|Max Vernon Wisgerhof of St. Clair Shores, Mich., died Sept. 28, 2011. He was 97.
He was born in Sully, Iowa, to Bertha (Crum) and Garrett Wisgerhof, and his death was the last of 14 siblings.
He grew up in Sully, and graduated in 1936 from the University of Iowa, where he was captain of the cross country and track team in 1935. Beginning in 1936 he taught in the high school in Victoria, Ill., where he met Portia Armstrong, a teacher, and they married in 1938. He subsequently worked for the American Chicle Company (recruited by his brother-in-law) and was an officer in the U.S. Army in World War II, in the Medical Administrative Corps (as an athletic coach).
From 1948 he worked for the Intra State Telephone Company in Galesburg, Ill. He was acting manager there when he retired in 1978. He was active in the Methodist Church, the Boy Scouts of America (Silver Beaver Award), charities, educational endeavors, and professional organizations.
After the death of his wife in 1994 he lived in the Seminary Estates in Galesburg, where he enjoyed the presence of new and previously known friends. In 2005 he moved to Michigan to be close to his son, Max (Mary), his granddaughter, Elizabeth (Anthony) Pariano, and his great-grandsons, Nicholas (8) and Joseph (7). He lived for five years in ShorePointe Village in St. Clair Shores.
He embraces the lives of others, and he opened his life to them.
A memorial service will be at noon Nov. 12, 2011 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. His ashes will be interred in Galesburg. In lieu of flowers, he wished memorials be contributed to the Galesburg Rescue Mission and Women's Shelter, the OSF St. Mary Hospital Foundation, both in Galesburg, and the United Methodist Church in Victoria.