Virgil R. 'Bill' Madison, 64, passed away on Thursday, March 10, 2006. Survived by his wife, Beverly Madison, of the family home in Pueblo West, Colorado; son, Barry (Tina) Madison of Woodland Park, Colorado; sister, Alyce Madison of Longmont, Colorado; grandchildren, Zachary (Heather) Pope, Amy (Dub) Madison, Jennifer Pope, Corey Madison; great-grandchild, Reese Pope. Preceded in death by his daughter, Kimberly Madison; parents, Virgil 'Butch' and Maxine Madison; and mother-in-law, Frances Ribble. Bill was born in Ogallala, Nebraska on September 27, 1941. He graduated from Ogallala High School, received his BSBA at the University of Nebraska and his MA at Webster University. Bill remained a big fan of the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers. He worked for International Harvester from 1970 until 1973, farmed and ranched, worked for GTE Federal Systems from 1987 until 1994, managed Whistling Acres Guest Ranch from 1994 until 2000 and was a School Bus Driver for Pueblo Dist. #70. He loved the outdoors, especially backpacking, and he loved his Golden Retrievers, 'Link' and 'Boomer.' His family meant a lot to him and he will be missed greatly by all. At his request there will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 18, 2006, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel with Pastor Gary Ribble officiating. Memorials may be made to the Kidney Cancer Association, through the Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colo. 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Dear Bev and family. I send along my sincerest condolances for Bill. He is in my most fondest memories from the ranch as well as one of the most lovable, kind and friendly people I have met. He, as well as all of you, treated me like family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. He is a genuine man and will be sorely missed.

  2. Dear Bev, Barry, Alyce and families,
    Just wanted you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. So very sorry for your loss of Bill but so glad that he is at peace and with Kim.
    Love Jean, Melanie, Jeremy and families

  3. Dear Bev and Family, I am sorry for your great loss. Although I have not seen Bill in recent years, he was a good friend when we worked together at GTE. I was able to keep up with what he was doing through Charlie Haselhorst. My thoughts and prays are with you. Leroy Grafing

  4. Bev, we are saddened by the news about Bill. You have certainly endured more than your share of hardships. We will continue to keep you in our prayers. If there is anything we can do for you don’t hesitate to call! Please tell your family hello and how sorry we are. If you need to get away, come on over, you are always welcome. May you receive comfort in God’s Love and the Love of your friends.

  5. Bev and family,
    We were so sad to hear about Bill. We had both wanted so much to see the both of you. We will always think of Bill with our most favorite memories….being on the ranch. Thanks to you both for that opportunity. Such a wonderful man will be sorely, sorely missed. All our love to all of you.

  6. Dear Bev and Family, We are so sorry for your great loss. I know that your faith will carry you through this time. Bill was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed as will his smile and sense of humor. I am awed by the strength that he and the rest of you have shown and hope that you know that many thoughts and prays are with you all. Love Pam and Buck.

  7. Dear Family—My condolences are to all of the family. I will keep my prayers with you during this time of grief. My very special friend James knows how much I love her, as well as knowing I will pray for all of you to understands her Lords work.

  8. Bev, we are so very sorry for your loss but how fortunate we are to have had Bill in our lives. We enjoyed the time we worked together and lived as neighbors.

  9. We neighbored and enjoyed visiting with Bill and Bev when they managed the Whistling Acres ranch. Bill was a wise and wonderful man who made us laugh and it was always a treat to be in his company. He will be missed.

  10. Bill was my cousin and always nice to the “younger” kid. So Sorry for the loss of a wonderful husband and father.

    Emery & Carol Lee

  11. So sorry, Bev and family.Sorry about your daughter, also. I will tell Carolyn about his death. You have my most sincere sympathies and Carolyn’s too. Barb Erthum Hahn

  12. Dear Bev, We were sorry to hear of Bill’s illness and now your great loss. We feel grateful to have met you both and your thoughtful kindness was the beginning of a new and enriching of our lives in so many ways. Please know that you are in our prayers.

  13. Dear Bev and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. You have been in our thoughts so often this past year. I have such good memories of Bill when we were together in Lincoln at the University and the times we all got together after we were married and still very young. We had always hoped to somehow hook up again in later years. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you now. Love and Peace,

  14. I have many memories of growing up with Bill. He was a good friend and companion in the formative years. I spent a couple of days with Bill and Bev at the Dude ranch in Colorado a few years back Bill took me to the Delta Living History Park. Lots of oldtimers there. It was a good visit. He was a fine dad and a loving husband to Bev. He was loved and will be missed. Gary

  15. Dear Bev, Barry, Tina and Family,
    We are so sorry with the loss of our Dear Bill.
    You guys are part of our family and we Dearly Love You Both.
    Our last time together we all got to go to the Royal Gorge and had such a wonderful time together.
    We have had many wonderful times together.
    We miss him so much, and we thank God we still have You Bev.
    Our Love and Blessings to You All

  16. Dear Bev and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. The time that Bill and I worked, coached softball, car-pooled, took classes and graduated from Webster together, will always be so very special to me. “Sad” just seems too inadequate to describe our loss, but I feel blessed that I knew ‘Mr. Bill’. One day he and I talked about going back to school and I told him that I would if he would, but my heart really wasn’t in it. The next day he came in and threw the registration papers on my desk and informed me that he signed up, so I had to keep my word and sign up too. Bill was a leader and I guess he still is; I love you brother. May God hold you really tight.

  17. WE are so sorry for your loss. We Dick worcester and lois worked with Bill with GTE. He is a great guy. May God be with you and help you with your grief.
    Lois worcester.

  18. Dear Bev and Family, and Alyce and Family,
    I am very sorry that you have lost your beloved Bill.
    I feel blessed to have made your acquaintance, Alyce, and appreciate you keeping me up-to-date on your family. Bev, I’m sorry I did not have an opportunity to meet you and Bill and your family.
    Love and prayers,
    Mary

  19. Dearest, Bev and Family

    My thoughts and prayer are with you and the family in this time of quite reflection. We will cherish and miss our Billy. We can all find comfort in knowing that he is without pain.
    Love, Emma

  20. Dear Bev, Barry and Tina. I am so glad that I got to see my dear old buddy last month. We sure had some good conversations over the last few months. I will always have many fond memories of Willy. Our love to all of you, and know that you are in our prayers.

  21. Please accept my sincerest condolences. I truly enjoyed being around Bill. We worked together at GTE. He always had time to talk with you and had a way to make you feel you were important. To say Bill was a family man, is an understatement. He was always bragging about his family.
    I hate to say his passing shocks me because now I’m admitting I had lost touch with him over his last years.
    I will miss Bill because he made this earth a better place to live. May God bless each and everyone of his family.

  22. My sincerest condolances to your family. I lost contact with Bill after we left GTE, but I always had very fond memories of him. There is a picture of Bill in one of the buldings at Schriever AFB and I see it every day. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  23. Dear Bev, Barry, Tina and extended family members–Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Remember to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” The Lord has a plan and even though His plans are often beyond our comprehension, He loves you and knows what is best!

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