Arlyn R. Madsen, 73

August 02, 2007

JAN. 24, 1934-AUG. 1, 2007

BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT, Pa. - Col. Arlyn R. Madsen, U.S. Army, retired, 73, of Blue Ridge Summit, died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007, at Quincy (Pa.) United Methodist Home.

Born Jan. 24, 1934 in Ephraim, Utah, he was the son of the late Leslie L. and Chloe Rees Madsen.

He was a 1952 graduate of Ephraim High School. He was commissioned in the U.S. Army in 1957 after graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. He was a student at the U.S.A. Signal School at Fort Monmouth, N.J. He attended graduate school in Tucson, Ariz. He was assigned to the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Va., as a student.

He retired from the military in 1987, as a colonel in the U.S. Army. He had served in Germany; Vietnam; Washington, D.C.; Fort Meade, Md.; Thailand; Bethesda, Md.; Fort Ritchie, Cascade, Md.; Alexandria, Va.; Brussels, Belgium; and Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md., among others. While at Fort Ritchie, he was the director of telecommunications in the underground complex. Following his retirement from the military, he became chief of highways in Harford County, Md., for 13 years, retiring in 2000.


He was a member of Hawley Memorial Presbyterian Church in Blue Ridge Summit.

He was a member of Blue Ridge Summit Lions Club, a member and past president of B.P.O. Elks Lodge 731 of Waynesboro, a member of Cascade American Legion Post 239, had been a leader in the Boy Scouts of America and a member of Chesapeake Bay Council, among other organizations.

He is survived by his wife, Sally E. Rosser Madsen, whom he married June 28, 1958; two daughters, Marjorie M. Keilers of Los Alamos, N.M., and Elizabeth Madsen of Williamsport, Pa.; two sons, Cmdr. A. Reese Madsen Jr., U.S. Coast Guard, retired of University Park, Md., and Evan R. Madsen of Chesapeake, Va.; two sisters, Ruth Rasmuson of Ephraim, Utah and Cherril C. Madsen of Chandler, Ariz.; four grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Services will be Monday at 9 a.m. at Hawley Memorial Presbyterian Church in Blue Ridge Summit. The Rev. William H. Hammann will officiate. Burial will follow at 2:30 p.m. in Wildwood Cemetery in Williamsport, Pa.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home in Waynesboro.

Memorial donations may be made to Hawley Memorial Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 582, Blue Ridge Summit, PA 17214 or Blue Ridge Summit Library, 15055 Summit Plaza, Blue Ridge Summit, PA 17214.

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