March 22, 2007

(5/7/1926 – 3/16/2007)

Walter Max Stevens, 80, of Columbia, MO, passed away peacefully on March 16, 2007 at Tiger Place.

Funeral services were held at Memorial Funeral Home on March 21, 2007.

Max was born on May 7, 1926 in Topeka, KS, to Henry V. and Stacey Ellen Stevens. In 1939, he moved to Missouri where he would make his home for the remainder of his life. After serving in the U.S. Army in 1944-45, Max married Juanita G. Troth on June 23, 1946. Max worked for MFA Oil Company for 40 years, creating the need for them to frequently move around the state while their children were young. They moved to Columbia in 1965 and developed many special friendships in the community.

Juanita passed away on July 1, 2003.

Working with and for “the people” was the cornerstone of Max’s life, whether it involved delivering fuel oil to the farmers in northeast Missouri, encouraging employees he had hired at MFA Oil, greeting worshippers at the 8:30 a.m. service at the Missouri United Methodist Church in Columbia, helping to “keep the books” at Allen’s Florist, delivering blood for the Red Cross or offering support to the staff at Tiger Place, where he resided for 2 ½ years. Max was known as a kind, “somewhat opinionated” man with a special sense of humor; a man with a deep loyalty for his wife and family, for northeast Missouri, the MFA Oil Company, the Democratic Party, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Tigers of Al Onofrio and Norm Stewart. Time spent with Max was seldom boring.

Max is survived by his son, Stanley M. and wife, Kristin Stevens, of Wilmette, Illinois and daughter, Mary Beth and husband, Herman Traudes, of Columbia, Missouri; sister, Betty J. Thompson of Denver, Colorado; sister-in-law, Evelyn M. Troth of Quincy, Illinois; grandchildren Anna and Alex Stevens, Wilmette, IL, and Erik and Cristof Traudes of Columbia, MO.; nephews Jerry Bland, Omaha, NE, and Jerry Thompson, Denver, CO. Extended but important family members include: Jennifer Williams, Manhattan Beach, CA, Jonathan Bland, Lakewood, CO; Stacey Mitchell, Aurora, CO, and Scott Thompson, Puebla, Mexico. Preceding Max in death are two brothers and one sister.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Central Missouri Food Bank or to the Missouri United Methodist Church.

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