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December 6, 1927 – November 2, 2018

Max Keesler
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Obituary for Max Keesler

Max H. Keesler, 90, of Battle Creek, MI, passed away, Friday November 2, 2018. Max was born December 6, 1927, in Grand Ledge, MI, son of Owen and Beulah (Miller) Keesler.
Max was preceded in death by his father and mother, brother Marvin Keesler (died as an infant), Harold (Katherine) Keesler, Beulah (Roy) Bedford, Mary (Dolph) Tingay, and daughter-in-law Christina Keesler (wife of Michael Keesler).
Max was preceded in death by his wives, Carmen Bowker, Sally Mains, Lillian McDowell and Imogene Thurman.
Max is survived by sister Wilma (Jack) Paulson and sister-in-law Della (Thurman) King.
Max is survived by his children, Michael Keesler, Marci (Harry Bush) Keesler, Bill (Brenda) Wooten, grandchildren, Michael Jr. (Beth) Keesler, Christina (Jerod) Youmans, Daniel (Shelbi) Keesler, Angela Blakesley, Aaron (Rachel) Hilliker, Eric (Christina) Davison, Carrie (Alex) Richey, Randy (Heather) Wooten, Daryl (Samantha Lindhout) Wooten, Michelle (Dan Fierke) Wooten, and 25 great-grandchildren.
Max loved to go to the family hunting cabin in Baldwin, MI, so much so that him and his wife, Imogene, lived there for 11 years with no electricity, running water, or indoor plumbing. They enjoyed every minute of it. When they decided to move away from the cabin, they spent their winters in Parker, AZ, and their summers in Battle Creek until health issues caused them to stay in Michigan year round.
Max graduated from Stockbridge High School in Stockbridge, MI.
Max was a machinist for the Grand Trunk Railroad for 33 years until his retirement in 1985. He was a union member of the International Assoc. of Machinist and Aerospace workers.
Max also served in the U.S. Navy as a Seaman Apprentice from 1946-1949, and in the reserve for 4 years. His home port was San Diego, CA. While serving, they received orders that they needed to take something to Eniwetok, Marshall Islands. At the time, they didn’t know what they had on board, and during his trip they had to Russian submarines away so they didn’t find out what they were carrying. Later, while watching a DVD movie, “Victory at Sea”, he found out it was an H-Bomb.
Max was a member of the Moose Lodge #676 in Marshall, MI, since 1953 and a member of the VFW in Baldwin, MI, since 1988. He did belong to the American Legion #298, but not at the time of his death. He loved to play Euchre, hunt and fish. He also loved reading books (sci-fi) and doing crossword puzzles until his eyes wouldn’t let him anymore.
The memorial service will be held at Fort Custer National Cemetery on November 19, 2018, at 1:00. Donations may be made in Max’s name to the American Heart Association.
A special Thank You, to the nurses and staff at the VA Hospital 84-2, for the care they gave Max while he was there.

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Service Information

Monday, November 19th, 2018 1:00pm
Fort Custer National Cemetery
15501 W. Dickman Rd
Augusta, MI 49012