He married Opal Pankoke on April 4, 1949. The union was blessed with four children. They moved to York in April of 1955. Max was a brick layer by trade and worked for many contractors. In 1978 he started his own contracting business. He enjoyed fishing at the Blue River. He and Opal loved to travel. They went on many trips together and visited 49 of the 50 states. Max enjoyed playing cards, reading, especially westerns, Husker football and word puzzles. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church for 59 years where he served on the Board of Trustees, was an usher, a volunteer, and a member of United Methodist Men. Max was a member of the American Legion and for many years was in charge of the York Honor Guard.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife Opal of York; daughters, Marsha Oncza of Columbus, NE and Debra Clark of Clarksville, GA; son, Craig (Toninette) Clark of Lincoln, NE; son-in-law, Roger Schall of York; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Also surviving is his sister Doris Cave of Lincoln, NE; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Max was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Barbara Schall; infant grandson, Matthew; son-in-law, Robert Oncza; brothers: Gerald, Warren, Willard, and David; and sisters, Joan Wear and Carolyn Bowens.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Friday, May 9, 2014 at First United Methodist Church in York with the Reverend Art Phillips officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at York’s Greenwood Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation or to the church.
Visitation will be held from 5pm-9pm on Wednesday and 9am-9pm on Thursday, with family greeting friends Thursday evening from 7pm-8:30pm at the mortuary.