By The Mercury

Max E. Morris Jr., 70, of Wamego, died with his family surrounding him on Thursday, July 17, 2014, at The Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan, following his battle with cancer.

The family provided the following information.

Max was born on Sept. 9th, 1943, in Manhattan. He was the second oldest of 10 children born to Max and Grace (Creviston) Morris, Sr.  He graduated from Wamego High School in 1961.  During high school and following his graduation he worked at Daylor’s Chevrolet car dealership.  He then went on to vo-tech school to learn auto body repair. 

In Dec. of 1963, he married Doris Trudell.  She survives of the home.  Of this union, two children were born.  Max was employed by Alan Clark Body Shop for nearly 13 years beginning in 1967.  He opened his own business in Wamego, Max’s Body Shop in 1980, where he worked for 34 years, many of those years alongside his son.  He was very proud of his business and did not think of it as work, but instead as a passion. 

His work was featured several times in popular car magazines.  Max never knew a stranger.  Through his body shop he made and met a lot of friends - salesmen, adjustors, and customers. He had personal relationships and it was not just business. 

Max was also an avid bowler.  As a young boy, he was a “pinmonkey” in the three-lane bowling alley in the basement of what is now the Wamego city office building.  He enjoyed going to bowling tournaments and attended national tournaments many times in many different cities.  He enjoyed the camaraderie of all of his bowling friends. 

Max is also survived by his children Shawn Morris, his wife Stefanie, and their children Mallory, Jordan, Kasey, and Holly, all of Manhattan. He is also survived by his daughter Stephanie Morris and David Bird of Wamego and their children Swaide, Saige, and her partner Domingo Pasillas. 

Max was a proud and devoted grandpa to his granddaughters and also to his new great-granddaughter, Sundaye Louella-Rae. 

He often bragged about being the grandfather of the first quintuplets born in Kansas and was always a big supporter of all of the granddaughter’s academics, extra curricular activities, and athletic events.  He is also survived by his sisters Sharon, Debbie, Bea and brothers Frankie, John, Tim, Sherman, and Jeremiah. 

Max was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Janie Shelton, and also an infant grandson, Evan Quinton Morris.

A celebration of life will take place on Saturday, July 26, 2014, at 10 a.m. at Stewart Funeral Home of Wamego with inurnment immediately following. 

Max’s wishes were to be cremated, and also to have everyone drive their old show cars to his services.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Manhattan Special Olympics and sent in care of the funeral home.

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