Growing up in Lorraine, Max attended Lorraine Elementary and graduated from Lorraine High School. He went on to Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina where he played basketball, then transferred to Fort Hays State University before getting drafted into the U.S. Army where he fought in the Korean War.
Max married Beverly Cron and to this marriage five children were born. He was a longtime resident of Holyrood where he was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, serving on the board for 10 years and as a Sunday school teacher for 14 years. He was also a member of American Legion Post 200 of Holyrood, VFW Post 6485 of Ellsworth, Masonic Lodge 146 of Ellsworth, and Isis Shrine Temple of Salina.
Max is survived by his daughters, Debbie Oeser of Claflin, Sherry (Jeff) DeWerff of Ellinwood, and Vicki (Butch) Miller of Claflin; son, Mike (Cherie) Folk of Carlsbad, NM; grandchildren, Kristi Nixon, Kari (Dae) VanPelt, Kylie (Rick) Crawford, Blake DeWerff, Katie (Kregg) Carothers, Max Howard (Debbie) Folk, Kelli Folk, Aubrey (Shawn) Sparks, Luke Miller, and Maggie (Kyle) Kriegh; 19 great grandchildren; brother, Roy (Maxine) Folk of Holyrood; and sister-in-law, Mary Folk of Bushton. He was preceded in death by his son, Mark; son-in-law, Chris Oeser; brothers, Guy, Marvin, and Melvin; and sister, Bernice James.
Visitation: 1-8 p.m., Thursday, April 19, 2018 at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth with family present 6-8 p.m.
Funeral service: 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 20, 2018 at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth with burial following in the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ Cemetery, Holyrood.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Holyrood American Legion Post 200 or to Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, c/o, Parsons Funeral Home, PO Box 45, Ellsworth, KS 67439.