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Max Taylor Ehrman, 75, Kokomo, formerly of the Burlington community, passed away at 7 a.m. Saturday, March 25, 2017, at his home. Max was born Sept. 9, 1941, at home in Burlington to George P. and B. Jean (Taylor) Ehrman. He married on Dec. 31, 1961, in Kokomo to Nancy C. Johnson, who survives.
He graduated from Burlington High School in 1959. He went to work at Continental Steel Corporation for 23 years. In 1973, he was founder and co-owner with his wife, Nancy, and his mother, Jean, of the Dinner Bell Restaurant in Burlington, where he served his community and friends for 11 years. Max later entered into banking, where he started at Burlington State Bank and retired in 2006 as Community Bank president for Regions Bank in Delphi. He managed Barnard Lumber Yard for a few years. He also had volunteered at Sims Auto Sales in Kokomo.
His memberships include the Burlington Faith Church of Christ, where he served as deacon for several years, the Burlington Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as Fire Chief in the late '60s and '70s, Burlington Town Board, where he was a past president and served in the '80s and part of the '90s. He was on the Carroll County Economic Board and the Burlington Community Club. In the '70s, he was active in the Burlington Little League, where he was a manager and coach. His hobbies included cars, trucks and motorcycles and attending his children and grandchildren's sporting events.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy Ehrman; his mother, Jean Ehrman, Lafayette and formerly of Burlington; a son, Brent M. (Kristen) Ehrman, Westfield; a daughter, M. Luann (Bryan) Helvie, Batesville; four grandchildren, who referred to him as Pop Pop, Breanne (Alex), Chicago, Jenna Ehrman, Indianapolis, Taylor "T.J." Ehrman, Indianapolis, and Emily Helvie, Batesville; a brother, Paul (Karen) Ehrman, Batesville; a sister, Julia Rodkey, Lafayette; sisters-in-law, Judy Black, Kokomo, and Kathy Simpson, Galveston; brothers-in-law, Bob (Marilyn) Johnson, Kokomo, and Steve (Vicky) Johnson, Oregon; along with a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father; a brother-in-law, Tim Rodkey; and a father-in-law and mother-in-law, Scott and Mary Ellen Johnson.
There will be a celebration of life service for Max at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at Burlington Faith Church of Christ, 1701 S. Michigan St., with Pastor Steve Cole officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 3 to 7 p.m. also at the church. There will be private burial in Burlington Cemetery.
Contributions can be made to Burlington Fire Department. Online condolences may be made at www.stoutandson.com. Stout & Son Funeral Home Neptune Chapel in Burlington is assisting the family with arrangements.
Published on March 26, 2017
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