Max Edward Howard, 98

Max Edward Howard, of Panama City Beach, Fla., and Wabash, died Feb. 11, 2021 at his home, in Panama City Beach. He was born on March 4, 1922, in Graves County, Ky., to Hollis V. and Maude (Boyd) Howard.

Max was the valedictorian of Sedalia High School in Sedalia, Ky. He attended Murray State College, and graduated from the University of Kentucky with a BS in Agriculture, and also received his Master in Agronomy from the University of Kentucky.

Max was also WWII U.S. Army veteran, serving in the China/Burma/India Theatre. He married Patricia Ann Lane in Zanesville, Ohio on Oct. 8, 1955; she died Oct. 24, 2007. Max taught a School of Instructional Training on farm management for returning veterans. He also worked for the U.S.D.A. in animal disease eradication and retired from the Kroger Company after 28 years in the Dairy and Egg Divisions. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Wabash. He enjoyed yard work, gardening, and enjoyed visiting with people. 

He is survived by two daughters, Rebecca S. (Daniel) Grinstead of Houston, Texas, and Deborah A. (David) Williams of Panama City, Fla.; five grandchildren, Alison (Jacob) Ford of Meadows Place, Texas, Scott Grinstead of Austin, Texas, Amy (Tommy) Behrman of Houston, Texas, Paul (Kate) Williams of Richmond, Va., and Joel (Molly) Williams of Jackson, Miss.; four great-grandchildren, Max Williams of Richmond, Va., Charlie and Mari Ford of Meadows Place, Texas, and Lewis Behrman of Houston, Texas.  He was also preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and one sister.

There will be a memorial service later this year in Wabash. Burial will be in Falls Cemetery, Wabash. Arrangements by Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Wabash.

Preferred memorials are Paradise Spring Board, Inc., PO Box 353, Wabash, Indiana 46992 or Friends of St. Andrews State Park, 5401 State Park Circle, Panama City Beach, Florida 32408.

The memorial guest book for Max may be signed at

Posted on 2021 Feb 22