|Max E. Mathers, 92, of Knoxville, Ill., died on Saturday, December 31, 2011 at the Knox County Nursing Home.
He was born Feb. 13, 1919, in Galesburg, Ill. to Walter and Carrie Rich Mathers. He married Hertha Ringquist on June 28, 1946, in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Max is survived by his wife, Hertha Mathers; a son, Bill (and Marge) Mathers, Wadsworth, Ill.; two daughters, Sue (and Lee) Grover, Burbank, Calif. and Jane (and John) Weyhrauch, Troy, Mich.; six grandchildren: John Grover, Jonathan Weyhrauch, Erik Weyhrauch, Kevin Mathers, Steven Mathers and Kimberly Mathers. He was preceded in death by four brothers and a sister.
He served in the Air Force during World War II from 1941 to 1946 and then from 1951 to 1953 during the Korean Conflict in the Judge Advocate General's Department. He achieved the rank of Lt. Colonel. Max graduated from the University of Illinois in 1941 with a bachelor of science in agriculture and received his juris doctorate from Wayne State University in Detroit in 1949.
He practiced law in Galesburg for more than 40 years with the firm of Peel, Henning and Mathers. He served as State Commander of the American Legion, Department of Illinois in 1986-1987. He was a member of American Legion Post #749, AMVET Post #0008 and VFW Post #2257. He served on the Department of Illinois Finance Commission with the American Legion for many years. He also served as Superintendant of the Knox County Veterans Assistance Commission for over 40 years.
Funeral services will be 11:00AM Saturday, January 14, 2012 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel with Rev. Phyllis Sterr officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00AM to 11:00AM Saturday at the Chapel. Burial will be in the Knoxville Cemetery. Military honors will be provided at the Chapel. Memorials may be made to American Legion Post #749, OSF Hospice or the Knoxville Presbyterian Church. Online condolences may be left at www.h-p-w.com.