Reverend Richard Donald Madden


October 7, 1937 – August 19, 2016

Reverend Richard Donald Madden, 78, died on Saturday, August 19 at his home in Birch Bay. He leaves his wife of 59 years, Marilyn Madden; his daughter Becky, son Ryan, daughter Jennifer, daughter Christy, 6 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Richard was born in Chicago and graduated from Kelly High School where he met his wife Marilyn in 1956. After a stint in the military, he attended Michigan State University and graduated in 1960 with a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife. In 1964 Richard graduated from the University of Chicago with a Master’s Degree in Psychology, and then graduated from McCormick Theological Seminary a year later with a divinity degree earning the title of Reverend. Richard served as a Presbyterian pastor in Indiana, Oregon, Alaska, Washington, California and Arizona. He retired at the age of 65, and in 2002 he and Marilyn moved to Birch Bay. Richard’s sermons were noted for powerful and inspirational oratory along with compelling stances on the controversial issues of the day. Richard was an avid outdoorsman and wildlife artist who also loved fly fishing, hunting and golfing. He had many adventures throughout his life but he was most associated with Alaska where he travelled throughout the state for the ministry, and enjoyed the wonders of the north country.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, October 9, at 3 p.m., at St. James Presbyterian Church, 910 14th St. in Bellingham. The family requests no flowers. Memorials may be made to St. James Presbyterian Church and Whatcom Hospice.

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