• Madison L. Holroyd Jr.

    26 May 2020

  • Madison Lewelen Holroyd

    Madison Lewelen Holroyd, of Cedar Vale, KS, passed away peacefully at the age of 99 on May 26, 2020 at the Kansas Veteran’s Home in Winfield, KS.

    He was born May 15, 1921 in Cedar Vale, KS to Madison Lewelen Holroyd and Martha Lucille (Webb) Holroyd. Madison was baptized as a teenager in Ft. Collins and was a devout Christian throughout the rest of his life. He never stopped learning or searching and his efforts to be more like Jesus were evident in his deep, insightful conversations. His thoughtfulness and wisdom were testaments of his faith, which served as a strong pillar for all those who knew him. He graduated from Cedar Vale High School in 1938 and attended Cowley County Junior College and Kansas State University.

    He married Cleo Dudgeon Holroyd on January 10, 1943. Madison served in the U.S. Army during WWII as an x-ray technician in a mobile field hospital in the South Pacific. After the war, he returned to the states where he worked for Phillips Petroleum Co. in Bartlesville, OK, from 1952 to 1957. He transferred to Idaho Falls, ID in 1957 and continued to work for Phillips at the National Reactor Testing Station. In 1965, he began volunteering as a ski patrolman, which he enjoyed until the family moved back to the Kansas farm in 1973. Madison was larger than life, full of spunk and truly a friend to all. Anyone who had the honor of knowing him quickly learned that Madison’s secret to a fulfilling life was to never stop learning, growing or finding new adventures. Madison went on to ski until age 80, ride a roller coaster at age 90 and explore the family farm on a four-wheeler until age 98. His passion for life and people was undeniable and he humorously referred to his energetic disposition as a “Tigger.” Madison cared deeply for his family and friends, who filled his life with joy and purpose.

    He was preceded in death by his wife, Cleo, parents, and sisters, Margaret Thompson and Marilyn Wilkinson. Madison is survived by his three children, Nancy (Larry) Nisle, Beth Knapp and Roger (Bonita) Holroyd; seven grandchildren, Ken (Theresa) and Randy (Delia) Rushing, Lauri Lewellyn, Garrett (Tera) and Timothy (Gabrielle) Knapp, and Stephen and Katie Holroyd; and eight great-grandchildren, Ashlyn, Kenley and Leighton Rushing, Brynn and Parker Rushing, and Malachi, Imri and Kenan Knapp; along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

    A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at the Hewins Park Pavilion in Cedar Vale, KS on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 10:00 a.m., followed by a graveside service at Ozro Falls Cemetery in Hewins, KS.

     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Cedar Vale High School Scholarship Program and those can be mailed to Cedar Vale High School, 500 Dora Street, Cedar Vale, Kansas 67024.

    To view the obituary online or leave a message to the family please go to www.dickensfuneral.com.

    Dickens Family Funeral Home of Sedan is in charge of arrangements.

  • 12 comments

    He will be truly missed enjoyed knowing him for years. My condolences to family. Coffee at hilltop will not be the same without his knowledge.

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    So sad to know of Madison’s death. He was someone I always looked forward to seeing at church and The Hilltop when we visited in Cedar Vale....my home town. The Holroyd and Webb families were a big influence on my life growing up.....Beautiful families. In Christ, Pat Pate Molder

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    Madison was always an interesting visit. Very knowledgeable and a lot of history to share. Was a very good neighbor. Always willing to help. Stacy Montgomery

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    One of a kind - enjoyed talking politics with him. A true Christian friend!

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    What a life well-lived! Hold those memories close. May God bring you comfort and peace at this time.

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    What an amazing, outstanding Christian Man. Our thoughts and prayers are with this wonderful family.

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    Madison was the most joyful Christian we have ever known. His long life was lived well. He was not rich in money, but he was fabulously wealthy in everything that really matters. We are so thankful for his friendship/

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    Madison was truly an amazing man. He will be greatly missed and I will miss him cruising around in his gator. This obituary really gives a wonderful picture of who he was. It was my honor to know this wonderful man of Christ. He always had a smile on his face and always had such a great personality. He will be truly missed. To the family: I am so sorry for you loss and my prayers and thoughts going up for you.

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    Dear Holroyd Family, So very sorry for your loss but rejoicing with your Dad in his new address!! I have fond memories of him from Church camp, especially the year he taught us archery. He was so patient and encouraging! Praying God’s peace and comfort for you. In Him, Pam (Frugoli) Wilderson

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    I very much missed seeing Madison in church the last time I was in Sedan. He was always so friendly and interesting to talk with. He was a great friend to my Mother Lois Cain. He will be missed. He lead a wonderful life.

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    Thankful for the life and legacy of a Godly Christian man who had such a great influence on family, friends, and community. Thankful for Madison’s service to our country. Praying God’s peace and blessings upon your family as you celebrate Madison’s life well lived.

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    Madison will be very missed. He was a great man!

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