapids

Robert Peter Madson ("Pete") passed away on March 22, 2018, at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids. His devoted wife of almost 60 years, Jeanette, was by his side.
Bob was born March 7, 1931, in South Dakota, the third child of Joseph and Genevieve (Walrath) Madson. The family eventually grew to six children. There were lean years on the farm following the Depression, but they had fun. Because both parents were educators, learning was a top priority.
His parents died when he was 16, and Bob was thrust into adulthood. He worked and studied hard, and earned scholarships to the University of Iowa, where he studied to become a city planner. He would go west in the summers for work two summers in Montana and Idaho as a fire watcher and firefighter, and one summer in Nebraska and Kansas building grain bins. While attending the University of Iowa, he met the love of his life, Jeanette Mae Fox, and they were married at Danforth Chapel on campus. It was while at the University of Iowa he developed what many would acknowledge as his second lifelong love, all things Hawkeye.
Bob worked for over 30 years as the assistant director of planning and redevelopment for the city of Cedar Rapids.
Bob and Jeanette enjoyed many activities, including church, gardening and very extensive travel, but their greatest joy was their relationships with everyone who came into their lives. Bob was a caring brother, a devoted uncle, a wonderful father, a doting grandfather, a thoughtful and fair boss whose door always was open, a steadfast friend and, especially, a patient and loving husband to Jeanette.
Bob was generous, and always was ready with a smile and a humorous quip, a hug, words of wisdom and encouragement and a listening ear. He was very witty and always quick with a joke, and everyone who knew him appreciated his dry wit.
Bob's love of books was the stuff of legends. A voracious reader, he devoured books of every genre, author and topic. His favorite way to spend an afternoon was at a half-price book store. He constantly was on the lookout for books that would be of interest to others, and his brother, nephew and many friends and grandchildren were the lucky recipients of these "finds" and benefited from Bob's love of books.
Bob will be missed by his wife, Jeanette; his children, Lois Heeringa, David Madson, Melanie (Craig) Bear and Jennifer (Greg) Dey; his 10 grandchildren, Kaethe, Chris, Sheri, Karen, Nicole, Robbie, Amy, Rachel, Kelsi and Garrett; his seven great-grandchildren, Skyler, Jackqulyn, Tyler, Alexander, Liam, Zoe and Kyli; two great-great-grandchildren, Dante and Xion; his sister, Joyce Kilen; his brother, Denny; his sister, Jeri; brother-in-law, Jim Beshey; sister-in-law, Marianne Madson; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Warren and Carolyn Fox; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Rodney and Elaine Mercer; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Art; his sister, Joan, and her husband, Herman Haag; sister-in-law, Darlene Madson; brother-in-law, Gordon Kilen; and son-in-law, Paul Frederiksen.
A celebration of Bob's life will be held on Sunday, March 25, at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Mount Vernon, Iowa.
Galatians 1:5: "To God be the glory forever and ever. Amen."
Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.cedarmemorial.com under obituaries.