Nathaniel “Nate” Walther Madden, Age 23 of Ada, formally of Kettering OH, passed away Saturday, December 21, 2013.
He was preceded in death by his Grand Parents John and Betty Walther. He is survived by his parents, Dennis and Wendy Madden, brother Chase, Best Friend Mike Worst, grandparents: James & Patricia Madden, Aunts and Uncles Todd & Cindi Walther, Peggy & Mark Satzger, Joe & Christy Madden, Kathy & Ben McNary Cousins Kristen and Mike Blum, Rob Satzger, Matt and Kim Madden, Megan and Morgan McNary, Tripp Walther and many, many friends and admirers. Nate graduated from Forrest Hills Central High School with Honors and attended Calvin College and Hope College. Nate met two of his dearest friends at Calvin College, Brittney and Avery. Nate loved living life and cherished every day. He enjoyed spending time with his family and being with his extended family especially Bethany Beach, MA, Dayton, OH, Santa Barbara, CA and Elk Lake, MI. He loved flying, swimming, movies, theater, and Christmas. Nate was his brother’s biggest hockey fan.
Nate displayed courage and faced adversity with a smile and never a complaint. He never said an unkind word to anyone and fiercely pursued happiness for those around him. He never let his disease get in his way. Nate went on Safari in South Africa; River cruised Germany; Conquered the Winter Palace in Russia and faced whales in Alaska but his favorite places were Disney World and Siesta Key. He was a true example of courage, grace and unselfishness. Nate was given to his family and the world as a gift from God. Muscular Dystrophy deteriorated Nate’s body, but his spirit was untouched. Nate perfected love with a childlike innocence. His undying spirit will endure and continue to inspire all who knew him. Nate shares with you his last thought: My Life Was My Message. Friends and family are invited to gather in celebration of Nate’s life during visitation at O’Brien Eggebeen Gerst Chapel, 3980 Cascade Rd. SE on Friday December 27, from 5-8pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Saturday, December 28 at 11am at St. Robert of Newminster Church, 6477 Ada Dr. SE with Reverend Leonard Sudlik presiding. Memorial contributions may be made to Make a Wish Foundation 648 Monroe Ave NW #104 Grand Rapids, MI 49503