Willard "Max" Mustaine
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Max Mustaine of Fort Myers, FL passed away peacefully at Healthpark Medical Center. He was born May 20, 1922 at Bellefontaine, OH. He was the son of Fuller and Bernice (Richey) Mustaine. As a young boy he lived in Bellefontaine, Cleveland, and Mt Gilead, OH. He graduated from Central High School in Ft Wayne, IN in 1940. He started working at NCR in 1940 and retired from there in 1987. He was an accounting machine and computer salesman, territory manager and sales instructor. He conducted classes for salespeople from 56 different countries and held classes in Hong Kong, Athens, London and Stockholm in addition to Dayton, OH. He was proud to say he worked for one company all his working life.
His work life was interrupted by WW II. He was a Naval Aviator during WW II where he flew the SB2C dive bomber in missions against Japan from the aircraft carrier Yorktown. Max received the DFC for bombing and hitting the battleship Nagato in Tokyo Bay 7/18/45. He also received the Air Metal. He was proud of his service to his country and with urging would tell of some of his flying experiences.
Max graduated from Ohio State University in 1948 with a BS in Business Administration.
Max loved to visit Florida and after living in the Dayton area for many years he and his wife Kathleen moved to Fort Myers in 1992.
He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years Kathleen, two children Susan and Andy, three grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, stepfather Sam Richardson and two half brothers.
A rememberance lunch was held at Cross Creek Estates clubhouse. Burial with military honors will take place at St John's United Church of Christ, Batesville, IN in May, 2014.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a
or Lee County Animal Services, 5600 Banner Dr., Fort Myers, FL 33912.
Published in The News-Press on Sept. 25, 2013