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Max Tennant Anderson was born December 6, 1927 to Edna (Tennant) Anderson and Jesse Anderson. He departed this life October 25, 2012 at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr, Iowa.

Max lived his entire life in Mount Ayr, graduating from Mount Ayr high school in 1946. He married his high school sweetheart, Maxine Greene, on May 11, 1947. To this union was born a son, David Lynn, daughter, Sharla Lynn and by adoption, a son, Kelly Lynn.

Max worked with his dad, Jesse, at the Mount Ayr Mill & Feed Company during high school. After graduation he went into partnership with his dad and later purchased the business from him. Max retired from the Mill in 1992 with special recognition of being the oldest Nutrena Feed franchise in the nation at that time.

Max was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church, a 25-year volunteer for the Mount Ayr Fire Department, president of the businessman’s club for two years and was mayor of Mount Ayr for two terms. He enjoyed serving the community.

Max struggled with chronic kidney disease and spent the last 14 years on dialysis with the past 11 of those years under the excellent care of the Ringgold County Hospital dialysis team. This gave him years of good quality life.

Preceding Max in death were his parents; son, David, and a sister, Marion Anderson.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 65 years, Maxine; son, Kelly and wife Debbie Anderson; daughter, Sharla and husband Steve Norris; grandchildren, Molly and Anthony Anderson, Scott and wife Laura Norris, Shannon and husband Josh Rusk; one great-grandson, Nathaniel Rusk; sister, Thelma and husband Bill Rusk; nieces; nephews, and friends.

A memorial fund has been established in his name to be decided later.

Services were conducted at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr on Sunday, October 28, 2012, with Rev. Skip Rushing and Rev. Alan Rusk officiating. Musician was Mike Greene.

Casket bearers included Scott Norris, Josh Rusk, Mack Greene, Maurice Greene, Andy Rusk and Scott Rusk.

Honorary pallbearers were Anthony Anderson, Shannon Rusk, Molly Anderson, Laura Norris and Ringgold County Hospital Dialysis Team.

Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr.

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