By Drew Elizabeth Skinner, March 20, 2017
OTTUMWA – Max Joseph Miller, 83, of Cedar Rapids and formerly of Ottumwa died Thursday, March 16, 2017 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Max was born to Anna and Stephen Miller in Ottawa, IL on January 6, 1934. He was preceded in death by a brother, Stephen, age 8, and a sister at birth. Max graduated from St. Ambrose University and received his master’s degree from the University of Iowa in accounting. He attended Officer’s Candidate School and stayed in the Navy for twenty years, retiring with the rank of Commander. In 1963, he moved to Ottumwa as manager of the Chamber of Commerce, where he met his wife, Cherie. They were married on October 3, 1964. He later assumed the position of Business Manager for the Ottumwa Community School District where he signed Cherie’s paychecks. He retired from this position in 1995.
Max and Cherie moved to Cedar Rapids in 2005 to be close to their grandchildren. This brought them years of joy. While living in Cedar Rapids, Max delivered food to shut-ins, served at the Marion Food Pantry, and was on the Cedar Rapids Planning Committee. He was also on the auditor committee for the Cedar Rapids Schools and a member of the Inter-religious Council Board. He attended St. Joseph Church in Marion and visited nursing homes each Sunday.
Max was active in many groups. He received the Salvation Army Lifetime Award, was a City Council member, and was president of the Ottumwa Regional Health Board, Water Works Board, and RVI Board. He was a member of the Noon Kiwanis and Library Board and was one of the founders of the Tenco Industries. He was a member of St. Mary of the Visitation.
Max is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Cherie, daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Todd Steigerwaldt of Marion, IA, and grandchildren, Joseph and Lauren.
Max and Cherie enjoyed many years of traveling and attending their grandchildren’s activities. A life-long Cubs fan, Max realized his dream last fall when the Cubs won the World Series.
Visitation will be Monday, March 20th from 4-6:30 p.m. at Reece Funeral Home in Ottumwa.
Graveside services and burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at the Ottumwa Cemetery with Father James Betzen CPPS officiating.
Memorials may be directed to Tenco Industries or St. Mary of the Visitation.