The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

November 6, 2012

Max Eugene Dines


DANVILLE — Max Eugene Dines, 76, of Danville, passed away at 6:36 a.m. Nov. 4, 2012, at the home he shared with his wife of 33 years, Sue (McGowen-Reed).

Born July 8, 1936, in Bismarck, Max was the sixth of 13 children born to Ralph A. and Ercel M (Watson) Dines.

Max loved and was loved so very much by his friends and family.

He married Sue on Nov. 20, 1979.

Their children, son Ricky D. (Beccy) Reed of Danville; daughters Julie A. (Kevin) McKenzie of Danville and Judith M. Dines of Westville; four grandchildren, Lindsay Darr, Miley Reed, Tyler McKenzie and Lauren McKenzie; and Max’s siblings, brother Ronald Dines of Danville and sisters Ruth Patton of Danville, Beverly Mills of Bismarck, Carolyn Pichon of Bismarck, Linda (Jack) Smith of Danville and Sandy (Larry) Steinbaugh of Alvin, all survive.

Max has joined his parents and brothers Gerald, William, Ralph, Donald, and Larry Dines and sister Barbara (Henry) Clapp.

Graduating from Bismarck High School in 1954, Max went on to start his career as a machinist and later shop manager that would endure until his death. He worked at Harrison Steel, Berkley-Davis, Montgomery Machine and Furry Inc. until he opened his own business, Dines Machine & Mfg. in 1983. He owned it with his wife until 1998, but didn’t retire from the business until 2002.

Max was an active member of the Danville Elks Lodge 332; Danville Boat Club, where he was on the board for 10 years and served as its Commodore in 2000; and he spent many days of his retirement on the links at Turtle Run Golf Course. An avid sports fan, Max enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears and Illini basketball.

Max always will be remembered as a man who was kind and generous to all that knew him. One of his favorite things was to take his truck all around town delivering nuts and candies to area homes and businesses during the annual fundraiser for Illinois Elks Children’s Care Corp. and the VA activities. He always lend a hand to anyone in need and never turned down a request for help.

A celebration of Max’s life will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Danville. Entombment will be in Sunset Memorial Park Swan Court Mausoleum. Visitation for family and friends will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the funeral home, with the Danville Elks Lodge 332 performing a memorial service at 4 p.m. Memorials can be made in Max’s name to the Carle Foundation Hospital oncology department.

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