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CONDON – On Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010, after a valiant 2 1/2 year challenge with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, Max Louis Greenough, 67, of Condon, left his earthly body to pass peacefully into eternal life, surrounded by loving family and friends.

Born in Enterprise, Ore., on Feb. 2, 1943, Max was a logger most of his adult life but made adjustments later on that allowed him to contract any kind of work that could be done with a TD-8 cat, chainsaw, skidder, front-end loader, link belt and dump truck. His handshake and his word were his contracts. He was a true steward of the land.

A gifted sportsman, he loved to hunt, fish and target shoot-hobbies that often led to many “I’ll bet yous” with his closest friends.

Max would never hesitate to lend a helping hand. His large stature was matched only by the size and kindness of his heart.

He was also an avid reader and historian, often engaging in lengthy discussions concerning wars past and present, politics, sports or current events.

He seldom touted his national heritage; he was simply an American. Max served his country in the 82nd Army Airborne as a rigger. He was a life member of American Legion Post No. 63 and the NRA. He would zealously defend what he believed was right and was never afraid to “bend his elbow” to toast his comrades.

Max was preceded in death by his parents Darryl and Gertrude (Buchanan) Greenough; sister LaVerne Gilliam (Gil); and several aunts and uncles.

He is survived by his wife Elda (Ellie) of 30 years at the family home in Condon; brother Jerry in Seeley Lake; daughters Valerie of Portland, Ore., Jonna of Coeur d’Alene and Jenny Hanson (Travis) of Kimberly, Idaho; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and his three faithful German Shepherds.

There will be a memorial at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Condon Community Church and a celebration of life at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, at the Hungry Bear Steak House.

Cremation has taken place. Family members will scatter ashes at a later date.

Cremation & Burial Society of the Rockies assisted the family with arrangements.

Posted in Obituaries on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 2:00 am

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