US Marine Corps

Max Richard Jaeckel

May 15, 1928 ~ July 27, 2023 (age 95) 95 Years Old
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Max R. Jaeckel, age 95 of Hamburg, IA, passed away after a brief illness on Thursday, July 27, 2023, at the Ambassador in Sidney, IA.

Max Richard was born on May 15, 1928, in Hamburg, the son Rudolph M. and Orinda (Schmidt) Jaeckel. He was baptized in 1928 and confirmed in 1942. He grew up and attended school in Hamburg, graduating with the Class of 1946.

On September 13, 1952, he entered the United States Marines and proudly served his country during the Korean War before being wounded in the line of duty in March 1953. On November 15, 1953, Max was united in marriage to Shirley K. Duncan in Hamburg and to this union a daughter, Tracy Kristine, was born. Shirley preceded him in death on June 15, 2015. He was a member of the United Trinity Church, the D.A.V. and the Hamburg American Legion.

Mechanically inclined and with unmatched patience, he operated Max's TV Service for decades, and after the workday was over, Max was always available to help people with any job that needed to be done. He was generous with his time and compassion, and, in return, he was blessed with many, many friends. At 90, Max moved to the Ambassador in Sidney, where he enjoyed a caring and supportive community. Easy with conversation, a gift for storytelling, and quick to laugh, Max worked hard, played hard, and loved with all his heart.

Those left to cherish his memory include his daughter Tracy Willits and her husband Robert of Windsor Heights, IA; two grandchildren: Emma Willits and Lucas Willits; brother-in-law Dick Duncan and his wife Becky, nieces, nephews, and many friends.

In addition to his wife, Max was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Dale and Donald.                                                  . 

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial to one of the following organizations that has served the Hamburg Community and Max for so long, or to a charity of your choice: Grape Community Hospital Foundation, Hamburg Fire Department or the United Trinity Church in Hamburg.

Rash-Gude Funeral Home in Hamburg is handling arrangements. 

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Open Visitation
August 1, 2023

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
United Trinity Church
1106 Jefferson
Hamburg, IA 51640

Funeral Service
August 1, 2023

2:00 PM
United Trinity Church
1106 Jefferson
Hamburg, IA 51640


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