Saturday, August 29, 2020
10:00 AM EDT
Prince of Peace Roman Catholic Church
4300 Walnut Lake Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48323
*A Memorial Gathering to take place at a later date.
Life Story / Obituary
January 18, 1930 – August 21, 2020
Long-time Western Golf and Country Club member, Raymond (Ray) Madden of West Bloomfield, peacefully passed away on Friday, August 21 at the age of 90.
Beloved husband to Barbara, devoted father to Michael Madden (Elizabeth) of West Bloomfield, Steven Wilson (Erin) of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Christine (Gary) Gonzalez of Clarkston and loving grandfather to Jason Madden, Zachary Ficht (Taylor), Henry and Charles Gonzalez and Bryce and Sydney Wilson. He was brother to Robert (Eleonore) Madden of Boynton Beach, Florida and Albert (Elnora) Madden of Free Soil, Michigan. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brothers Claude, Devinnie, Authur, James and George and sister Linnie Belle.
Ray was born in Chicago, Illinois in January of 1930. As an early teen he caddied at the famous Olympia Fields Country Club before his parents moved the family to Manistee, Michigan. After graduating from Manistee High School, Ray sailed the Great Lakes on iron ore freighters for two years. Ray then enlisted in the Army and fought in the Korean War where he was wounded in battle. After the war, Ray moved to Detroit where he married his first wife Angeline. Ray drove a bulldozer during the day and attended Lawrence Institute of Technology at night. After graduating from Lawrence Tech, Ray started selling insurance for the Equitable Life Insurance Co. Ray’s insurance career continued for the next 65 years which later included the sales of securities and real estate (Ray continued to sell insurance up to the age of 90).
In 1980, Ray married his wife Barbara and over the years, Ray and Barb have been regulars at Western, participated in many events and made many special friends.
Ray was a Life Member at Western. He won the club championship four times and in 1989, at the age of 59, won both the medal and match play championships. Ray won the Western Invitational multiple times, shot his age every year from 73 to 81 and had three holes in one. He served on Western’s board of directors for two terms and was one of Western’s all-time great supporters earning him the nickname of “The Owner.” He was the co-founder of the Men’s District Golf Association which was formed more than 35 years ago and was well known by many players from many clubs across the district. Ray was known to tell a joke or two, made many friends and established many special relationships over his 42 years as a Western member.
Ray was an unforgettable person who will be greatly missed by many.