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Max Miller Ellinger

November 28, 1931 ~ August 6, 2021 (age 89)

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Max Miller Ellinger, 89, of Taylorville, passed away at 11:40 p.m. on Friday, August 6, 2021 at his residence.

Max was born November 28, 1931 in Pana, the son of William and Velma (Bond) Ellinger.  He married Maxine M. Miller on December 11, 1952 in Pocahontas, AR.  She preceded him in death on October 1, 2016.

Max proudly served our country in Company 559, Ft. Monroe, Virginia of the United States Army during the Korean War.  He had attained the rank of Corporal when he was honorably discharged from the Army Reserves in 1961.  Max was a carpenter by trade, and member of the Local 16.  In his spare time, he utilized his talents to help many other people with their home projects.  He retired after over 50 years of service.

Max was witty, with a caring nature, and to say that he was hard working would be an understatement.  He was loved, and respected by all who knew him.  Max enjoyed riding motorcycles, reading, and the occasional political banter. Of all his hobbies and interests, he especially loved the time spent with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.   

He was also preceded in death by his parents; brother, Billy C. Ellinger; and son-in-law, John Wilcox.

Max is survived by his children, Marie (Mike) Wilcox of Springfield, Bruce (Patti) Ellinger of Taylorville, Vicki (Rod) McMahon of Taylorville, and Valerie (Jim) Ellinger of Taylorville; grandchildren, Aubrey (T.J.) Ellinger, Erin Ellinger, D.J. (Lauren) Colonius, Brian (Tracee) Wilcox, Stefanie (Georges) Colonius, Megan (Ethan) Hallberg, Lindsay (Brandon) Fox, and Maxx Ellinger; great grandchildren, Jackson Fritz, Olivia Hallberg, Sydney Hallberg, Grayson Ellinger, Teegan Jones, Samson Colonius, Daniel Colonius, Amos Colonius, Ezekiel Colonius, Kelsey Colonius, Kinsley Colonius, and Dean Fox; and several nieces and nephews.

Private family graveside ceremonies will be held at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield.

Memorial contributions may be made to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

The family has entrusted Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62568 with ceremonies.

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Private Graveside Ceremony

Camp Butler National Cemetery
5063 Camp Butler Road
Springfield, IL 62707


St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Tel: 1-800-805-5856

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