Max Wilbert Glendenning was an extraordinary man. Max was born to Hardin W. and Lola Glendenning on November 30, 1935 in Mount Ayr, Iowa. Max graduated from Mount Ayr high school in 1954. He then served his country in Korea and Vietnam in the US Army.
In 1958 Max married Charolette Keith and to this union were born Jackie Marie, Jamie Louise, Jan Maxine, Jodi Elizabeth, Joi Irene and Jason Wilbert.
He later married Donna Swartwood of Clearfield, Iowa and welcomed children Bobbie Swartwood, Debbie Sage and Guyla Jean Dymond.
On April 19, 2002 Max married Janet Johnson of Mount Ayr and welcomed daughter Sheila Munyon and parents-in-law Bill and Lois Johnson.
Max farmed all his life and enjoyed his work as a mechanic at Mount Ayr Tractor and Machine. He was active in the Mount Ayr American Legion Post #172 and served as commander for 12 years. Max also served as a member of the Clearfield Lions Club.
Max passed away on March 25, 2010 at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr. He is preceded in death by his parents, Hardin and Lola Glendenning; wife, Donna Glendenning; stepdaughter, Guyla Jean Dymond, and father-in-law, Bill Johnson.
Max is survived by his wife, Janet Glendenning of Mount Ayr, Iowa; his brother, Lloyd (Laverne) Glendenning of Mount Ayr, Iowa; his daughters, Jackie (Jim) Hedricks of Hillsboro, Oregon, Jamie (Dave) John of Molalla, Oregon, Jan (Alan Rusk) Campbell of Bedford, Iowa, Jodi (Chris) Tarr of Antelope, California, Joi (Joey) Moshberger of Gladstone, Oregon and Jason (Bonny) Glendenning of Canby, Oregon; stepchildren, Bobbie (Jeanie) Swartwood of Clearfield, Iowa, Debbie (Eric) Sage of Colfax, Iowa and Sheila Munyon of Kellerton, Iowa; mother-in-law, Lois Johnson of Mount Ayr, Iowa; nephews, Paul Glendenning of Mount Ayr, Iowa and Todd (Angie) Glendenning of Redding, Iowa; 26 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren, and countless friends.
A memorial fund has been established in his name to be decided later. Arrangements were by Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr.
Services were conducted at the United Baptist-Presbyterian Church in Mount Ayr on Monday, March 29, 2010, with Rev. Alan Rusk officiating. Pianist was Nancy Sackett.
Casket bearers were Bob Haley, Dr. John Peters, J.R. Cornett, JP Whittington, Jay Meester and Kevin Campbell.
Honorary pallbearers included Walt McGinnis, Brett Yoder, Raymond Hensley, Larry Adams, Dr. Max Mekus, Dick Hull, Steve Trullinger, American Legion #172 members and Clearfield Lions Club members.
Military rites were conducted by Ringgold Post #172 and the Army National Guard Honor Unit.
Max was laid at rest in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr.