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Lawrence E. Madson

July 11, 1933 — October 19, 2023

Lawrence (Larry) E. Madson, Jr., 90, passed peacefully on October 19th, 2023 surrounded by his family. He was born July 11th, 1933 in Minneapolis Mn., to Lucille (Erickson) Madson and Lawrence E. Madson Sr. He was preceded in death by his sister Barbara (Clayton) Shannon.

Lawrence, a devoted husband, father, brother, and grandfather is survived by his wife, Martha (Talcott) Madson; sister, Nancy (John) Elliott; daughter, Laurie (late, Walter) Sapp; son, Mark (Erin) Madson; grandsons, McCoy and Andrew; granddaughters, Alyza (Patrick) Burnette, Charlotte, Ashley, Jane, and Georgia. 

Affectionately known as “King Bubby the Great” by his grandchildren, he was a larger-than-life figure with a contagious laugh and quick wit. His love for his family was epitomized by his beautiful marriage to Marti for nearly 61 years. After graduating from Culver Military Academy in Indiana, Larry went on to complete a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Yale University. He spent four years with the Army’s Corp of Engineers helping to rebuild Germany after WWII. He then went on to have a very successful business career, first at US Steel Corporation for over 30 years retiring as the Senior V.P. of the Structural Steel Division. He then went on to succesfully run his own business, Thermo-Electric Co, a manufacturer of hospital and physical therapy equipment plus several other small companies for nearly 20 years. 

Beyond his dedication to friends and family, Larry loved spending time (always immersed in a project or two) at their family cabin at Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. Sailing, skiing, and long boat rides were a part of endless summers at the lake with his wife, kids, and grandchildren. Marti and Larry spent much of their “golden years” in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida at their “little cottage by the sea”. 

As a husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather, and friend to so many, Larry, always a gentleman, will be remembered for his contagious laugh and unique humor. Larry’s love of life’s adventures never wavered. His quiet confidence and love created a never ending feeling that “everything is ok” for his loved ones. His presence will be missed but never forgotten. 

A celebration of life for friends and family will be held from 4-7pm on October 27th at St. Clair Country Club, 2300 Old Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15241

In lieu of flowers, please make contibutions  in memory of Larry Madson to The Dementia Society of America, PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901, or online

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