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Dr. Max G. Pool December 7, 1915 – October 28, 2011

  Dr. Max G. Pool, 95, of Tucson, Arizona, formerly of Creston, Iowa, died Friday, October 28, at Tucson Medical Center Hospice in Tucson. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, November 25, at the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr, Iowa. Rev. Ed Shields will officiate. Inurnment will be private at Prairie Rose Cemetery in Adams county, Iowa. Pearson Family Funeral Service, 809 W. Montgomery Street, Creston is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be directed to the Iowa State Veterinary College. Online condolences may be left at

Max G. Pool was born on December 7, 1915 on a farm near Corning, Iowa to Garfield and Jessie Naven Pool. He was the youngest of three children. At an early age his family relocated to Hiawatha, Kansas where his elementary school years began. After returning to Iowa, he attended country school near Bedford and graduated with the Bedford high school class of 1932. 

Max farmed briefly in Taylor county, Iowa after graduating from high school. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1942 and proudly served his country in World War II. He was stationed at several posts in the United States before leaving to serve in the China-Burma-India Theatre. Two years in the army took him literally   around the world.

On June 14, 1946, Max and Mae Knox were united in marriage in Lenox, Iowa. They enjoyed over 57 years together before Mae’s death. Their union was blessed with three daughters, Jean, Sharon and Sharmin, who were his pride and joy. 

Max eagerly entered Iowa State College in Ames, Iowa after World War II and graduated from the Veterinary School of Medicine in 1950. His large animal practice in Mount Ayr flourished for over 20 years. ‘Doc,’ as he was known to friends and clients, developed many good friendships with the people that he served. Community involvement included church activities at the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr and serving on the Mount Ayr Board of Education.  

After selling his veterinary practice, he was employed by the State of Iowa as an area veterinarian and lived in Albia, Iowa. Max and Mae bought a farm they loved near Creston, Iowa in 1985. Many special vacations here — especially the Fourth of July — will not be forgotten by their families. Tucson, Arizona near Sharmin was Max’s home for the past two years. 

Max was preceded in death by his loving wife, Mae; parents, Garfield and Jessie Pool; brother, Cranston and wife Gladys, and sister, Pauline and husband William E. Valder. 

He is survived by his daughters, Jean and husband Robert Bernhardt, Sharon and husband Jon Smally and Sharmin Pool-Bak; his treasured grandchildren, Kevin and Nathan Bernhardt, Allyson and Scott Smally and Jesse Bak, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

They will all miss his gentle nature and love.

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