2017-03-15 / Obituaries


Max Cote Thierer, age 85, of Manhattan, Kansas, died Thursday morning, March 9, 2017, at Via Christi Village in Manhattan.

He was born on July 12, 1931, in Manhattan, Kansas, the son of Levi Lester and Lena (Cote) Thierer.

Max was raised in the Eureka Valley near Manhattan and graduated from Manhattan High in 1949. He farmed until he was in his late 20’s and then owned and operated East Gate Pawn Shop in Ogden until 1980.

On September 25, 1954, at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Ogden, he was united in marriage to the former Jean D. Fisher. Together they made their home in Ogden until moving to Raymondville, Texas in 1980. Jean preceded Max in death on November 25, 2000. Max then moved back to Manhattan in 2002.

Max was quite active during his lifetime through numerous memberships and hobbies. His memberships included the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Ogden and the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Raymondville. Other memberships included the Raymondville Chamber of Commerce, the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Lions Clubs in both Ogden and Raymondville. Max was an avid coin collector and shared this passion through his membership with the Manhattan Coin Club of which he was a past president. He also enjoyed stamp collecting, wood working and was an avid outdoorsman where he enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. For many years he served as a Boy Scout leader in Ogden and later in Raymondville where he especially enjoyed helping the boys with the Pinewood Derby races. Max was also generous in other volunteer work which included being a volunteer fireman in both Ogden and Raymondville as well as volunteering for the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon where he won numerous awards and recognitions for his successful fundraising achievements.

Survivors include his two daughters: Judy Crosby and her husband Herb and Barbara Larson and her husband David, both of Manhattan and his son: Max S. Thierer and his wife Lisa of Shawnee Mission, Kansas. Also surviving are four grandchildren: Chris Crosby (Amy), Dan Crosby (Brooke), Codi Larson and Cole Thierer and three great grandchildren: Gracyn, Kensington and Adler Crosby.

In addition to his wife, Max was also preceded in death by two brothers: Lee Thierer, Jr. in 1983, and Edward G. Thierer who died in infancy. He was also preceded in death by his half-sister: Ila Rahl.

The family will receive friends during a visitation from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m. Friday, March 17, 2017, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

Memorial Services will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 18, 2017, at the Yorgensen-Meloan- Londeen Funeral Chapel with Father Merlin Kieffer officiating. Private internment will be in the St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Ogden.

To leave an on-line condolence for the family, please visit the funeral home website located at www.ymlfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers memorials have been established for the Johnson Cancer Research Center at KSU and for the Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan- Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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