In Loving Memory

Marvin J. Max

Marvin J. Max

October 2nd, 1930 - January 4th, 2019


Saturday, January 12th, 2019 at 3:00 PM

Church of the Resurrection Wesley Chapel,
13720 Roe Avenue,
Leawood KS 66224


Marvin J. Max Marvin J. Max, 88 passed away on January 4, 2019, at home in Overland Park, Kansas.

Marv was born October 2, 1930, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Jean and Ben Max. Marvin graduated from the University of Central Missouri in 1951 where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He was a member of Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity. In 1992 Marvin was invited to serve as a director and treasurer of the University of Central Missouri Foundation and remained on the Foundation until 2000. Marvin commenced his professional career as a CPA and also taught accounting at Rockhurst University. With that foundation, he moved on to Anchor Savings Association as internal auditor which further prepared him for a rewarding career at Brotherhood Bank & Trust (now Bank of Labor) as head of the Trust Department. In 1985 Marvin was elected President and CEO. He retired in 1991. Marv served on the Kansas State Banking Board from 1992-95. Concurrently, Marvin was tapped by Argentine Federal Savings for their Board of Directors and went on to be elected chairman of their Board of Directors in 2002, retiring in 2012. During his retirement, he served as secretary/treasurer in his wife's business, Study Systemizer, Inc. Marvin was the 1992 recipient of the Spirit of Caring Award, which is committed to helping people. Whether through his banking career or volunteer involvement, Marvin continued to make a difference in people's lives. He served the community through United Way since 1986. Marv was active on the finance, planned giving and endowment, and agency fund raising committees, and as treasurer. In 1989, he served as chairman of the Red Feather Society, United Way's leadership giving program and serving as chairman of the Board in 1989-90. In addition to his involvement with United Way, he served on the Board of Directors of the Wyandotte County Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Heartland Council of Camp Fire, Inc. Marvin was president of Shawnee Mission Rotary where he was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow, a Rotary International award; and with the American Institute of CPAs. Marvin was recognized as Boss of the Year in 1987 by the American Business Women's Association. He was a distinguished member of the Monkey Club of Kansas City, KS. Known to family and friends as a smart, kind, and talented man, Marvin entertained people all his life with song, acting, and his own written words. He wrote several children's stories, commemorative song lyrics, clever weekly newsletters for his Rotary Club, Sunday school skits, absorbing articles on financial matters, and much more. During the late 1960s Marvin penned a charming play entitled The Terrible Tale of Toby Trash, which was well ahead of its time in addressing recycling. The play has been and is still being performed by schools and children's groups. Marvin was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Though a consummate financial professional, his greatest life joy was entertaining others, creating and playing the comedic and inspirational roles with his family and friends. Marv continued to melt the heart of his cherished Gertie by serenading her at every chance.

Marvin is survived by his wife of sixty-seven years, Gertie Max of the home, son, Bradford (wife Sheryl); granddaughters, Megan of Atlanta, GA; Emily Glore (husband Peter) of Boston, MA; grandson, Jay Todd of Santa Monica, CA; and daughter, Pamela Burke (husband Brendan); grandsons Ryan (wife Francesca) of San Francisco; CA, Kyle (fianc‚ Ava Pessina) of Madrid, Spain; granddaughter, Kailey of Newbury, MA; foster grandson, Brent Chase, of Boston, MA; and much loved nieces and nephews. Marvin's parents, Jean and Ben Max, preceded him in death. He was also preceded, early on, by his older brother, Jerome.

A celebration service of Marvin's life will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, January 12, 2019, in the Wesley Covenant Chapel at United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, 13720 Roe Ave., Leawood, KS 66224. A gathering will follow the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to KU Endowment Alzheimer Research. Make check payable to KU Endowment Alzheimer Research and mail to KU Endowment, 4125 Rainbow Blvd., Suite #300, Kansas City, KS 66160.

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