Max C. Hungerford, 98Published 11:02am Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Max Charles Hungerford, 98
Born: Oct. 2, 1914
Died: Jan. 29, 2013
Max’s life began on Oct. 2, 1914, in Dowagiac, the son of Stephen and Lulu (Goodrich) Hungerford.
He was united in marriage to the former Elma L. Martin on June 21, 1940, in Dowagiac.
Max was best known for being the creator of the Amigo tractor and founder of DEMCO, which manufactured the tractor in Dowagiac.
DEMCO was sold to AMF in Iowa, where Max worked as a design engineer for Wheel Horse.
After retirement he became a consultant for Alpha Resources in Stevensville.
There have been seven Amigo reunions. Amigo owners from across the region came to meet Max and to have their tractors autographed. He also was a contractor, farmer and inventor.
Max’s mind was sharp and clear nearly up to the end of his life.
He was a member and trustee of First Christian Church in Dowagiac and greatly responsible along with Janet Moore for the beautiful stained glass windows which adorn the church.
Max was also a life member of Peninsular Lodge 10, F &AM.
His greatest joy was his family, which includes: his daughter, Sheryl Benkert of Dowagiac; grandchildren, Dr. Todd (Heidi) Benkert of Merrillville, Ind., Chad (Dana) Benkert of Dowagiac and Sheri (Ben) Baker of St. Joseph; adopted grandchildren, Takashi Matsushima and Keiko Nakao of Japan; great- grandchildren, Kylie, Ashley, Jeremy, Max, Kaitlin and Bailey Benkert and Conner Baker; brother, Rex Hungerford of California; special friends, Linetta Smith and Norman Burns; and several nieces and nephews.
Max passed away on Tuesday Jan. 29, 2013, at The Timbers of Cass County.
He is preceded in death by Elma, his wife of 66 years, in 2006, and siblings Clara Davis, Marion Hungerford, Kathryn Titus, Thelma Graham, Lila Woodhouse and Dorothy Woodhouse.
His family will gather with friends on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Yazel and Clark Chapel, where Masonic rites will be conducted at 7 p.m.
His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday at First Christian Church in Dowagiac with visitation one hour prior.
He will be laid to rest in Riverside Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial contributions in Max’s name may be directed to ACTION Ministry Center, 301 Main St., Dowagiac, MI. 49047.
Please sign his guestbook and leave a memory of Max at www.yazel-clark.com.