Max M Whitson

July 1, 1928 ~ October 5, 2018 (age 90)

Max’s life began on July 1, 1928 in Benton. He is the son of John and Lydia (Meyersick) Whitson. Max is a 1946 graduate of Whitewater High School. He was united in marriage to Mildred “Lu” Foster on June 6, 1949 in Wichita. Max was a lifelong farmer and operated the Benton Elevator and Grain Co. He was a past master of the Towanda Masonic Lodge and member of Mystic Tie Lodge #74 in Augusta, Scottish Rite and Midian Shrine of Wichita. His daughter Debra Hokkanen of Towanda, son Ted (Jane) Whitson of Benton; grandchildren Adam (Leslie) Whitson, Nathan (Elona) Whitson, Andy (Shannon) Worthington and Kyle (Ashley) Worthington; and nine great grandchildren survive Max. Max passed away on Friday October 5, 2018 at Lakepoint of Augusta. He is preceded in death by his wife Lu in 2008; brother Verle Bachelder, sister Velma Bachelder, infant son James and son in law Steve Hokkanen. His family will gather with friends on Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at Kirby-Morris Funeral Home, El Dorado. His funeral service will be held on Monday at 1 p.m. at the Benton Church led by Pastor Justin Lefto and Pastor John Martyn. Masonic rites will follow the service by the Mystic Tie Lodge #74. Max will be laid to rest in the Benton Cemetery. Memorial contributions in his name may be directed to the Benton Church Grief Ministry. Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory of Max at

Donations may be made to:

Benton United Methodist Church Grief Ministry
14300 SW 20th St, KS 67017

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