Max Willard Oler, 90, of Lafayette, died Tuesday, August 29, 2017, at University Place Health Center.
He was born in Randolph County on January 27, 1927 to Arthur and Hilda (Oberander) Oler. He lived most of his life in the Economy and Hagerstown area and had resided in Lafayette for the past several years.
Max was a retired employee of Perfect Circle / Dana Corp. with 23 years of service. He served with the U.S. Army during WW II. He was a member of New Testament Church of Christ, a 50 year member of Hagerstown Lodge #49, F&AM, New Castle Chapter 116, O.E.S., Indianapolis Valley of Scottish Rite and William O. Frazier Post 333, American Legion.
On June 14, 1947 he married Roberta Smith and she preceded him in death in 2011.
Max particularly enjoyed farming, puzzles and games, watching westerns, woodworking and spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include three daughters, Diana Morales (Alfred) of Crystal Lake, IL, Joyce Mansfield (Douglas) of Lafayette and Cheryl Diemer (John) of Rockford, IL; nine grandchildren, Lori Smosna (Mark), Christopher Mansfield (Nicole), Lisa Wiegand (Jeremy), Craig Mansfield (Hallie), Ryan Morales, Jourdan Rogers (Sam), Matt Diemer, Ashlee Diemer and Katy Diemer; 13 great-grandchildren, Max, Stella and Charli Smosna, Haley, Grace, Molly, Luke and Isaac Mansfield, Gavin and Ava Molter, Lilly Wiegand, Grayson and Carson Mansfield; three siblings, Marcella Hollingsworth of Lynn, Jennie Brown (Claude) of Winchester and John Oler (Jane) of Ft. Walton Beach, FL; several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by three siblings, Melvin Oler, Priscilla May and Barbara Starbuck.
Visitation will be 11 AM to 1 PM on Saturday, September 2, at Culberson Funeral Home, Hagerstown. Services will follow at 1:00 PM. Pastor Paul Gearhardt will officiate. Burial will be in Brick Cemetery with military graveside services.
Memorials may be made to New Testament Church of Christ, 752 W. Main St., Hagerstown, IN 47346.
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