Max E. Beals, 79, of Monticello, died at 4:05 a.m., Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at Carle Hospital, Urbana.

A visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 13, 2014 at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 14, 2014 at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home with Rev. Lanny Faulkner officiating. Interment will be held in Monticello Township Cemetery.

Max was born May 23, 1934 in Sadorus, IL the son of William Amos and Ona Marie (Rippy) Beals. He married Joann Hall on November 15, 1958 in Monticello.

Survivors include his wife; Joann Beals of Monticello, daughter; Barbara (J.D.) Russell of Monticello, son; Steven (Brenda) Beals of St. Joseph, grandchildren; Jim Lawrence III, Michael Lawrence, Ashley Beals, and Alyssa Beals, and a brother; Bob (Ruth) Beals of Monticello. He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers (Dale and Russell Beals).

Max was retired from the Pioneer Seed Corn Company and the Armory House Properties; however he also worked as an Electric Motor Salesman along with farming grain and livestock. He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Atwood. Max’s hobbies included collecting antiques and farm toys, playing pinochle, attending the grandchildren’s sporting events, and the love of his family.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Atwood.

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