Alois (Bud) Joseph Madl 1926 - 2012
Alois (Bud) Joseph Madl passed away Thursday, October 11, 2012, at the KU Medical Center following a massive stroke. His rosary will be held Monday, October 15, 2012, 6:00p.m. at the Annunciation Catholic Church, Baldwin City, KS, followed by a visitation from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. A funeral mass will be said on Tuesday, October 16,2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the Annunciation Catholic Church with military honors to follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Baldwin City.
Bud was born February 6, 1926 at the family farm in rural Douglas County. He was the son of Joseph Madl and Barbara (Hadl) Madl. He received his elementary education in a one-room school at Prospect where he starred in Math and pitching for the baseball team. He completed one and one-half years at Baldwin High School before stopping to work on the family farm.
At the age of 18, Bud enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was inducted August 30, 1944 at Ft. Leavenworth, KS. On January 18, 1945, he departed from New York Harbor, where the ice was so thick an ice-breaker ship plowed a path through two feet of ice, to arrive at the European, Asian, and Middle East Theater on January 30. He was moved to the battle front where he saw action in the Battle of the Bulge during which he celebrated his nineteenth birthday. He served with Company K, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Division. He earned the grade of Private First Class and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the EAMET Ribbon, the American Theater Ribbon, and Victory Ribbon. He was personally selected to guard captured German generals in Czechoslovakia for which he received a Presidential Citation. He returned to New York Harbor July 20, 1945. His final duty was serving as a prison guard at the United States Disciplinary Barracks in Ft. Leavenworth, KS. He was honorably discharged June 24, 1946.
After leaving the service, Bud married Marcella Ann Brecheisen of Clearfield, KS, on July 9, 1946, in Eudora, Kansas. They recently celebrated 66 years of marriage. They purchased their farm in rural Douglas County where they have lived all their married life. On the farm Bud was a dairyman for 48 years. He followed with stock cattle until his retirement.
Bud is survived by his wife, Marcella, and their five daughters; Phylis and husband Dale Schwarz, Velma and husband Ralph Rippetoe, Betty and husband Roger Tuckel, Mary and husband David Moore, and Edith Willis. He was further blessed with 13 grandchildren of which 12 survive and one grandson, Cassidy Moore, precedes him, and 19 great-grandchildren who also survive him. In addition he was survived by one brother, Robert Madl and two sisters, Vivian Clark and Barbara Jean Evilzisor. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Ralph and Arthur Madl, and three sisters, Marian Madl, Mildred Butell, and Catherine Madl.
The family suggests memorials in his name to Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Baldwin City, KS., c/o Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 64, Baldwin City, Kansas 66006. Condolences may be sent to the family through www.lamb-roberts.com.
A funeral dinner for all friends and family at The Lodge will follow the cemetery services.