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Reg W. Madsen

d. July 17, 2010

Lt. Reg W. Madsen, 44, of La Grande, died of cancer July 17 at a local care center in La Grande.

The Oregon State Police Honor Guard will be providing services in his honor beginning at 1 p.m. Friday at First Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane, Baker City. A private graveside service will be at Mount Hope Cemetery with full military honors.

Reg Wenzel Madsen was born Dec. 9, 1965, to Reg and Pauline Madsen in Portland. Reg and his younger brother, Rick, enjoyed menacing various neighborhoods as they grew up, hence the title of his future book, "The Consummate Professional Menace."

He graduated from high school in Baker City, and spent a year at Western Oregon University before attending and graduating from the Oregon State Police Recruit School. Reg served with the Oregon State Police from 1988 to 2007, achieving the rank of lieutenant. His assignments included the SWAT team, MRT and Undercover Narcotics within the patrol service division and criminal division. His duty station assignments included Cottage Grove, Springfield, Ontario, Lakeview, Florence, Salem, Baker City and La Grande.

On Dec. 12, 2002, Reg married Linda Harrell in Las Vegas. They made their home in La Grande and are the parents of Matt and Marti Madsen.

Reg is a veteran of the U.S. military forces. He was an Army paratrooper and military police assigned to the 554th Military Police Company and Bravo Company 1/507th Parachute Infantry.

His hobbies and favorite activities were hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, motorcycles and shooting. He was also an author, recently completing his first book, "Playing With Guns."

He and his family attended the Faith Center in La Grande. He was the Oregon chapter president for Bikers Fighting Cancer.

Survivors are his wife, Linda Madsen; four children, Matt R. Madsen and Marti M. Madsen of La Grande and Reggie Madsen and Mitchell Madsen of Missouri; parents, Reg and Pauline Madsen; brother, Rick Madsen and his wife, Charvae, of Pendleton; grandmother, Elizabeth Kaiser of Pendleton; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Wenzel V. Kaiser; and grandparents, Milt and Irene Odell.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bikers Fighting Cancer, 15040 Pine Creek Lane, Baker City 97814, or Oregon State Police Foundation, P.O. Box 2074, Salem 97308-2074.

Condolences and special memories of Reg may be sent to Linda and her family at [email protected] e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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