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Harmening, Max

d. May 13, 2010

Max Harmening age 83, of Athens, IL passed away on May 12, 2010 at Sunny Acres Nursing Home near Petersburg.

Survived by Wife- Carole
Three Sons : Bruce (Karen) Harmening of Athens
Robert (Lori) Harmening of Greenview
William (Debra) Harmening of Athens
Two Daughters : Brenda (Jeff) Patterson of Athens
Barbara Gimondo of Athens

Sisters: Mildred (Roger) Eggleston of Iowa City, IA
Marlys (Don) Berg of Waverly, IA

16 Grandchildren
19 Great Grandchildren
Several Nieces & Nephews

Mr. Harmening was born December 31, 1926 in Waverly, IA the son of Herbert and Louise Krueger Harmening.

Max married Carole Turbeville in Altamont, IL on May 21, 1955.
He is preceded in death by 2 brothers, 3 sisters, a granddaughter and his parents.

He is a member of the United States Trotting Association.

Max trained and raced harness horses for 30 years. He drove a truck for Donley Trucking for over 15 years and was employed by the Department of Agriculture State of IL for 15 years.

Private graveside services will be held.

Rev. Ken Gennicks officiating
Burial will be held at Joel Hall Cemetery in Athens.
Memorials to Sunny Acres Nursing Home


  1. Max was a wonderful neighbor so many years ago. A big man in so many ways. My heart goes out to his family.

  2. Carole and family,

    I am so sorry to read this sad news. My heart and thoughts are with all of you right now. I remember Max’s humor, kindness, and strength, even though it has been many years since I last saw him. May your memories bring comfort as time moves on.

    With deepest sympathy,


  3. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss.

  4. Dear Bruce – On behalf of the United States Marshals Service – Central District of Illinois please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of your father, Mr. Max Harmening. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.


    Flora Gant Bridges Acting U.S. Marshal Central District of Illinois

  5. Bruce, Bill, and your family, we love you, and the thoughts and prayers of your many, many friends are with you. Your loss is our loss, and we feel it. May God bless you.

  6. Words can not express how sorry I am that Max passed I loved that handsome devil from the first day I met him! I loved bring him cookies and cake. He will truely be sadly missed by all. Jina

  7. Bruce, Bill, and family, so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  8. Brenda, I know there is nothing that can be said and nothing that can be done to ease your pain or replace your loss; just know that we are thinking of you and we are here for you if there is anything you need. Val

  9. Sorry to hear Bruce our thoughts are with you and your family he was a wonderful man.

  10. My favorite memory of Max is his laughing his butt off the first time he saw me with my hair buzzed down to almost nothing – As I previously had hair down to the middle of my back – He laughed so long and so loud (in approval) that tears were running down his face. He was a big man with a big heart – He’ll be sorely missed by both family and friends. Sending my condolences to his family – and especially to my Aunt Carol – James Wilson-Lawrence (Minneapolis, MN)

  11. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4

    My sincere condolences on your loss. My family will continue to pray that the Lord grant you and your family strength and comfort.

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