Max Barrows

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 29, 2009

Max E. Barrows, 87
Max E. Barrows, 87, of Bancroft, died on Jan. 25, 2009, at the age of 87.
Max was born on Nov. 30, 1921, in Austin, to Faye and Basil Barrows. Max was schooled in Austin then worked for the Coca-Cola Bottling Company there. Though Max was not in the military, during World War II, he drove high ranking military people for the Manhatten Project in the Tri-Cities area of Washington State. He later moved to Brainerd, Minn. where he worked for many years at a paper mill. He moved to the Titonka area, working at Winnebago in Forest City, when he met and married Ruth Arndorfer Menke on June 29, 1978, in South Dakota. The couple lived on the Menke family farm, northeast of Bancroft all their married life. Max was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan. He enjoyed enjoyed dancing, golf, horses, watching westerns on television, lawn care and reading (especially about trains). Max was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Bancroft.
Max became a resident of the Valley Vue Care Center in Armstrong on Jan. 15, 2009.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth, Bancroft; children, Steve, Brainerd, Minn., Terry, Crystal, Minn., Greg, Evergreen, Colo. and Renee (Mark) Gavin, Highland Park, Minn.; Max’s first wife, Helen Gavin, Little Falls, Minn. Also surviving are Ruth’s eight children, Daniel, Ft. Dodge, Iowa, Joan (Dennis) Phillips, Evansdale, Iowa, Judy (Robert) Meyer, Kirkland, Washington; Darlene (Blaine) Watkins, Bloomington, Minn., Nancy Hutzell, Topeka, Kan., Harriett Hutchinson and special friend, Pat Robbins, Tempe, Ariz. and Mike and Steve of Bancroft, Iowa; 22 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Max was preceded in death by his parents, sister Doris Wilson; brothers Donald and Marv; grandson, Tom and son-in-law, Ron Hutzell.

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