Max Moritz

Posted Online: May 07, 2013, 4:59 pm
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Leo "Max" Moritz, 75, of Coal Valley, died suddenly and unexpectedly at 8:25 a.m. Monday, May 6, 2013.
Funeral services are 11 a.m. on Friday at the Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island. The Rev. Chet Travis, of the Tremont United Methodist Church, will officiate. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will at the National Cemetery, Arsenal Island, where military honors will be presented by Moline American Post 246.
Memorial contributions made be to the Quad City Animal Welfare Center, 724 W. 2nd Ave., Milan, or to the Children's Therapy Center of the Quad Cities, 1504 13th Avenue, Moline.
He was born Nov. 29, 1937, in Moline, to Leo and Nina (Jacobs) Moritz. He was the third of seven children; his brothers Chuck (Dorothy) Moritz and Richard Moritz survive him.
As a young teenager he tried unsuccessfully on several occasions to run a pretty young girl from a rival school over with his bike. He was unsuccessful at running her over but did manage to get her to go out on a date. Sandra "Sandy" Lofgren became the love of his life. They married on Feb. 8, 1957. This year they celebrated 56 years of marriage. With a heavy heart, she survives.
Also left to cherish his memory and honor his legacies are five children, Jeff (Amber) Moritz, Rock Island, Jill (Bill) Barr, Tremont, Ill., Scott Moritz, Tacoma, Wash., Stacey (Tom) Teager, Milan and Jason (Heather) Moritz, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; 13 grandchildren whom he adored, Courtney (Aaron) Ziegler, Ryan (Corey Mason) Moritz, Ashlee (Dave Chenowith) Moritz, Eric Moritz, Lauren Barr, Darah Hannan, Seth Hannan, Jennilee Walsh, Andrew Patterson, Janelle Moritz, Eain Moritz, Paige Teager, Ali (fiance Don Bell) Teager; 17 great grandchildren who were his pride and joy, Samuel, Grace, Emma, Maria, Felicity, Jacob, Hanna, Taylor, Xavier, McKenzie, Glenda, Sunny, Hank, Keegin, Giniya, Haylee and Jailynn. Also surviving are his friend/brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bill and Rene Lofgren, Blue Grass; dear friend, Pam Gainey, Raleigh, NC; and several nieces and nephews.
Max graduated from Moline High School class of 1955 and was member of the reunion committee. Upon graduation he joined the Air Force and served as a boom operator on a KC 97 re-fueling plane. After his honorable discharge from the service he went back to work for the grocery store that he worked at as a young teen. Eagle Food Center became his employer and its employees an extended part of his family for the next 40 years. He was a district manager and store manager, managing stores in Moline, Rock Island and Bettendorf. Max was known to pay for food out of his own pocket for those who couldn't afford it.
After his "retirement" he started Leo's Limos. He ran this business for 10 years, transporting newlyweds, concert goers and travelers. He said that it was great to be part of a celebration every time he got behind the wheel of his car. After he "retired" from the limo business, he continued his love of cars and driving with the Greater Quad City Auto Auction. He had taken a leave of absence from the auto auction to care for his wife during her fight with cancer.
Max loved many things including Fox news, eating dinner at Joe's in Coal Valley, Reagan politics, holding Sandy's hand, history, classic and antique cars, auctions, cookies and milk, Rock Island High School athletics, marching bands, listening to the Statler Brothers and watching his grandchildren's and great-grandchildren's baseball games, dance recitals, musicals, flag corps, and dance team. He was loved beyond words.
"What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, For all that we love deeply becomes a part of us." - Helen Keller
Condolences can be made on line at wheelanpressly.com.


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