thumb_max-pearl-pic_1024

Max Eldon Pearl: Died 10/24/2016

Max Pearl

1924-2016

Fairport, MO…..Max Eldon Pearl, age 91, was born November 18, 1924 in a farmhouse north of Fairport, MO, the son of Guy & Clarice (Stegman) Pearl and passed away October 24, 2016.

Max graduated in 1942 from Maysville High School and was drafted into the United States Army immediately out of High School.  He was then sent to Ohio State University for officer training before shipping overseas in late 1944 with the 14th Armored Division to fight in Germany.  During his service he was wounded and received the Purple Heart, Presidential Citation, and many other honors.    On January 6, 1947, Max married Betty Jean Shuler in Troy, KS.  To this union four children were born.

Max was a charter member of the Fairport Lions Club and served in different leadership roles for 56 years.  He was the emcee for the Fairport Grand Ole Opry which performed all over northwest Missouri raising money for the Lions Club, which went to help the Eye Bank and scholarships for local graduates.  He was also a member of the local Masonic Lodge in Maysville for over 50 years.  He managed a feed store in Fairport for 41 years, retiring in 1991.  Max was a life long member of the Fairport Baptist Church serving in several different capacities.  He volunteered at the Fairport grade school as basketball coach for many years and coached men’s softball in the area.

Max was an avid golfer and spent many hours on the course in Maysville.  He loved playing cards with his kids and grandkids.  He was known for saying “Why play… if you don’t play to win”!

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Betty; daughter, Nancy Jean Hahn; grandson, Alex Travis Pearl; brother, LaVerne & his wife Doris; & brother-in-law, Jack Morgan.

Survivors include daughter, Sandra Clark (Bob); two sons, Ronald Pearl (Jody) and Richard Pearl (Rose); son-in-law, James Hahn (Nancy); sisters, Eileen Reed (Charles) and Coleen Morgan; grandchildren, Scott Clark, Andy Clark, Jamie Sweiger, Nicole McKahn, Marjorie Farmer, Brian Pearl, Kendall Pearl, Justin Pearl, Brooke McGrath, and Lacy Pearl; fifteen great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 27, 2016 at Fairport Baptist Church with burial in Fairport Cemetery following with full military honors.  Visitation: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at Turner Family Funeral Home of Maysville.  Memorial contributions:  Fairport Baptist Church, Fairport Lions Club, or Fairport Cemetery Association. www.turnerfamilyfuneral.com

 

Tags: ,

20 Responses to “Max Eldon Pearl: Died 10/24/2016”

  1. Bonnie (Jones) Bland October 25, 2016 at 3:09 pm #

    The family is in our my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Steve & Martha Younger & Amy October 25, 2016 at 4:35 pm #

    We loved Max and Betty like family. It will be so sad when we come back to Missouri to visit to not see Max. We send our love and prayers to the family.

  3. Lori (Foster) Hart October 26, 2016 at 12:15 am #

    Love love love this man! One of the kindest person you’ll ever meet. Truly loved the Lord and the Lord shined through him. ❤ I love you Max Pearl!

  4. Nickie October 26, 2016 at 1:35 am #

    I want you all to know how my heart breaKS for you. He was a wonderful man. I loves seeing him in the office. He made the room light up. And the live he had for his beautiful wife was something to be jealous of.
    He would come in the Dr office and I’d drop several things while in the room with him. He’d say kid your gonna end up pregnant. Id say “trouble you are crazy!” Come to find out I was pregnant!!
    Your whole family were alway’s a pleasure to take care of. Your all in my thoughts and prayers!!!
    Now he’s back with his love again!!

  5. Nickie herbert October 26, 2016 at 1:36 am #

    I want you all to know how my heart breaKS for you. He was a wonderful man. I loves seeing him in the office. He made the room light up. And the love he had for his beautiful wife was something to be jealous of.
    He would come in the Dr office and I’d drop several things while in the room with him. He’d say kid your gonna end up pregnant. Id say “trouble you are crazy!” Come to find out I was pregnant!!
    Your whole family were alway’s a pleasure to take care of. Your all in my thoughts and prayers!!!
    Now he’s back with his love again!!

  6. Connie Moore October 26, 2016 at 1:49 am #

    Max was my basketball coach in 1957 and the rest of my years in the “big room” at Fairport Grade School. I was so glad to see him the few times I did after I left Fairport. You have my deepest sympathy. He was a wonderful man.

  7. Candi Scott October 26, 2016 at 2:05 am #

    God gained a wonderful and loving man. Loved him and he will be missed by all. He is once again with the love of his life Miss Betty!

  8. Joyce McMillian October 26, 2016 at 2:19 am #

    You could not help but love Max. So welcoming and I loved his hugs. He encouraged me to learn new things, like clogging. Some of you may remember that. Not sure how I did but he played for me while I tried. He laughed a lot. Hmmm. You will be missed Max. See you one day and maybe there will a place to have hayrides, music and clogging.

  9. Cathy Denny Misenhelter October 26, 2016 at 12:18 pm #

    All of us that were fortunate to grow up in the Fairport community were welcomed and loved by the Pearl family. Memories take me to when Max coached our grade school basketball team, rode in the Saddle Club, 4-H & Girl Scouts – great times. May the family find comfort in knowing the legacy Max left behind.

  10. Paul Ross October 26, 2016 at 1:43 pm #

    Connie and I share our sympathy with the Pearl family. Max was my first basketball coach at Fairport grade school. He always had a positive comment and very supportive. When I got bored in Fairport, I would also go by the feed store and always left feeling better.
    So sorry to hear of his passing.

  11. Steve Smith October 26, 2016 at 3:19 pm #

    Sorry to hear of your family’s loss. Always enjoyed stopping by the feed store to catch up on the local happenings. Max was glad to see folks and cheered all up just by being himself. He was involved in all the local activities with family and a great worker to support many causes.
    He and Betty were great folks. Proud to have known them. Best wishes to the family.

  12. Tom Files October 26, 2016 at 4:44 pm #

    Sorry to hear of Max’s passing. Although, I wasn’t as close as the Fairport kids, I know that Max was committed to family and community. His legacy of service, humor and fellowship will never be forgotten. When I think of Fairport, I think of Max and Betty.

  13. Sheila Davis October 26, 2016 at 4:49 pm #

    So many good memories of Max and Betty. Truly a big part of the strong backbone of Fairport.

  14. Craig & Terry DeBord October 26, 2016 at 10:45 pm #

    I am sorry to hear that another pillar of Fairport has passed. Max was a great man and will be missed dearly.When I think of Fairport ,I always remember playing pitch at the gas station and usually both Max Neil and Max Pearl were both playing from time to time. There will never be another pair like those two. Best wishes to the family in your time of sorrow.

  15. David and Jo McCampbell October 27, 2016 at 12:33 am #

    Richard, Rose, Brooke, Lacy and families,
    Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. I can say with almost 95% certainty that the only times I remember seeing Max were at softball games when I tagged along with my dad as a child, or later when PJ and Em were playing sports against Brooke and Lacy. I always knew Max and my dad would have a chat before, during, or after the event. Fond memories.

  16. Suzy Trude October 27, 2016 at 12:46 am #

    So sorry for your loss. Many prayers for peace and comfort for all of you…

  17. Karen Clegg October 27, 2016 at 1:10 am #

    So sorry for your loss. Max will be missed by all friends and family. I remember Max with a smile and laugh all the time. My prayers & thoughts are with you. Karen (Campbell) Clegg

  18. phoebe everett(kariker) October 28, 2016 at 2:36 am #

    Sorry to see and hear of another good one passing,he was a good person, helped me out just by talking things though, again sorry Prayer for the family.

  19. Carol (Pittsenbarger) McDonald October 30, 2016 at 3:31 am #

    As a Fairport kid, I have so many great memories of Max and Betty. Dear Sandy, Ron, and Richard (and all your families): may you find peace in knowing that your dad was a wonderful person and will again be with your mom.

  20. Ron (R.E.) Sherard October 30, 2016 at 3:52 pm #

    So sorry to hear of Max’s passing. My condolences to the family.

Leave a Reply to Lori (Foster) Hart Click here to cancel reply.