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Ralph Madsen

March 5, 1930 ~ June 14, 2017 (age 87)

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Ralph Madsen, age 87, of Duchesne, passed away June 14, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family. 
    He was born March 5, 1930, in Boneta, to Alfonzo Barton and Manilla Emily Erickson Madsen.  He married Carolyne Burdick on October 4, 1958, in Elko, NV.
    He served four years in the United States Airforce during the Korean Conflict and after returning was a lifelong member of the American Legion.  
    Ralph returned to the Basin in 1973 to fulfill his dream of being his own boss, when he started JRJ Service, Inc. with his brothers-in-law John Burdick and John Reyburn.  With the help of his son, son-in-law, and grandsons, he adapted the company into the sand and gravel production company and trucking company that it is today.  But he was a farmer at heart.  He was a serious Utah Jazz fan, and watched any NFL Football game faithfully – sports were a big part of his life.  He also had a wrecker service for many years and would often bring home stranded travelers if they needed a place to stay.  He had great integrity and was very honest - sometimes more than you wanted him to be.  
    Ralph’s family was immensely important to him and he followed the grandkids around to all of their sporting events.  He instilled a great work ethic in his family and always provided for their every need and most of their wants.   He loved to have the little kids around him and if he liked you, you would be teased and get the best dry shave around! 
    Ralph is survived by his wife of 58 years, Carolyne; children, Cris (Kenn) Bird, Misti Madsen, Blair (Sheri) Madsen, all of Duchesne; 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren with two on the way; and a sister, Judith Frandsen, Talmage.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Myron Madsen, and two sisters, Melva Allred & Mildred Madsen.
    Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the Duchesne 1st and 3rd Ward LDS Chapel.
    Viewings will be held on Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the church, and on Saturday 1 hour prior to the services.
    Burial in the Duchesne City Cemetery, with military honors presented by the Duchesne American Legion, the United States Airforce, and the Patriot Guard Riders.

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