Max Wallace Krell, 91, of Charlevoix, Michigan, died May 24, 2014, peacefully at home.
He was born and grew up in Clare, Michigan. Max married Phyllis Johnson of LeRoy, Michigan, in 1944. He was a graduate of Clare High School, Central Michigan College, and Michigan State University. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II as a B-17 pilot flying 19 missions in Europe and several missions after the war ended. He worked his entire career as a research chemist for TEC (then a subsidiary of Kodak) in Kingsport, Tennessee. After retirement he served as a volunteer for Holston Valley Hospital and in 2007 was awarded a commendation for his 5500 hours of service. As an active member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church for 63 years he held several council positions, sang in the choir, was involved with the development of scholarships for the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. In 2011 he moved from Kingsport to Charlevoix.
His wife Phyllis (Johnson) Krell; his parents, Christian and Emma (Kapplinger) Krell; his sisters Mildred (Krell) Ackerman and Regina Krell preceded him in death.
Surviving are his son, James Krell and his wife Linda (Andres), Silverthorne, CO; his daughter Ann (Krell) Hollis and husband Joseph, Charlevoix, MI; one brother, Robert Krell, Clare, MI; six grandsons, David, Tim, Robert, Jameson, Ben, and John; one niece, four nephews, and two great-granddaughters.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Max Krell may be sent to Christ Episcopal Church Scholarship Fund, PO Box 385, Charlevoix, MI 49720, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Organ Fund, 800 Broad Street, Kingsport, TN 37660, or to the charity of one’s choice.
A memorial service will be conducted later in June at Christ Episcopal Church in Charlevoix. The family will receive friends immediately following the memorial service at the church.