Lexington Resident Max Donald Kitsmiller, 80 (1932-2013)

Max Donald Kitsmiller, 80, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Wednesday, June 19th, 2013, at Plum Creek Care Center in Lexington.

He was born July 31st, 1932, in Beatrice, Nebraska, to Max M. and Ruth A. (Roepke) Kitsmiller. Max moved to Lexington at the age of eight. He attended school and graduated from Lexington High School. Following graduation, he joined the United States Army Reserves. He then was called to duty and served his country during the Korean Conflict, being honorably discharged January 11th, 1957.

Max was united in marriage to Marjorie A. Moore on May 22nd, 1954, at the Methodist Church in Arcadia, Nebraska. Three children were blessed to this marriage; Linda, Barbara and Mike.

Max began his career as a lineman with Dawson Public Power in 1957, retiring in 1994.  His second job, more like his hobby, was bartending at the Veteran’s Memorial Club, a job that he thoroughly enjoyed. He retired when the club closed in 2011, after 30 years. He enjoyed playing cards and reading. But his favorite pastime was teasing the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was a member of the VFW and American Legion.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years; Marjorie of Lexington; son, Mike Kitsmiller of Lexington daughters, Linda Linn and Barbara Rhone both of Lexington,; brother, Joe (Barb) Kitsmiller of Lincoln, Nebraska; sister, Lois Rutt of Lincoln; brother-in-law, Gene Conrad of Lincoln; and, sister-in-law, Peg Kitsmiller of Lincoln; five grandchildren; Ryan Rhone of Lexington,; Matt (Jackie) Wright of Lincoln; Riley (Lexi) Rhone of Lexington; Michele (Travis) Sund of Lexington and Megan (Clint) Stubbs of Pleasanton, Nebraska; 12 great-grandchildren, Alex, Max, Emmett, Addison, Harley, Rhiannon, Reno, Maci, Jack, Avry, Colton and Bentley.

Max was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Roger; sister, Barbara Conrad; brothers-in-law, James Moore and Ted Vose; sister-in-law, Joyce Moore; and sons-in-law, Bill Linn and Randy Rhone.

A Memorial Celebration of Life will be Friday, June 21st, 2013, at 2 p.m., at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington with Reverend Tess Hufford officiating.

Burial will be held prior to the memorial service at Fort McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell, Nebraska.

Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church, the Lexington Volunteer Fire Department or the Donor’s Choice.

Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.  

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