Max S. Slocum 96, of Memphis, MO, died Tuesday, December 16, 2014, at the home of his daughter and son-in-law in Memphis.
He was born February 28, 1918, on a family farm west of Greensburg, MO, to Bert and Donna (Evans) Slocum. Max attended school at Bible Grove, MO, and after graduating he attended a school in Rolla, MO where he learned tool and die. He worked at Curtis Wright in St. Louis, MO, before entering the United States Navy.
He was honorably discharged after serving for two and a half years during World War II.
He married the former Thelma Jones of LaHarpe, IL, on July 27, 1939, at the Christian Church in Keokuk, IA. She preceded him in death on June 14, 2008.
To this union five children were born: a daughter, Marilyn ; two sons, Mark and Michael; and twin daughters who died in infancy.
Max operated a radiator-small engine business in Memphis for twenty-five years. He had a gift of fixing almost anything. He enjoyed working in wood, making furniture and clocks.
At an early age he became a member of the Pleasant Ridge Christian Church.
He was a good father and grandfather.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Thelma on February 14, 2008; two brothers; and a great grandson, Brandon Rogers.
Survivors include his daughter, Marilyn and husband Jim Paris of Memphis; two sons, Mark and wife Terrie of Lee’s Summit, MO and Mike and wife Gerrie of Ft. Madison, IA; grandchildren, Lisa Rogers and husband Lance of O’Fallon, MO, Jeff Tague of Queen City, MO, Carley and husband Adam Correa of Lee’s Summit, MO, Kelly and husband Johnathan Deen of Ft. Madison, IA, Matthew Slocum of Lee’s Summit, MO, and Jessica and husband Seth Erxleben of Stronghurst, IL; great grandchildren, Derek, Kyle, Mason, and Baylon Tague, Lauren, Eric and Elizabeth Rogers; Koen and Kaelyn Deen, and Madilyn, Maya, and Kade Erxleben; one greagreattgrandaughter, Kylie Tague; one sister, Irene Hammond of Keosauqua, IA; and several nieces and nephews.
Registry hours with viewing will be held on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the Gerth Funeral Chapel in Memphis. Private family services will be held a later time.
Per his wishes, he will be cremated with inurnment in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Greensburg, MO.
Memorials in memory of Max S. Slocum may be made to Hospice of Northeast Missouri and left at or mailed to Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main, Memphis, MO 63555.