|Max Bertrand Galbraith, 94, of Roseville, IL, died Sunday March 25, 2012, 10:50 p.m. at the Monmouth Nursing Home, Monmouth, IL.
He was born February 28, 1918 in Burlington, IA, the son of Raymond and Ellen (Swanson) Galbraith. Max was a graduate of Media Wever High School. He was a veteran of WWII serving in the US Navy in the Pacific during the war on the minesweeper U.S.S. Sage and earned the rank of Chief Motor Machinist. After returning from the war, Max went into business with his father and owned Galbraith's Stone Quarry and Delivery for many years.
On June 28, 1947 Max married Yulon L. Whalen in Burlington, IA she died September 9, 2011. Max lived most of his life in Raritan, IL where he and Yulon raised their family. He was a member of the Raritan Baptist Church. Max was proud to be one of the first village board members in Raritan when the board was organized, beside the quarry and delivery of rock and lime, Max also had a bulldozing and dragline business. He also enjoyed farming. In 1966 the family moved to Roseville, IL.
Max always had a love of heavy equipment and road work and in later years had a large collection of antique trucks that he had restored himself. He loved to parade the trucks with his family members all driving or taking part in some way. He also loved when people would ask questions about the trucks or other machinery he had collected. His knowledge of machinery and engines and history of Raritan and the area was well known. He also enjoyed the river cottage that he and Yulon built, where there was always a large group of family and friends that gathered every weekend.
Survivors include one daughter, Karen (Terry) Starbuck, one son Max (Buz) T. (Eva) Galbraith of Roseville, IL. Daughter-in-law, Bonnie Jo Galbraith, of Hiawatha, IA and three grandchildren Jessica (Ben) Veering of North Liberty, IA, Tom Galbraith of Tumwater, Washington and Ryan Galbraith on Denver CO, he also had two great grandsons; Travis and Dillon Viering of North Liberty. One sister Barbara. And a sister -in-law, Darlene Whalen, of Burlington, IA and also four nephews and their families.
He was preceded in death by his wife, one son, Charles (Chuck) Galbraith, and one sister Raamah Christy, one infant brother, Manley Bond and two brother-in-laws, Paul Hudgel and Thomas Whalen.
Graveside service will be Thursday March 29, 2012, 2:00 pm at the Stronghurst Cemetery, Stronghurst, IL Rev. James Oliver will officiate. Friends may call Wednesday March 28.2012 at Corman Memorial Home Roseville, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Henderson County Museum or the Raritan Baptist Church. Please sign the online guestbook at www.cormanmh.com. Corman Memorial Home Roseville IL is in charge of the arrangements.