GRIDLEY - Hugh Max Kirkton, 83, of 31453 Burt Court, No. 13, Chenoa, formerly of Gridley, died at 3 a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 10, 2006) at Meadows Mennonite Home.
He was a member of the Meadows Mennonite Church, where his funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday. The Rev. John Heyerly and the Rev. Steve Estes will officiate. Burial will be in Waldo Township Cemetery, rural Gridley. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, El Paso, and for one hour prior to service on Friday at his church. Memorial contributions may be directed to Meadows Mennonite Home, 24588 Church St., Chenoa, IL 61726.
Max was born May 10, 1922, at Waldo Township, Livingston County, a son of Hugh L. and Jeannetta Drury. He married June Oyer on Jan. 6, 1945, at Meadows Mennonite Church. She survives.
Other survivors include a daughter, Sharon (Bob) Hughes, Rochester, Minn.; three sons, James (Vicky) Kirkton, Goshen, Ind.; Dean (Susie) Kirkton, Henry; and Rick (Gay) Kirkton, Angola, Ind.; one brother, Roger (Mary) Kirkton, Gridley; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Raegan Neal, and four brothers.
He graduated from Gridley High School Class of 1940. He was a lifetime farmer in Waldo Township and served on the board of directors for the Livingston County Farm Service Company. He also served on the Waldo Township Board.
Max's family would like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff and nurses of Station 2 at Meadows Mennonite Home.
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