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Leland 'Lee' L. Madison 1936 - 2008

Leland ‘Lee’ L. Madison

Leland ‘Lee’ L. Madison

Leland L. Madison, 71, a resident of Cottonwood, died April 11 in Phoenix. He was the son of Earl and Opal (Barret) Madison; born Nov. 17, 1936, in Kalamazoo, Mich.

As a child he attended the Battle Creek Schools; following which he served his country during the Korean Conflict with the U.S. Marine Corps. Lee then dedicated 25 years of his life to the Clausing Corporation as a lathe operator and tool manufacturer. He was also a member of the Kalamazoo and Portage Eagles for many years. After moving to Cottonwood, he worked part-time at the Circle H Car Wash.

He is preceded in death by his first wife, Beverly Crapo; his daughter, Barbara Madison; his brother, Charles Madison; and his granddaughter, Wendy Keeler.

Lee leaves behind his new bride of four years, Wilma Madison of Cottonwood; three sons, Daniel (Grace) Madison of Rockford, Mich., Kenneth Madison of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Robert (Angela) Madison of Cottonwood; three daughters, Lynda (Jerry) Lawrence of Delton, Mich., Judith Merriam of Galesburg, Mich., and Kathy (Daniel) Taggert of Hastings, Mich.; his step-son, David Speakman; and his brother, Leroy (Joanne) Madison of Parchment, Mich.; as well as, many nieces, nephews and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Clarkdale Baptist Church, where Lee was a member, Saturday, April 19, 11 a.m., following which, a reception will be held for further sharing of memories.

An online guestbook is available at

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