JONESBORO - William "Bill" Harry Madson, 83, passed away at Marshall Healthcare in Machias, ME on May 26, 2016, with those who loved him by his side. He was born on August 20, 1932 in Stillwater, Minnesota, the son of Edgar and Ivy (Nelson) Madson.
After graduation from Glencoe High School in Glencoe, MN, Bill headed east and graduated from Drexel Institute of Technology in Philadelphia, PA in 1956 with a degree in engineering. During his college years, and for a few years after graduation he worked in the helicopter industry. In 1962, he went to work for RCA (which later became G.E.) While there, many of his projects were classified. His favorite non-classified project was partnering with NASA to develop technology to take pictures of the moon from the early moon bound rockets, and relay those pictures back to earth.
At the age of 55, Bill decided it wasn't fun going to work anymore, and opted for early retirement. Moving to Jonesboro, he spent time gardening, fixing anything that was broken, and going to yard sales. When the weather turned cold, Bill traveled to warmer climes. On alternate years, he spent 3 or 4 months in New Zealand, or traveling by freighter for however long it took to circumnavigate the globe.
Bill is survived by Charlotte Urbano, with whom he shared the last 20 years of his life; Helen Snowdeal, a close friend of many years; his brother Thomas Madson, wife Mary, and their children.
We wish to thank the staff at Marshalls for their loving care for the last 2 years.
In keeping with Bill's wishes, there will be no funeral service. Donations in his memory may be made to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson's Foundation PO Box 5014 , Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014, or to the charity of your choice. Condolences and memories may be shared at
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