Max L. Harris
Max L. Harris, 81, Elgin, Ill., died Saturday, May 2, 2009.
Born July 26, 1927, in Corydon, he was the son of the late Adna and Pearl Loveless Harris.
He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a graduate of Indiana State University, where he earned a bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He worked for the Boy Scouts of America as a camp director then became a teacher in the St. Charles, Ill., School District for 34 years prior to retirement. He was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Elgin and American Legion Post 57, a member and a past president of the Golden K Kiwanis Club of Elgin and a Hixson Fellow of Kiwanis International. After becoming a Freemason in Social Lodge 86 in Terre Haute in 1957, he became a member of Corydon Chapter 156, Royal Arch Masons and Corydon Council 112 Cryptic Masons and later joined Unity Lodge 48 in St. Charles, Ill., and served as Worshipful Master in 1990. He was also a member and past presiding officer in Loyal L. Munn Chapter 96, Royal Arch Masons, Cryptic Council 46, Cryptic Masons and Bethel Commandery 36 Knight’s Templar, all of Palatine, Ill., and a member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Chicago, and Medinah Shrine Temple of Addison, Ill. He was a member and past president of the Elgin Shrine Club. Other Masonic-related memberships include G. Wilbur Bell Council 372, Allied Masonic Degrees, St. Bridget Council 23 Knight Masons, El Jaala Grotto MOVPER, Illinois Pyramid 1 Ancient Egyptian Order of Sciots, Blackhawk York Rite College 88, Associate Regent of the York Rite Sovereign College of North America, and Illinois Priory 11, Knights of the York Cross of Honour.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Nelle Davis.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, the former Maryann Peters; two children, Marcus Harris of Urbana, Ill., and Stephanie MacAdam of Coopersburg, Pa.; and five grandchildren.
Funeral: Saturday, May 9, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.
Cremation was chosen.
Arrangements: Laird Funeral Home in Elgin.