DAVENPORT — Max B. Harkins, 94, of Davenport passed away Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.
Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at the Runge Mortuary. Visitation is 9:30 a.m. Friday until the service time. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery, Buffalo. Memorials may be made to St. Mark Lutheran Evangelical Church, Davenport, or the Walcott American Legion. Online condolences may be shared at www.rungemortuary.com.
Max was born May 13, 1919, in Treynor, Iowa, to Harry and Alma (Albers) Harkins. The family moved to the Durant area when Max was 2 and he attended rural Hazeldale and Patterson schools in Muscatine County, where he was a top student. Max served in the U.S. Army from 1942–1945 as a combat infantry section leader, seeing action in the Bulge, Rhine Crossing and Central Europe. His service earned him a bronze star for valor in combat.
Max was united in marriage to Helen Ellison on June 9, 1951, in Rochester, Minn. She preceded him in death on Sept. 8, 2009. Following his military duty, Max became an insurance agent and opened Harkin’s Insurance Agency, which he operated for 41 years retiring in 1987.
Max was a longtime member of St. Mark Luther Church, Davenport, the Quad-City Times Plus 60 Club, past commander and life member of the VFW Buffalo and the Walcott American Legion, where he served on the honor guard. He was former member of the Life Insurance underwriters, Chamber of Commerce, Community Club, Elks and Moose.
Survivors include a son, Ken (Polly McDowell) Harkins, Davenport; two daughters, Ruth Ann (Tom) Gianneschi, Maui, Hawaii, and Lisa (Don) Jiran, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; granddaughters, Casey Calhoun, Acworth, Ga.; Susie (Guy) Ford, Columbia, Mo., and Jennifer (Ken) Matic, Pueblo, Colo.; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Howard Harkins, Davenport; and many nieces and nephews.
Max was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Helen; daughter, Anita; grandson, Christopher; three brothers; two sisters; and his beloved Yorkie, Emmy.