PALMER - Richard Charles Madosh, Jr., 60, of 113 Richmond Road, Palmer, walked on into eternal life Saturday morning, October 16, 2010, at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans.
Born April 19, 1950 in Marquette, a son of Richard C. and Elsie (Ketcham) Madosh, Sr., he was raised in Marquette. In May 1967, Richard entered the US Army, serving in Vietnam and receiving the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and Vietnam Campaign Medal. Following his honorably discharge, he returned to Marquette where he married the former Pat Borchert. Soon after, the couple moved to Manitowoc, Wisconsin and then Algoma, Wisconsin, where Richard was employed as a welder in the ship building industry. During his years of employment, Richard traveled extensively with his work opportunities. In September 2009, having retired due to ill health, Richard returned to the Upper Peninsula, residing in Palmer. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting, and all that nature had to offer. His indoor activities included being an avid bingo participant, occasional trips to the casino, and being an excellent pool player. He took great pride in his American Indian heritage and was a gifted artist who created authentic Native American craftwork. He was well known on the pow wow trail for his beadwork, hand crafted drums, jewelry, and anything that had to do with his heritage. He was always willing to teach and pass on the arts and culture of the past. Richard was a member of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and American Legion Post #349 of Little Lake. He was a supporter of the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota, and other charities, and volunteered at the St. Vincent de Paul Society while residing in Sturgeon Bay. Locally, he helped support the Marquette County Humane Society and the Marquette St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Survivors include his children, Joseph Moore of Texas, Timothy Moore of Waupun, WI, Dylan Foster of Wisconsin, Jacob Madosh of Sturgeon Bay, WI, and Shawn Virlee of Wisconsin; his grandchildren, Alex Moore, Hunter Madosh, and Alexander Foster; and a soon-to-be expected great grandchild; his former wife, Pat Moore of Milwaukee, WI; his siblings, Dorothy Gove of Marquette, Linda (Harvey) Rabitaille of Harvey, Henry (Vickie) Madosh of Mt Pleasant, Madeline (Ron) McDaniels of Marquette, George (Cindy) Madosh of Ishpeming, Bernadette (Jeffrey) Sharp of Gwinn, Beverly (Craig) Girard of Gwinn, Sara (Mike Kangas) Remick of Harvey, Jacqueline (Dennis Liquia) Madosh of Palmer, Michelle Kohn of Ft Wayne, IN, and David Madosh of Palmer; his caregiver and friend, Todd Kangas of Suomi Location; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins; and his faithful, furry, feline companion, Junior.
Friends may call at the Fassbender Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 20, from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon. Graveside services will be held at the Holy Cross Cemetery at 12:30 pm Wednesday with veteran's honors by American Legion Post #349 of Little Lake, followed by Native American ceremonies. A reception will follow at the American Legion Post in Little Lake at 3:00 pm..
Condolences may be expressed online at www.fassbenderswanson.com.