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Max E. Pierce

March 29, 2019



Max E. Pierce


Max E. Pierce, 97, passed away on Friday, March 29, 2019 at the Presbyterian Manor in Newton.


Max Pierce was born on November 20, 1921 in Clements, Kansas to Earl and Martha (Spitler) Pierce.


Max attended Clements schools and was a 1939 graduate of Clements Rural High School. Max was raised on a farm during the depression and was part of a close knit family.  In April of 1944 he enlisted in the US Army where he served two years in the field artillery in the European front and was part of the Battle of Central Europe and the Battle of the Rhine Rivers.


He married the love of his life, Lucille Irene Starns, on July 6, 1945 in Matfield Green, Kansas. They were married for 73 years prior to her passing in 2018.


Max was a long time member of the First Baptist Church.  He served as a Deacon for over 20 years, Sunday School Superintendent and was Chairman of the Baptist Boy Scout Committee.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, woodworking, gardening and reading.  He worked for the Cities Service Gas Company-Southern Star for thirty five years prior to his retirement in 1983.


He is survived by children: Ron and Bonnie Pierce, Steve and Mary Pierce and Kathy and Jim Haden; six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.


Max was preceded in death by his wife: Irene; three brothers and two sisters in laws; and his parents: Earl and Martha.


Funeral Services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Thursday, April 4, 2019 at the First Baptist Church of Newton.  A public visitation will be held from

5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 3rd at Petersen Funeral Home with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. A committal service will be held at Restlawn Gardens of Memory following the service.


A memorial has been established for the First Baptist Church, 6th and Poplar, Newton, Kansas 67114 and the Presbyterian Manor, 1200 East Seventh St., Newton, Kansas. 67114. Petersenfamilyfuneralhome.com.


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9 thoughts on “Max E. Pierce

  1. The Pierce Family,
    We want to express our sincere Sympathy to each of you. We were Sorry to learn of your Dad’s passing. He certainly was a neat, kind person. It was our pleasure to get to know him.
    Love to each of you.
    Bill & Jannette Swafford

  2. Our sincere condolences to the family. Max was a fine gentleman and a great mentor to those who had the honor of knowing him.

  3. Max always a kind man
    And enjoy to be around
    I really enjoy working with Max at Heston Station
    So sorry for your loss
    Joe Simpson

  4. Knew Max and Irene through common service with Cities Service Gas Company. Sorry to learn of his passing. Max was one of the really good guys.

  5. Steve,

    Sorry to read about your dad. We will be thinking about you and Mary.

    Dan & Karen Cutting

  6. To my wonderful friends, sorry to hear about the passing of your daddy. Thinking of all of you and he has reunited with his beautiful wife “mom” in the beautiful heavens.

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