Max Elias Crabtree

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Max Elias Crabtree, age 95 of Fredericksburg, IA passed away on Friday, June 5, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in New Hampton, IA. Max was born to Arley and Ora Mae (Kennedy) Crabtree at their home in Fredericksburg on December 10, 1919. He grew up on a farm in rural Fredericksburg and attended rural schools through the eighth grade. On January 10, 1943, Max was united in marriage to Lila Myrtle Thompson at the Little Brown Church near Nashua. To this union, five children were born. Max and Myrtle rented farms before buying their own in 1950, southwest of Fredericksburg, where they lived for years. Max also worked at the Fredericksburg Farmers Coop, and worked for Titus Manufacturing in Waterloo for 14 years. Max was very active in Farm Bureau, President of the Fredericksburg Sportsmanโ€™s Club, country schoolboard director, and a member of Chickasaw Trail Riders. He participated in the Chuckwagon Races of Iowa and Minnesota for 32 years where he was an outrider, judge and official starter. Max broke many horses for other people. He enjoyed going camping and loved spending time with family. He was also in many parades as far away as Chicago, Milwaukee and Baraboo where he was a security rider for the Ringling Bros. Circus parade. The parade Max enjoyed the most was Dairy Days in his hometown of Fredericksburg, where he celebrated with family and friends every year. Max was an active member of United Methodist Church in Fredericksburg. He is survived by his children Sharon Crabtree, of Center Point, IA, Karolyn Sill, of Scottsdale, AZ, Susan (Ken) Steege, of Fredericksburg, IA, David (Stacy) Crabtree of Mt. Vernon, IA, Lisa (Rod) Reicks, of New Hampton, IA; 23 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren with three more on the way, and many more loving family and friends. Max was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and a brother; Lila Myrtle, his wife of 68 years; and great-granddaughter Brandy Bentley.

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  1. I just loved this man. He was always nice to see and talk to. He was one of my favorite residents in the home. He will be missed a lot!!! I will also miss his family that I got to talk to. My thoughts and prayers with his family.

  2. My Deepest Sympathy to the entire family….Prayers and Thoughts with you during this time of Loss of Loved One!

  3. Lisa & Family, So sorry to hear of Max’s passing. I remember Max & Archie starting when I was young, the “Cowboy & Chuckwagon Days.” Seems like yesterday. He is still handsome in the picture, WOW! You are in our thoughts & prayers. May you find strength & peace that he is in Heaven with all those gone before. God Bless You All, Debbie (Vorwald) Morrison

  4. This man taught me to ride and drive horses, and I am still riding and driving! He was a great mentor and outstanding horseman. Twice a year at the Waverly horse sale I look at his picture that is posted on the wall! My deepest sympathy to the entire family. Bev Ellison (Hamlow).

  5. We are so sorry …Wednesday is the parade and I remember that cute float last year pulling MAX…I will certainly remember him when the flag goes by…we send our SYMPATHY to his family ๐Ÿด ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

  6. So sorry for your loss. Max was always smiling. He was an awesome guy. Loved racing chuckwagon when he was a judge.

  7. So sorry to hear of Max’s passing. I hope God’s ready for this cowboy, he’ll talk straight to Him. My favorite “Maxism” he was talking of disagreeing with the Mrs saying “I’ll get the last word even if it is to the dog on the way to the barn.” At Kristine’s wedding, I hadn’t seen Max in a few years and him being 90+, I walked over introduced myself, he nodded his and and said “I know who ya are.” What a mind and memory. Sorry we can’t make it, our schedules are cemented in, but we send our condolences and love.
    Loel and Victoria Fink

  8. So sorry to hear the news of Max’s passing. A big part of my life has passed away in the last half a year.The picture of Max in his hat with the peacock feather makes me think how proud I was the day he gave one to me! Wiley was on barrel one I was on barrel three Max was the starter. My first day being full time judge in Central City ,Iowa I WAS SO PROUD TO WEAR THAT FEATHER!!!! God Bless you Max and the Crabtree family. Michael J. Ball

  9. Thoughts and prayers with all the families and friends of Max who always had a smile for everyone!!

  10. We remember Max as a very funny and the sweetest man. Max worked with my father Jay Jackson at Titus and then when I was a child our family went to the Chuck Wagon Races. We all wore the gold shirts. Max would ride Mrs. Beasley. Our deepest SYMPATHY goes out to your families. Elma Jackson and Cinda Jeffers

  11. My sympathy to your families. I remember Max bringing his daughters to school in a sleigh and picking them up the same way when the roads were blocked by a snow storm. Helen Bartz Wegner


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