Sherman Woodrow (“Sherm”) Madison died in St. Vincent Hospital on December 12, 2016 in Billings, Montana at the age of 77.
Sherm is survived by his daughter, Suzanne Madison Goldstein of Los Angeles, son-in-law Michael Goldstein and grandchildren Natalie, Alex, and Nicholas; by his sister Karen of Rapid City, South Dakota; and by numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Raymond and Gordon.
Sherm was born on July 25, 1939 in Sturgis, South Dakota to Richard and Selma (Nelson) Madison. Although he was extremely bright, he left school as a teenager to ride a freight train to the West Coast with some buddies, and fell in love with the Pacific Ocean. It was probably this love that led him to bluff his way into the U.S. Navy at the age of 17, and he served honorably for several years in the Pacific Rim. After settling in Long Beach, California, he met and married Janice St. Onge in 1964 and, a year later, welcomed his only child, Suzanne. He worked in the corrugated box industry in Southern California for decades, until he retired to Montana.
Sherm was an avid reader and political junkie, penning numerous Letters to the Editor of the Billings Gazette (and winning their Golden Pen Award more than once). He loved offbeat films like “Harold and Maude” and anything featuring Gene Wilder, and had great taste in music, from Ray Charles to Hoyt Axton to Bob Seger to Bruno Mars. He never met a form of wagering that he didn’t enjoy, be it Santa Anita, Las Vegas, or his local spot in Roundup. Sherm always had a joke, story or prank at the ready. He was a joy to spend time with for all who knew him, and will be greatly missed.
A celebration of life is scheduled for Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 12 noon at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 602 Main Street, Roundup, MT. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Sherm’s life.