Thomas Olaf Madole, 54, passed away March 19, 2013 in the line of duty while responding to a call as the Village Public Safety Officer in Manokotak, Alaska.
Thomas was born in Versailles, MO on May 11, 1958 the son of Shirley O. and Lydia (Comer) Madole. He received his high school diploma, attended a 2 year Marine Tech Course in Eldon, MO and attended a 2 year correspondence at Global University in Springfield, MO. He attended the Troopers Academy located in Sitka, Alaska in 2012. He worked in Farming/trucking for 15 years; associate pastor from 1998-99; Interim Pastor in 1999; Sr. Pastor at Bethel Community Assembly of God from 2000-2006; Guardian Security Guard from 2007-2009; and Village Public Safety Officer in Manokotak from 2011-2013.
Thomas was a Missouri resident until the year 2000 when he moved his family to Bethel, Alaska and then onto Wasilla in 2006. Upon accepting the duties of a Village Public Safety Officer, he moved to Manokotak in 2011. He was credentialed with the Assemblies’ of God Church for twenty-three years. Thomas enjoyed fishing, hunting and reloading ammunition.
In addition to his mother, survivors include his wife Luan Madole; son & daughter in law, Seth Madole & Trisha Hoffman of Bethel, AK; daughter & son in law, Mindy & Nathan Lopez of Papillion, NE; daughter & son in law, Charly & Roger Baird of Wasilla, AK; daughter Brooklyn Bennett-Golden of Eldon, MO and 9 grandchildren; sister Terri Madole of Indianapolis, IN; brother & sister in law, Tim & Alysia Madole of Racine, WI; sister & brother in law, Tami Madole & David Birdsong of Jefferson City, MO; five nephews; one niece; three grandnephews & three grand nieces.
He was preceded in death by his father Shirley O. Madole, sister Tonya Madole and nephew Jacob Schuster.
Visitation will be on Friday March 29, 2013 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Phillips Funeral Home of Eldon, MO with Funeral Service on Saturday March 30, 2013 at 2:00 PM at New Life Assembly of God Church in Barnett, MO with Rev. Brian Jarrett of Lake Ozark, MO and Rev. Bill Welch Anchorage, AK officiating. Interment will follow at Greenmore Memorial Gardens at Barnett, MO.
Per the family’s request, gifts being given in memory of Tom may be given In Care of the Family. The family will be giving a gift in Tom’s memory to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements are under the direction of Phillips Funeral Home of Eldon, MO.
Alaska Governor Sean Parnell ordered state flags to be lowered Thursday, March 21, in honor and memory of Village Public Safety Officer Thomas O. Madole. “Sandy and I were saddened to learn of the tragic, senseless death of Officer Madole, “Governor Parnell said “Officer Madole will be remembered for his dedication and devotion to public service and the protection of others. We will keep his family, friends and fellow officers in our thoughts and prayers.”
Joseph Masters, Alaska Department of Public Safety commissioner said “For his service, Madole will be posthumously awarded a Law Enforcement Purple Heart and a medal recognizing his bravery on behalf of the state.”