Max J. Angell
Max J. Angell, 87, entered into eternal rest on Monday, May 2, 2011, surrounded by his family at home in Overland Park, KS. Born Feb. 9, 1924 in Plains, KS, Max was 1 of 8 children born to Eddie Meade and Minnie K. Angell. He graduated from Plains High School in 1942 and was a member of the high school band playing the Susa Phone. Max attended First Baptist Church of Plains where he accepted Christ and was baptized around age 10.
At age 18, Max went to Washington, DC, to become a fingerprint technician for the FBI from 1942 – 1943. In 1943 he was inducted into the US Army and served in the Medical Corps as a medical and surgical technician. Working as part of an evacuation hospital unit in the South Pacific region, Max proudly served his country at Morotai Island, New Guinea, and in the Philippines and Japan.
After serving his country, Max attended Ottawa University, Ottawa, KS, from 1947 - 1950 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. While there he sang in the Ottawa Choir and was elected to Who's Who of American Students. Max then attended Central Baptist Seminary in Kansas City, KS, until 1952 when he graduated with a Bachelor degree in Ministry. During his time at Central, Max traveled with the men's quartet and held pastorates in country churches located in northwest Missouri. He was ordained as a minister on January 27, 1952, by the First Baptist Church of Helena, Mo. In 1953, Max assumed an assistant pastor position at the First Baptist Church, El Dorado, KS. Then, in 1955, he helped form and became the pastor of a new church in El Dorado, Park Avenue Baptist. During his tenure there Max married the love of his life, Shirley A. Anderson, on August 18, 1956. He continued to serve that church until June, 1959, and then went on to faithfully pastor churches in Wamego, KS, Colby, KS, and Kansas City, KS.
In 1972, after suffering a major stroke, Max was forced to retire from the ministry due to health reasons. During his retirement, Max enjoyed playing the harmonica in a range of settings and never passed up an opportunity to share his musical gifts with others. Of his many personal traits, one that clearly stood out was Max's ability to share a positive conversation and words of encouragement and faith to complete strangers. He dearly loved people, all people, and always had a greeting to share no matter what the situation.
Max is survived and missed by his wife of 54 years, Shirley, and by his entire loving family including daughter Julie Shore and her husband Patrick, daughter Gayla Grayum and her husband Henry, by his four grandchildren Jodi Livengood and her husband Kyle, Chad Shore and his fiancee Holly, Emily Jensen and her husband Brad and Stephen Grayum. Max was also blessed with two great grandchildren, Brady Evan and Addison Grace Livengood. Max was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and three brothers.
Max is survived by his brother, Lloyd Angell of Estes Park, CO, his sister, Aladine Neuenschwander, of Boulder, CO, and many other loving relatives and friends who were blessed to know him.
Funeral Service was held May 5th at 11:00 a.m., at First Baptist Church, 8200 West 96th Street, Overland Park, KS. A Graveside Service was 2:00 p.m., at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, 701 North 94th Street, Kansas City, KS. Memorial gifts are suggested to be donated to One Great Hour of Sharing in care of the First Baptist Church. (Condolences may be expressed at: Arrangements: Porter Funeral Homes & Crematory, 8535 Monrovia, Lenexa, KS (913) 438-6444)