Funeral arrangements for Max A. Beerup have been set. The Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 30, 2023 at Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO. If attending, please wear something patriotic to honor our military. A Committal Service with military honors will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, August 31, 2023 at Fort Leavenworth Cemetery 395 Biddle Blvd. Leavenworth, Kansas. All attendees of the Committal Service will need to arrive promptly at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 31, 2023 at Meyers Northland Chapel 401 Main Street Parkville, MO. The funeral procession will depart at 10:15 a.m. for Fort Leavenworth. In lieu of flowers Memorial Contributions are suggested to Kansas City Veterans Community Project https://www/veteranscommunityproject.org or Kansas City Pet Project at kcpetproject.org or Shriners shrinerschildrens.org or the charity of your choice.
The house is so quiet – so used to him talking about this and that, cussing the Chiefs or Royals when they would mess up and so much more – I won’t even mention politics! On Friday, August 11, 2023, the world lost a great family member, veteran, and friend. Although putting up a great fight, his body could not heal from his battle with C.O.P.D.
Max Allen Beerup was born in Alexander, Illinois on July 20, 1934, son of Kenneth Vain and Martha Louise (Davenport) Beerup. Max was the seventh child born, but the 4th son earning him the title “tie breaker” of 3 girls vs 3 boys. After attending grade school in Alexander and a few years of college, Max joined the United States Navy. While stationed on the east coast, he met his first wife, Evelyn Jones, a Naval nurse. They had two daughters, Debra Lynn and Kathryn Elizabeth; eventually all moved to the mid-west. Max soon became a Corpsman with the Marines serving many years abroad and stateside. Evelyn passed away unexpectedly, and Max returned home to his girls. Unable to go abroad, Max took a hardship and left the military. He began working at North Kansas City Hospital as an X-ray Tech where eventually he met his second wife Deanna Shimon, also a nurse. They married on September 3, 1966. This union brought two more children to our family, Jennifer Ann and Jamie Brian. We now have 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 3 ¾ great-great-grandchildren.
Those awaiting him are his parents, wife, two daughters Debi and Jen, all his siblings and their spouses, many friends, and our dogs Cuddles and Ralphie.
Max always kept busy. He was a stockbroker, deputy for the Clay County Sheriff’s Department, employee at Hunt Midwest, driver for Hilton Inn and traffic controller for the Norfolk and Southern Railroad. In his spare time, he was involved with People to People, Marine Leagues, Neighborhood Watch, and liaison for families who were going to Marine graduation in California.
We are so blessed and feel the love, prayers, and warmth by all who surrounded us during Max’s final journey on earth ~ family, all VA employees, all doctors, friends, best neighbors ever (in 1971 youngest couple on Locust Street…now the oldest) church and TOPS family, all military veterans, and best friend Skip. Max was very proud of our Marines family: his brother, Dale in WWII; son, Jamie and 2 grandsons Justin and Gunner! Semper Fi!!