James E. Madigan, 94, surrounded by family, joined his beloved wife, Doris (Hartl), in heaven on their 67th wedding anniversary, May 22, 2017. The son of the late Edward and Marian (McGrath) Madigan was born May 20, 1923 in Green Bay.
James served in WWII in the 121st Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, Third Army. After his honorable discharge from the military, James married Doris M. Hartl, May 22, 1950.
Jim and his beloved wife, Doris were founders of FEECO International, Inc in 1951. He was a founder and Chairman of the Board of University Bank. He was founding lieutenant of the North Central Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. He served as President of UWGB Founders Association, St. Norbert College President Club, a member of Rotary International, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Serra Club of Green Bay, Director of St. Vincent Hospital, President of Applied Research Institute of Northeast Wisconsin Inc., Wisconsin District Export Council, President of UWGB Ecumenical Center, Director of Green Bay Chamber of Commerce, Director of St. Joseph Academy, Board of Curative Rehabilitation Center, life member of American Chemical Society, National Society of Professional Engineers, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Past International President of Serra, President of Serra International Foundation, Bascom Hill Society Madison, former Director Fertiplant Engineer Co. in India, Director of St. John's College of Theology, Director of Institute for Research in Spirituality, Vice Chairperson of the Board of Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corners, the Board of Catholic University of America, and a founder of the Gathering Place in Green Bay.
James was the recipient of many awards including: Chancellor's Award from UWGB, the Paul Harris Fellowship from Rotary, the Spirit of Serra Award from Serra International, Knight of St. Gregory by Pope Paul VI, Knight of Malta, and 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. He was a Knight Grand Cross of the Holy Sepulchre, receiving their Gold Palm of Jerusalem and Pope Pius IX awards.
Jim and Doris enjoyed spending time together and with their family at their cottage on Kangaroo Lake in Door County. They traveled to many parts of the world. He will be remembered for his wisdom, wit and Irish sense of humor.
His family includes his children: Cindy (the late, Fred) Bell, Dan (Laura) Madigan, James P. Madigan, and David D. Madigan; 6 grandchildren: Erin (Lance) Velander, Maureen (Devin) Shanley, Justin (Allison) Madigan, Brian (Andrea) Madigan, Shannon Madigan and Casey Madigan; and 5 great-grandchildren: Lily and Amber Velander, David and Adelaide Shanley, and Hurley Madigan. He is further survived by his brother-in-law, Lawrence Hartl, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris, his parents, a son-in-law, Fred Bell and his brother, Robert "Bob" Madigan.
Visitation will be held at NEWCOMER FUNERAL HOME (340 S. Monroe Ave., Green Bay), Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 4 to 6:45 PM. A prayer service will follow at 7 PM. Visitation will continue at HOLY CROSS PARISH (3002 Bay Settlement Rd., Green Bay), Friday, May 26, 2017 from 9:30 to 10:45 AM. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 AM with the Most Reverend David Ricken, celebrant, Fr. Richard Getchel, homilist and Fr. Michael Weber, con-celebrant. Full military honors will be rendered at the conclusion of the funeral Mass.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jim's name will be directed to charities that were close to his heart.
Jim's family would like to extend a special thank you to his caregivers and to Dr. Kevin Sandmire.
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