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Otto R. 'Bud' Madsen, Jr.May 11, 1938 ~ May 2, 2016 (age 77)
Troy - Otto R. (Bud) Madsen Jr. of Troy passed Monday evening at Albany Memorial Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Born and raised in Troy, he was the son of the late Otto R. and Doris Madsen Sr. He graduated from Troy High School and soon after joined the U.S. Army where he proudly served in the 4th Armored Division before settling down for a 30 year career; retiring from the Ford Motor Company in Green Island.
As well as being a member of the Emerald Athletic Club in Troy, he was a member of the Cohoes-Waterford Elks #1317 and the American Legion Post #1489 in Wynantskill. His passion for travel never ended and he loved to take rides to nowhere in particular and could be found just about anywhere just because he could. If not driving to someplace new and exciting, you would most likely find Otto relaxing at the Emerald Athletic Club watching a Yankee or NY Giants game or out on the links playing golf with his buddy “the Shu” or stopping by Margies to visit his favorite sister in-law and beg to get his name either on or off the wall of fame n shame. He lived for his Flag Day Parade and building floats with Jack and Lenny Welcome or leading the Emerald Club Honor Guard; with pride for his Country and her Flag. He absolutely loved his Yankees baseball so much, that and even in his final days, he would remind his caregivers to make sure the game was on and he was awake or there would be hell to pay.
Otto was predeceased by his sister, Doris M. (Martin) Tobin-Madsen. Otto lived a full and sometimes crazy but always wonderful life raising 6 children with his first love and best friend, Dolores M. Ritrovato-Madsen who predeceased him in 2003 after 41 years of marriage. Survivors include his children, Otto R. (Joan) Madsen III of Cohoes, Michael J. Madsen of Troy, Martha J. (Mike) Remington-Archambeault of Green Island, Robert A. Madsen of Troy, Ellen M. (Scott) Whelan-Chandler of Troy, Charlotte C. (Greg) Rizzo-Kipp of Albany; Sister in-Law Margie; brothers in law, Salvatore “Nick” Ritrovato (Pat) and Anthony “Tony” Ritrovato (Patty). Having shared a love for travel with Dolores and frequent trips to Florida before her passing, Otto decided to retire permanently to New Port Richie, FL where he met the second love of his life and soon after married his soulmate and caregiver Sheri Levine-Madsen in 2013 where he enjoyed traveling and soaking in the sun until returning home to Troy in 2014. He is also survived by step son, Jose (Joe) Garcia of Spring Hill, FL. His 17 grandchildren, Joshua R. Madsen, Tom (Emily) Barrara, Captain USAF (ret), Tammy (Joseph) Sbardella, Martha (Missy) Remington (Ryan), Deanna (Jeremy) Remington-Archambeault, Eric (Morgan) Remington, U.S. Army (vet), John Remington, U.S. Army (vet), Alyzia (Jason) Madsen-Hill, Casey Madsen, Robert Madsen, U.S. Army - active, Peter Whelan (Diminika), Nicole (Andrew) Ayotte, Dominick Rizzo (Alicia), Salvatore (Caitie) Rizzo, USAF - active, Lisa Kipp, Ian (Karissa) Kipp, U.S. Navy (vet), Gregory Kipp Jr. Many great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and close friends.
Family and friends may call on Sunday May 8 at Bryce Funeral Home, Inc. 276 Pawling Avenue, Troy between the hours of 4 - 7 PM. A service of remembrance will be conducted Monday at 11 AM at the funeral home, with interment to follow at Elmwood Hill Cemetery Troy where he will rejoin Dolores to begin the next chapter.
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