Age 86, passed away on September 18, 2013 in Lansing. Max was born in Manchester, England on November 5, 1926 to Grenfell and Jane Alderson. He excelled in primary and secondary school and began working as a math and science teacher. He worked alongside his father in the coal mines as part of the war effort during WW II. In 1955, he had the courage to immigrate with his young family to Saskatchewan, Canada in order to seek a better life. On the voyage across the sea, he met the Reed family of Coldwater, MI who would become the family sponsor to the States and remain lifelong friends. Max furthered his education with a Bachelor’s Degree from Western Michigan University and followed up with a Master’s Degree from his beloved University of Michigan. For most of his career he was employed with the State of Michigan-Department of Public Health as a Health Educator in areas such as maternal/child health and diabetes education. He retired in 1994.
In retirement he pursued his passion for golf, both league and individual play. Unless there was snow, you could always find him on the course. For many years he volunteered with the National Association for the Mentally Ill and the Community Mental Health Board. He also enjoyed NASCAR racing, a good game of penny-ante poker, court tv, writing short stories, crossword puzzles, the Detroit Free Press, his cats Bonnie and Buddy and lively discussions on politics/news of the day.
Max is survived by his wife of 23 years, Judy, son Geoffrey (Lee), daughter Louise (Tom), grand daughter Elizabeth (Trevett), grandchildren Josh, Lindsay and Jeff Hoisington, great grandson Caleb, step daughters Shelley (Lorie), Alicia Wells and great granddaughter Saraya. He was predeceased by his son Jensen.
Max was a proud man who was equally proud of the accomplishments of his family and he will be greatly missed.
A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, Sept 26, 2013 at 7:00PM at the Palmer Bush & Jensen Family Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel, 520 E. Mt. Hope Ave. A gathering of family and friends will begin at 5:00PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to NAMI (National Alliance for Mentally Ill.) Condolences can be made at www.palmerbush.com.