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Max M. Esckelson
  • First Baptist Church of Vassar
    5880 Frankenmuth Road
    Vassar, MI 48768

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“Was so glad, I got a short visit with Max a couple of weeks ago, in his home. He always had a smile. An could tell he was related through...Read More »
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“Dear Karen/Bonnie and family-- So very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.Our deepest sympathycollin and carol ”
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“I have known Max my whole life(I think). Always a kind person. Remember all the times he came into the store & the times we seem to have been...Read More »
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Max Milton Esckelson, age 91 years, passed away peacefully Monday, October 12, 2015, at his residence. He was born on August 1, 1924 in Vassar, the son of the late Chrissie and Izora (Cole) Esckelson. Max was a U.S. Army Veteran serving his country in WWII. On April 10, 1948 he was united in marriage to Betty Jean Vandemark, and after 67 years together, she survives him. Max was a member of the First Baptist Church in Vassar and also a member of the Mayville – Vassar V.F.W. Post 10884.

Surviving family include his wife, Betty; children, Jim (Kimberly) Esckelson, Tom (Diana) Esckelson, Bonnie (Richard) Martin and Karen Esckelson; grandchildren, Kristina (David) Weber, Kari Larkin, Jennie (Tim) Greenwood, David (Mindy) Martin and Karli (Dusty) Turner; 14 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild; also surviving are his brothers, Elbert Esckelson, Lee (Barbara) Esckelson and Richard (Thelma) Esckelson; as well as a brother-in-law, Robert Pomerville and several nieces and nephews. Max was preceded in death by his sisters, Maxine (Paquette) Black, Grace Pomerville and Irene Esckelson; brothers, Larry and Leon Esckelson.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 16, 2015, at the First Baptist Church in Vassar. Pastor David G. Somers officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery with Military Honors under the direction of the Mayville-Vassar VFW Post 10884. The family will greet family and friends on Thursday from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Penzien-Steele Funeral Home, 149 N. Main St. in Vassar and at the church on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Those desiring may make contributions to the First Baptist Church of Vassar.