He was born in Greencastle on March 14, 1930 to the late Ernest and Lela (Phillips) Williams.
Max was one of 11 children and all but two have preceded him in death. Those were Ruth, Lucille, Bud, Donald "Poodger," Jean, Peggy, Dale and Ray. Sisters Garnett Gorham of Greencastle and Diane (Bill) McClure of Brazil survive.
Max owned and operated a tree trimming service and a trash hauling business in Greencastle for many years.
He married Helen Moine Huber on Sept. 19, 1949 at the Putnam County Courthouse and she survives. Their union produced four wonderful children who all survive: son David (Debby) of Plainfield, son Melvin of Greencastle, son Kevin (Brenda) of Greencastle and daughter Lynn (Brad) of Greencastle.
Also surviving are five grandchildren Erick Williams of Greencastle, Angela (Morris) Bryant of Brownsburg, Stephanie (Joe) Plummer of Avon, Bailee (Chris) Edwards of Greencastle and Braxton Kean of Greencastle and five great-grandchildren, Brandyn Williams of Plainfield; Nicholas, Ashlee and Madison Plummer of Avon; and Marlee Edwards of Greencastle.
Max was very proud of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren because family meant everything to him.
As a young man and father, Max enjoyed coaching little league baseball. He also liked to play basketball, roller skate, fish and work in his yard.
Max especially enjoyed family get-togethers and reunions. His final wish was for all of his family to stay close.
A celebration of life service for Max will be held Saturday, Dec. 3 at Greencastle Christina Church, 620 Primrose Lane, Greencastle, at 5 p.m. with family visitation one hour preceding the service. A church dinner for family and friends will follow at 5:30 p.m.
It was Max's wish to be cremated and the IU Medical Center is handling those arrangements.
Memorial contributions can be made to The Gathering Together, c/o Rita Fiorentino, 147 N. Center St., Plainfield, IN 46168. You may look online at www.thegatheringtogether.org for information about The Gathering Together.
The Williams family would like to thank hospice nurses and The Gathering Together for their wonderful care of Max in his final days.