Michael Gregoire Philias Madore

April 30, 1937 ‒ October 12, 2015

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: Michael Gregoire Philias Madore, age 78, passed away Monday evening, October 12, 2015, from a long battle with cancer. At the time of his passing, he was surrounded by his immediate family, along with being in the thoughts and prayers of many other family members and friends.

He was born April 30, 1937, in Van Buren Maine, to parents Donat & Annie Madore. After graduating from Presque Isle High School, he went on to graduate from the University of Maine with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. Michael then proudly served his country for 12 years as a US Army Captain serving as a Military Intelligence Officer. While serving in Germany he met his wife Judith Fenner. During his tenure in the Army he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal. After which he transferred to the Department of Defense serving for more than 23 years with the National Security Agency residing in Columbia, Maryland. During his time with the NSA he wrote many books and service manuals on linguistics mainly regarding the Russian language. Upon retirement from the D.O.D. he and his wife Judith moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico. After Judith’s death in 1999 he married Nancy Sheets in 2007. He resided in the Albuquerque metro area for approximately 20 years prior to moving to Lexington to be with family.

In his spare time he enjoyed building car and ship models, reading, following politics, playing cards, working daily crossword puzzles, jig-saw puzzles, growing flower gardens, landscaping and wood working. Traveling and experiencing other cultures was his passion as he was fluent in several other languages. Hawaii was by far his favorite destination as it was the place he traveled most frequently.

He is survived by son Michael Lance Madore of Hauser, Idaho, and his children Amber Madore of Baltimore, Maryland, Jessica Falsone of Hauser, Idaho, Christine Madore of Post Falls, Idaho, and Damien Madore Taylor of Knoxville, Tennessee; son Douglas (Pamela) Madore of Galion, Ohio, and their children Brittnay, D. Andrew, Rachel, and Elisabeth; His stepson Russel (Shirley) Sheets and his children Kendall and Conner, of Tucson, Arizona, stepdaughter Terri Morris and her daughter Courtney Baca, of Albuquerque, New Mexico,  his siblings Robertine “Bobbi” Kelly of Chicago, Illinois, J. Donald Madore (Louise) of Bedford, New Hampshire, and Carol (Raymond) Surapine of Hartford, Connecticut, and numerous relatives, nieces and nephews scattered all over North America.

In addition to his parents, Michael was preceded in death by his first wife Judith (Fenner); his second wife Nancy (Sheets); siblings Girard, Bernard, Roderic, Charline, Luella, Floyd, and Joseph.

Michael’s cremated remains will be interred in the Western Reserve Veterans Cemetery in Rittman, Ohio, with Military honors. Although no public service will be held in Michael’s memory, his family wishes to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers, love, and support during this incredible journey.

Michael had an interest in philanthropy by supporting as many as 50 Catholic charities and other charitable organizations. In lieu of flowers to the family, please make a donation to your local Wounded Warriors Project in Michael’s name as he was an avid supporter of this charity. This can be found at WWW.WoundedWarriorProject.org.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Michael’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • Our sincerest condolences to Michael and Douglas Madore and their families. We were fortunate to spend some quality time with Uncle Mike during the past few years. He was a wonderful father, son, brother, uncle and simply a good man and friend to all who knew him. He was much loved and will be greatly missed.
    Mike & Gail Kelly

  • Thank you for sharing Mike’s care with Hospice of Morrow County. It was an honor to care for him on his final journey. May God Bless and give peace to all of you.

  • Our thoughts are with you, Doug and Mike, and to your families. I always enjoyed my conversations with your Dad..politics of course. He was a very interesting man. He was a brilliant man. Be comforted by the fact that he is now at peace. He will be missed.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time…He was a great man, brilliant, caring and loved his family. Take comfort that he is now at peace, his battle o’er and is now watching over you and your family. I am so glad that my daughters were able to meet him, talk to him, and learn from him. He will be missed.

  • Mike was my first supervisor when I started my government career, and I also shared an office with him for several years. He was such a wonderful teacher and just a terrific person. Whenever something wasn’t going well at work, he would say, “it all goes toward 30 (years),” so why be upset. He loved his family and was a devoted husband and father, a role model for all. It’s wonderful to know that he was with his family, a family he so dearly loved.

  • I worked with Mike for many years and shared an office with him. Before he and Judi moved to Arizona, we had him over for dinner. I remember that he brought me a single, perfect rose from his garden. He was a wonderful colleague, friend and mentor.

    Jil Aspatore