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Glenshaw, PA 15116
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Obituaries:

Per I. Madsen

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Per Ingvald Madsen passed on July 11, 2020, at his home in Glenshaw.  After nearly four score, this student, wrestler, soldier, railroader,”technowiz”, volunteer and father joined the love of his life, his late wife of 40 years Marita Madsen. Born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on November 19, 1940, to Ingvald and Marie (Arnold) Madsen, he moved often due to his father’s military assignments prior to and during World War II.’  His parents settled in the North Hills of Pittsburgh after the war and Per graduated from Shaler High School in 1958 – where he excelled in wrestling and football.  He first attended Virginia Military Institute for two years before transferring to the United States Military Academy at West Point graduating in 1964. Per was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army.  His soldiering took him throughout the world – multiple assignments in Europe, multiple bases across the United States and Vietnam.  As an Airborne Ranger, he served his country with distinction in the Vietnam War and was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor.  During his third tour, he was seriously wounded for which he received the Purple Heart.  He retired as a Major. After Per left active duty, he returned to his childhood home in Pittsburgh.  Despite his disabilities, he made his hobby his livelihood through a career with Conrail – serving as an industrial engineer that enabled him to play with real trains.  Conrail introduced him to computers and technology which became a second passion.  Following Conrail’s dissolution, this second love led him to Allegheny County’s Department of Information Technology where he retired as the Chief Information Officer in 2007. Per volunteered in his community and loved to help others.  He was an active mason, serving with the John E. Mair Lodge No. 729.  Per was active in the West Point Society of Western Pennsylvania and served as its secretary.  His love of the Academy and his desire to share his experience led him to advocate, recruit and mentor aspiring West Point cadets with the West Point Field Force. Per was an avid reader and lifelong learner.  He loved to tinker and could make anything work better.  He enjoyed fishing, boating and photography. He was an avid model railroader.   Per was very talkative and enjoyed a good conversation.   Per loved his sons, Christian and Niels who survive him.  Per loved teaching them how things work, fix a motor or to simply fish.  He is also survived by his sister Dorthea, and brothers Roy and Rolf.  He is predeceased by his sister Nancy Navarro. Friends will be received Saturday July 25 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon at the Bock Funeral Home, Ltd. 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd. Glenshaw followed by a graveside service at Mt. Royal Cemetery at 12:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to West Point Society of Western Pennsylvania Per Madsen Scholarship for Patriotism or the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

 

Condolences

Ed Sykora 18-Jul-2020 08:30 PM

RIP Per.

David J. Fuette 18-Jul-2020 08:38 PM

Per always took the time to assist when working at Conrail. Very intelligent and helpful.

Robert Badger 18-Jul-2020 08:48 PM

Per was a good man and it was an honor to know him and work with him at Conrail. He taught me so much and I’m better for it. He will be missed.

Dave Staplin 18-Jul-2020 08:48 PM

The bio says it all. God's servant gone home.

Eileen Cisella 18-Jul-2020 09:02 PM

I worked with Per for Conrail in Philadelphia. Per was always a gentleman and loved his work. He spent an endless number of hours working when he came to Phila. He always talked about Marita and his sons and it was obvious what a family man he was. May he rest in peace with Marita.

Kayla Long 18-Jul-2020 09:14 PM

Gone but most certainly never forgotten. Rest In Peace Per.

Jerry Semprevio 18-Jul-2020 09:26 PM

Per was a wonderful source of information during my 20 years as Conrail's mapmaker in Philadelphia. He'll be missed by so many of his old friends from Conrail.

A. Nicole Long 18-Jul-2020 09:49 PM

I have never met Mr. Per personally but my daughter, Kayla Long was one of his caregivers and through her, I felt as though, I knew him. He seemed to be a very kind, sincere, giving and knowledgeable man! I am sure he will be greatly missed by many as he touched many people's lives. My prayers are with his family and friends all the way from Kentucky! May God give you all comfort, peace and strength! Rest easy Mr. Per!

Kevin O’Toole 18-Jul-2020 09:55 PM

Rest In Peace. Pleasure and honor to have known you.

Charles Yordy 19-Jul-2020 07:16 AM

R.I.P. Per.

Robert Cerri 19-Jul-2020 09:34 AM

RIP Per. Good man!

Reuven Shiloh 19-Jul-2020 04:52 PM

I have known Per for twenty years, and the last five years working in our group of Operations Improvement in the Engineering department.
He was the most hard, dedicated, employee, and was always available to help others. His contribution to the performance improvement of Conrail Engineering was remarkable.
It was a pleasure to work with him, and meet his family.
He was a very humble person. Knowing him for so many years, I knew that he was injured in Vietnam, but he never talked about it, and that he was awarded the Bronze medal for Valor.
It was a pleasure and great honor to meet Per.
Rest In Peace my friend!

Antonio R. Janairo 20-Jul-2020 10:53 AM

Since life together at West Point and subsequent years I found Per to be a most generous person who would never hesitate to help out and ease our burden despite misfortunes which befell him. Well done, Per, be thou at peace.

Charles J. Newman 20-Jul-2020 01:33 PM

R.I.P. Per

Charles McMahon 23-Jul-2020 10:33 AM

Per and myself worked on a number of projects at Consolidated Rail Corporation. Per was a pleasure to work with. After many years of working together Per mentioned his military service and wounds received during the battle for Hue City. I fought in Hue with the Marines also this so was a revelation and we spoke of the battle many times. Per's ARMY unit was surrounded by a large North Vietnamese force and Per was shot in the face. Despite this wound Per kept his cool and survived the fight. I always admired Per and his can do attitude. Fair winds and following seas.

Gerald Werner 23-Jul-2020 03:01 PM

Per and I were classmates at West Point...graduating in 1964. Per and I started off life at West Point in the same company (M-2)....known as a flanker company because at that time cadets were assigned to their company by height for better appearance at parades. We were the taller grouping. Per was a tad older and more mature, making him a source of counsel, inspiration and friendship. At the beginning of our 3d year...the summer of 1962...3 of us were on leave together in Europe prior to a summer assignment with a US Army unit in Germany. It was a memorable time as Per, David Bujalski (later KIA in Vietnam) and I made our way around various sites and scenes in Europe. We toured West and East Berlin including Check Point Charlie, Nazi facilities at Templehof airport, the Wall at the Brandenburg Gate, a Russian Cemetery and many other sites. We partied one night at the famous Resi Bar featuring phones on every table. It was an easy ask to get a girl to dance! The highlight of our trip was a ferry ride on the Kong Frederik IX from Hamburg to Denmark....with unbelievable smorgasbord meals...where we would visit Per's Danish relatives, the famous Little Mermaid and Tivoli Gardens. It was probably the "time of our lives"...we just didn't know it! (Vietnam loomed a few years later) Following that summer, Per and Dave and I kept in close touch, even camping out weekends at a location near the West Point campus. Per was always the gentleman but full of fun and good spirit. It was an honor to have been his friend and to have shared those good times with him. Per served his country in Vietnam sustaining career ending wounds during the battle of Hue City. I shall remember him as the young, handsome Cadet Madsen! May he rest now in eternal peace!

Robert "Hank" Sembower 24-Jul-2020 11:18 AM

til duty is done! Well done Per.
Rest in Peace

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