Friends, family and neighbors gathered by the hundreds last Friday to say goodbye to Max Morrison, a pillar of the Traer community who passed away this month after succumbing to injuries sustained in a November 28 plane crash just west of Clutier.
An estimated 350 people showed up to pay their respects and remember the life Morrison led which touched so many others here in Traer. Max graduated from Traer High School in 1967 and served in Vietnam as a member of the United States Marine Corps. He worked at John Deere for 35 years before his retirement, and was involved in many local organizations during his time here in Traer. Max was involved in the El Kahir Shrine, American Legion, Masonic Lodge and many other worthy causes.
Max was a longtime and, as anyone in town will tell you, very active member of the Traer United Methodist Church. He also did much volunteering throughout Tama County. He will be remembered by those who knew him as someone who could always be counted on.
And despite the seeming finality of Max's tragic death, many will be gathering once more to hold a benefit for the Morrison family this February. The benefit, set to take place February 16 at the Traer Memorial Building, will help raise money to assist the family with things like medical bills and funeral expenses.
The benefit will be an opportunity for caring individuals to help ease the financial burden brought about by such a loss, as well as celebrate Max's life.
There will be a silent auction, live auction, bake sale and free will donation lunch provided from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The benefit opens its doors at 10:30 a.m. that morning at the Memorial Building, located at 414 Second Street in downtown Traer.
If you have items to donate for the auction, please contact Bridgette Barthelmes at 319-415-4307 or Carri Holst at 319-415-5814.