Joseph F. Madden, 91, of Freeport, IL passed away Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, at Liberty Village in Freeport. Born Jan. 14, 1923, in Bronx, N.Y.; son of Thomas and Bridget Madden. Received his Doctor of Education from New York University.
Became a community recreation director for the Hicksville and Roslyn school districts and a professor of Recreation at Appalachian State University, North Carolina. Served his country during WWII as a radio operator over Germany in the Army Air Corps between 1942 and 1945.
Survived by his first wife, Mary Madden of New York, N.Y.; children, Theresa (Joseph) Best of Freeport, IL, Paula (Thomas) Mulhearn of Astana, Kazakhstan, Daniel (Tina) Madden of Manteca, CA; sister, Mary (Kevin) McManus of Glenview, IL; grandchildren, Rory Best of Indianapolis, IN, Molly (James) Russell of Vevey, Switzerland, Thomas Mulhearn of Essex Junction, VT, Mary Mulhearn of Jefferson City, MO, Matthew (Stephanie) Madden of Cortland, NY, Bridgette Madden of San Francisco, CA, Natalie (Joseph) Rosenberger of Manteca, CA; seven great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Joseph was proceeded in death by his parents; brothers, Thomas and Francis; son, Joseph P. Madden; grandson, Brian Mulhearn; and second wife, Rosemary Walsh Madden.
Military Funeral at 11 a.m. Oct. 28, 2014, at the Abraham Lincoln Nation Cemetery in Elwood, IL. Memorial donations to WoundedWarriorProject.org