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Linda Madsen McKeown, 76, of Townsend passed away peacefully on February 23, 2017 after a brave battle with an extended illness. She was surrounded by her husband Patrick and her family.

Linda was born in Helena MT on December 26, 1940 to Harold and Wilhelmina (Wickersheim) Madsen. She was the third child of a family of seven children.

She married James Loescher on October 6, 1973 and he passed away on November 2, 1994. She then married Patrick McKeown, whom she met in Sturgis SD, on October 9, 2004.

Linda worked hard since she was a young teenager and never took the easy road to get things done. She worked at many professions including, car hop, waitress, bar tender, she also managed the Veterinarian clinic that her first husband owned and operated here in Helena. She took pride in her work even when she was retired, keeping her yard beautiful and groomed.

Linda loved to go fishing with her husband Patrick and socializing with all their friends in the Townsend area. She also loved fishing with friends in South Dakota where Patrick was from, they would come back with walley, northern, and cat fish, along with good stories and great pictures.

She is preceded in death by her parents Harold and Wilhelmina (Wickersheim) Madsen, her sister Shirley Madsen Olson of Helena, brother William (Billy) Madsen of Petersburgh VA and her first husband James Loescher.

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She is survived by her husband Patrick McKeown, step daughter Amanda Flage and her husband Scott, step daughter Denise McKeown and her son Malcom Ines, all whom she adored. Included also, are her brothers Harold Madsen (Ellen), brother Lester Madsen (Susan), brother David Madsen (Susan) and brother Farrell Madsen (Suzanne), as well as numerous nieces and nephews whom she loved very much.

A Celebration of Life and Potluck will be held at 3 p.m. at the VFW East Helena Post 10010, on Saturday, March 4, 2017. Please visit www.retzfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Linda.

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