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Patrick Thomas Madden

April 8, 1959 — July 8, 2022

Patrick "Pat" T. Madden, 63, of Ogallala, formerly of Wauneta, passed away July 8, 2022, at his home.

Pat was born April 8, 1959, at Chicago, IL, to Hugh "Thomas" and Verinta (Ochala) Madden. Pat and his family moved around frequently following Tom's career in the military. The family lived in Illinois, California, Washington and Texas before moving to Colorado Springs, where Pat graduated from Harrison High School with the class of 1977.

Pat worked as a lineman for a utility company as he went to college. In the mid-1980s, Pat visited his best friend, John "Johnny" Cash, in Wauneta, and Pat fell in love with the charm of the small town. He would return to Colorado Springs for a brief stint to finish out his National Guard commitment, then moved to Wauneta.

In 1983, Pat married Mary Ann Milner, and they were blessed with two children, Elisha and Owen.

Pat put up grain bins and did cement work before going to work for the Village of Wauneta. A few years later, Pat became the Village Superintendent, which was a job that he deeply loved. His career was cut short when a workplace accident in October of 1998 nearly claimed his life, leaving him disabled. He went back to a utility company, Southwest Public Power reading meters until he moved away from Wauneta. Pat found a part time job working at NAPA in Ogallala.

In 2015, Pat connected with Johnny's sister, Joyce Cash, and the two became an inseparable couple. Most recently, the two lived north of Ogallala.

Pat had a servant's heart and loved helping people. He came to embody the type of values that captured his heart when he'd first visited Wauneta. He was a straightforward kind of man, which many people appreciated about him. He often self-deprecatingly labeled himself a jack of all trades and master of none, though his gifts seemed to abound even after his accident. Pat was gregarious, always willing to help and enjoying the company of others.

Pat was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew, Curtis.

Survivors include his companion, Joyce Cash of Ogallala; children, Elisha Madden of Champion, Owen Madden of Wauneta; granddaughter, Ruthan Madden; Brothers, Carl (Candy) Madden of Colorado Springs, CO, Gary Madden of Colorado Springs, CO, Jerome Madden of North Platte; friends, John Cash of Florida and Lynn Brunkhorst of Wauneta; he had two extra kids that he thought of as his own, Tiffany Ward of Oklahoma and Brian Woodring of North Carolina; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

A memorial has been established in Pat's memory for later designation. Condolences may be shared at

A celebration of Pat Madden's life will be held on Thursday, July 14, 2022, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm MT at the Community Center in Wauneta.

Prairie Hills Funeral Home of Ogallala is assisting the family.
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Celebration of Life

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

Wauneta Community Center

, Wauneta, NE 69045

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