Max R. Lingenfelser

Max Richard Lingenfelser – March 5, 1928~ March 14, 2022

Max, 94, passed away at his home in Lawrence, Kansas on March 14, 2022, surrounded by family and friends. Max was born in Lawrence, Kansas on March 5, 1928 to John and Gladys (Cline) Lingenfelser. At the age of 2 weeks the family moved to rural Leavenworth County where Max attended a one room school house with his two brothers Jackie Gene and George. They moved back to Lawrence when Max was in the seventh grade.

As a teenager he worked many odd jobs for spending money. At the age of 17 he enlisted in the US Navy during World War II. He served on the USS Duluth and the USS Bremerton in the South Pacific.

Max was employed by Morton Building Company for over 37 years until his retirement.

Max had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed a good laugh. He often reminisced about the years he spent delivering blocks and the places he had been to around the world.

Max was preceded in death by his parents, John and Gladys Lingenfelser, his two brothers Jack and George Lingenfelser, granddaughter, Bonnie Jean Curtis, daughter-in-law Joy Lingenfelser, stepchildren, Melody Will Skinner and Tim Will, step son-in-law Harold Turner, step grandson, Jamie~Lee Pettengill, and step grandson-in-law John Daly.

Max is survived by “the love of his life” Marilyn Will of the home and his four children, Gloria Curtis of Kansas City, Missouri, Chuck Lingenfelser of Independence, Missouri , John and wife Tracey Lingenfelser of Lawrence, Kansas and Dorothy and husband James Niver of Sweet Springs, Missouri. Also surviving are Marilyn’s children that he loved as his own, Garth and Laura Will of Topeka, Kansas, Victoria Will of Lawrence, Kansas, Jamie and her husband Bill Pettengill of Lawrence, Kansas and Jalayne Turner of Linwood, Kansas.

Max has grandchildren and great grandchildren on the Lingenfelser and Will side of the family that he treasured and numerous friends who will miss him dearly.

A visitation will take place on May 19,2022, from 6:30-8 PM at Rumsey -Yost Funeral Home with a private Military burial on May 20, 2022, at 2PM at Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence, Kansas.

Messages & Condolences

From Michael Flory...

In 1983 The Willow Springs Township formed a new fire dept. We sent out a fundraising letter. Max was the first to show up with 10 crisp $100 bills. That’s who Max was. Enjoy the memories.

From Mark Koch...

Our whole family loved Max. He was Delmar’s neighbor and close friend, and I would laugh hearing them arguing over who was better…The Navy or Marines. Max was good council when it came to real questions, and he had decades of experience. My family will miss him, but Max and Del will be able to continue their conversations over the fence uninterrupted now.

From Madison Lingenfelser...

I really never meet you, Grandpa George never talked about you either but I wish I could have meet you. I hope you see Grandpa George in heaven.

From Helen Pendleton Rumbaut...

My condolences to classmate, Gloria, Max’s daughter. May the Lord Jesus Christ comfort all who mourn, and give them His peace, which passes understanding.

From Pamela Landon...

I didn’t get to spend a lot of time with Max but he always welcomed me with a big grin and open arms. He was full of life and loved everyone.

From Pam Coozennoy...

Marilyn I am so sorry for your loss. May all the memories bring you comfort.

From Mary L Antons...

RIP Mr.Lingenfelser. When I lived in Baldwin I enjoyed coming out to your farm with Dorothy who was and still is my best friend. You and Dorothy’s mom was so hospitable to me. Your farm was amazing. It made me miss my farm life growing up in West Virginia. Have peace in eternity.

From Debby and Tom Lowe...

Max was such an awesome person. He meant a lot to our family. There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do to help someone out while he struggled with issues of his own. I wish we had kept in touch after we moved from Lawrence. May you find peace and comfort in your memories of Max.

From Debbie Adams...

Max was an ornery, hilarious, and fun loving, big-hearted man. Everyone loved him and loved spending time with him. He lived a long and happy life and we’re all going to miss him. RIP Max ❤️

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