Max Arthur, 90, died peacefully on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, at the Winslow House in Marion. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at Goettsch Funeral Home, Anamosa, with interment in Norwich Cemetery, Martelle, with military honors. Friends may call after 9 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Mercy, who took wonderful care of Max in his final days.
Surviving are four children, Nancy (John) Horak, Palm Harbor, Fla., Maria (Daryl) Martin, Marion, David (Dina) Arthur, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Kenneth (Jan) Arthur, Tampa, Fla.; 15 grandchildren; 34, great-grandchildren; and his sister, Gloria McCord, Cedar Rapids.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mae, in 2016; five brothers; and six sisters.
Max Albert Arthur was born July 20, 1928, in Anamosa, Iowa. He was the son of Charles and Sophia Anderson Arthur. Max graduated from Anamosa Community Schools in 1946. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II and served in the Philippines.
Max married Irene Maiden on Aug. 27, 1950, at the Martelle Methodist Church. The couple lived in Dubuque while Max got his bachelor's degree from the University of Dubuque. They later lived in Anamosa and Cedar Rapids before moving to Marion, where they have lived the past 50 years. Max was employed at Collins Radio until 1980 when he retired. Max also sold Electro Lux Vacuum Cleaners for many years. He was one of the top salesmen in the company and won trips to New York City, Paris and Rome and many other prizes. He enjoyed traveling to see family and wintering in Florida. He loved to go fishing and was a family man. Since 1953, he had been a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church and attended Layfette Salem Evangelical Church in Alburnett in recent years.
The family would like to acknowledge and thank the residents and staff at Higley Mansion for their friendship and care during Max's time with them since 2017.