In Memory of Max D. Monahan

Max D. Monahan
Max D. Monahan
Born: April 20, 1929
Died: December 22, 2014
Age: 85
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Max D. Monahan
April 20, 1929 - December 22, 2014
From: Nevada, IA

Max D. Monahan, age 85, of Nevada, Iowa, died at his home on Monday, December 22, 2014.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 27, 2014, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Nevada, with Fr. Rick Dagit officiating.  Burial will be in the Nevada Municipal Cemetery, with military honors by the American Legion.  Visitation will be held at the church on Friday from 5-7 p.m., with a Scripture Service at 7 p.m. 

Born April 20, 1929, in Baxter, Iowa, Max Duane Monahan was the second oldest child born to Forrest Patrick and Laura Anna (Koon) Monahan.  He grew up and received his education in the Baxter and Des Moines area and served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.

He married Elizabeth Harriet Prindle in Lyle, Minnesota.  The couple made their home in Nevada where they raised their family of six children.  Max worked for General Telephone Company for many years, beginning as a linesman and progressing over the years to engineer and construction supervisor.

An outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing, Max also was an avid horseman and enjoyed many trail rides to the Ozarks.  He was a fun-loving family man who loved to tease those he loved.  He will be fondly remembered for his quick wit and giving nature.

Max was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Nevada, and was also active in his Union as well as the American Legion and VFW.

Survivors include his children, Marcia (Richard) Kleiman of Tucson, AZ, Daniel Monahan of Tucson, AZ, Teresa (Kim) Krebs of Nevada, Stacie (Carl) Link of Cambridge, Brenda (Kelly) McIntosh of Unadilla, NE, and Stanley (Kathy) Strum of Altoona; 11 grandchildren, Michael, Amanda, Jeramy, Lori, Joseph, Amos, Anna, Emma, Meghan, Ryan, and Carlita; 14 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by a brother, Dale (Barb) Monahan of San Jose, CA; two sisters, Arlene Bishop of San Jose, CA, and Eileen Talburt of Canon City, CO; and many nieces, nephews, and other extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his wife Liz in 1993; a son, Michael Monahan in 2014; his parents; and a brother, Gerald Monahan.

Ryan Funeral Home of Nevada has been entrusted with the care of Max and his family.


Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 6:13 PM
“your family is in our prayers, so sorry for your loss. GOD BLESS, Rick and Linda Dawson”
- Linda Dawson
Friday, January 2, 2015 at 8:09 PM
“So sorry to hear about Max's passing. Will always have fond memories of getting to know Max through Mike. Had some good times at the house on 5th St. Though Max usually wasn't home. ”
- Dennis and Shelly Black
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 9:28 AM
“My condolences to the Monahan family. Our families had so much fun together when we were kids and Max was usually the center of it. Great wit, a great laugh, he seemed larger than life when I was young. He liked kids and was always making up stories to entertain us. I will always remember the trip to Canada and all the great stories and fun times Max provided. I have a memory of Max doing the twist just to be funny when I was very young. All of us kids laughed until we cried. Just a great guy. I'm sorry for your loss.”
- Dave Richardson
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 9:27 AM
“A big man with a big heart, and a gentle demeanor (good thing)!

Of course he always wanted to arm wrestle. No wonder as his wrists were bigger than most peoples forearms.

You can always tell the success of a man by the way their family views them. It's obvious by the way his kids turned out, that he was very successful!

He will be missed by many, even those of us located to the far west!

Terry and I send our condolences to all. ”
- Pat Monahan
Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 6:15 PM
“I have nothing but fond memories of Max and Liz and family. Max will be missed and always was great to our family. He was a great man who was not only kind, but, was always patient with a very rambunctious and persistent boy. I still chuckle when I think of all the times he used to tell me to go tell my Mother that she wanted me! ( a very nice way to tell me he'd had enough of my somewhat trying company.) I am sorry to hear he is gone, but a man of Max's caliber won't be forgotten and my thoughts and best wishes are with his family in this sad time. ”
- Steven "Pete" Richardson
Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 12:51 PM
“I have many happy memories in the Monahan house.
Mr. And Mrs. Monahan were always welcoming and generous to us kids. I will say
Prayers for strength and comfort for the Monahan family. God bless!”
- Cindy McLain Counts
Friday, December 26, 2014 at 6:14 PM
“I'm so sorry for your family's loss. I have many good memories of working with Max and enjoying all the times with Max and Liz working with the horses at there place in Collins. They were a great fun loving couple and I am glad to have known them.”
- Rich Mack
Friday, December 26, 2014 at 6:14 PM
“Condolences to the family of Max Monahan. I have very fond memories of spending time with him and his family many years ago. I would visit them with my brother in law Dale Monahan and my sister Barbara Monahan.
- Carmen Rous (Winters)
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10:30 a.m.
Saturday, December 27, 2014
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Nevada, Iowa


Fr. Rick Dagit


Max's Grandchildren


5-7 p.m.
Friday, December 26, 2014
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Nevada, Iowa
7 p.m. Scripture Service


Deb Mitchell, Organist
Deb Malsom, Song Leader


Nevada Municipal Cemetery
Nevada, Iowa