Max Eugene Appleton was born on September 17, 1952, at Logansport General Hospital, Logansport, Indiana. After a courageous fight with cancer, Max passed from this life into his eternal home on October 1, 2023.
Following a blind date and seven years of courtship, Max married the love of his life, Joni Cay, on October 15, 1977, at Bible Baptist Church, Kokomo, Indiana. To this union, three sons were born Nicholas Jay (Robin Jackson), Samuel Joseph (Leslie), and Casey-John Thomas. Max’s four precious grandchildren he spent many fun days with are Oliver Sheppard, Willa Claire, Porter Austin, and Pryce Avery Appleton.
Max graduated from Logansport High School in 1971. He then moved to Greentown, Indiana, to begin a career as a construction supervisor for his uncle’s company in Indianapolis, Indiana. By 1973, he was enrolled in Hobart School of Welding in Troy, Ohio, graduating with the highest honors as an elite welder. Upon graduation, he accepted a position at Wilson’s Fertilizer and Behlen Bins in Brook, Indiana.
Max and Joni Cay built their first home in Brook after Joni graduated from Purdue in 1977. After their first son was born, he and Joni Cay moved to Missouri in 1979 to help his father-in-law on the cattle ranch, where they eventually built their second and final home. Max found out quickly, he needed to supplement his income, so began a career at Mountain View Fabricating in 1981, transitioning from maintenance to the tool and die department. In 1996, he began Appleton’s Custom Welding to the present day. Max was a perfectionist in metallurgy who could weld any material, but only if he was confident that it would be a success. Many called upon him for his welding expertise, whether it was to build a bridge, ironwork on new construction, or fabrication of all types of equipment.
Max was a member of the First Baptist Church, Mountain View, Missouri, and served as deacon for 35 years and Royal Ambassador Leader for 18 years, taking the young boys on many campouts, competitions, and craft projects. He loved to be of service to his church, roasting many pigs, along with his church buddies, for church-wide fall round-ups. His hobbies were doing anything with his family. Anyone who knew Max knew he would help anyone with a need and not ask for anything in return. His final act of servanthood was the donation of his corneas to Saving Sight.
A celebration of life service for Max will be on October 7, 2023, from 11-2:00 at Viandel Vineyard in Mountain View, Missouri. His friends, Pastor Kent Watkins and Allen Sanders will be officiating. Honorary pallbearers are some of Max’s closest friends, Terry Turner, Drew Crabtree, Jason Tune, Larry Grogan, David Robertson, and Jack Spencer. A private inurnment at New Hope Cemetery in Peace Valley, Missouri, will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View, Missouri. Condolences may be expressed at www.yarbermortuary.com.