Max W. KreischerJanuary 28, 1941 ~ July 19, 2017 (age 76)
Max W. Kreischer, 76, of Van Wert, passed away at 1:28 pm Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, IN. He was born January 28, 1941 in Van Wert County, Ohio to his late parents, Lawrence and Edith (McClure) Kreischer.
On April 4, 1964, Max married the love of his life, the former Janet K. Tyas. Together they had three daughters.
Max faithfully served his country in the United States Army and was a former member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, where he was an Elder and served as president of the church council. He was also a former member of the Elks Lodge 1197 and Moose Lodge 1320.
Max spent 31 years in the bowling industry, managing Olympic Lanes for 7 years and the Delphos Recreation Center for 2 years before managing Max-A-Rama Lanes for 22 years.
Max was a member of First United Methodist Church, the American Legion Isaac Van Wert Post 178, the Van Wert Bowling Assn. Hall of Fame and could often be found spending time with his friends at the Sportsman’s Club.
He was a loyal Cleveland Indians and Browns fan, but Max bled Scarlet and Gray for the Van Wert Cougars. Of all the things Max was known to love, the most important to him were his loving wife, daughters and grandkids, where he never missed a sporting event or activity in which they were involved.
Max never knew a stranger and was quick to help whenever someone was in need. His smile was contagious and he loved making people happy.
Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife Janet of Van Wert, daughters Darla(Todd) Dunlap, Denise (Gil) Gutierrez, and Teresa (Neil) Shaffer all of Van Wert; brothers, Harold (Sherry) Kreischer of Ohio City, Ronnie (Linda) Kreischer of Lexington, Ohio, Gerald (Dixie) Kreischer of Ohio City; sisters Marcile Pennell of Colorado, and Audrey (Bill) Campbell of California; grandchildren: Karlin (Alexis) Dunlap, Braden (Brittany) Dunlap, Elisa and Alexa Dunlap, Darren (Vicki) Gutierrez, Dea, Alana, and Nick Gutierrez, Luke (Mandy) Shaffer, Logan (Autumn) Shaffer, Connor, Jared, Sierra, Kaden, and Ashlynn Shaffer; 13 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Max was preceded in death by brothers Gaylord, Floyd, Jimmy, Ralph, Robert and Larry; a sister, Barbara Bashore; and a grandson, Corbin Jacob Shaffer.
Funeral Service will be10:30 am Monday, July 24, 2017 at First United Methodist Church, Van Wert, Ohio with Rev. Gus Cristo-Baker and Rev. Paul Miller officiating. Interment will follow in Evangelical Protestant Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 2 - 7 pm Sunday, July 23, 2017 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, Van Wert, Ohio and again at the church one hour prior to the funeral from 9:30 – 10:30 am on Monday.
Family request that memorial contributions be made in Max’s name to First United Methodist Church.