Max H. Fabricius (1923 - 2013)

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INDEPENDENCE– Max H. Fabricius, 90 of Independence, died Tuesday morning, Dec. 10, 2013 at the ABCM Rehab Center's West Campus in Independence.
Max was born on Feb. 6, 1923, in Bartelsdorf, East Prussia the son of Franz and Maria (Maruhn) Fabricius. He was one of seventeen children. Max served in the German Army in World War II, he fought on the Russia Front until being wounded then transferred to North Africa with the Afrika Korps under General Erwin Rummel, The Desert Fox. On May 13, 1943 he was captured and brought as a POW to Kansas at the end of the war he was returned to Northern Germany where he met and married Julianna Frieda Ratz on Oct. 6, 1950 in Buchholz-Aller, Germany. In 1951 they applied as displaced persons under the sponsorship of Art Kitner to come to the United States and on June 12, 1952 the couple arrived in New York City aboard the Flying Tiger Airplane. The couple then took a train to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Max Farmed in the Independence Area from 1952, till his retirement in 1992 due to Farmer's Lung.
Max love his family and spending time with his grandchildren, he loved to rose gardening, building various things and helping his daughter's family with projects. He loved music spending many hours listening to old time German music. He was a great storyteller, and had a great sense of humor.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years Julianna Fabricius, a son; Dietrich (Elaine) Fabricius, Hendersonville, N.C.; a daughter, Renate (Gordon) Hunter, Decorah; four grandchildren: Erich (Stephanie) Fabricius, Anne Fabricius, Max Hunter and Lucas Hunter; three step-grandchildren: Paul (Janet) Hunter, Gordon J. Hunter, and Sara Hunter; three great grandchildren: Kaitlyn, Samuel, and James Fabricius; three step great grandchildren: Aidan, Brendan, and Tristan Hunter; a brother, Paul Fabricius of Schwarmstedt, Germany; and two sister-in-laws: Johanna Volz of Edmonton, Canada, Lydia Krasprek of Poland, and many nieces and nephews in Canada, Germany and Poland.
Max was preceded in death by fifteen brothers and sisters: Gertrude, Robert, Richard, Anna, Ernest, Paul, Otto, Emil, Fritz, Albert, Erich, Elli, Christa, Heinz, and Adolf; his parents Maria and Franz Fabricius; his in-laws, Johann and Frieda Ratz; and three brothers-in-law: Herbert, and Edward Ratz, and Heinz Volz.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Independence with Rev. Kurt Bockoven officiating. Burial was in the Union Prairie Cemetery, Decorah. Friends called for visitation from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec 13, at the Reiff Funeral Home & Crematory, Independence and from 9 a.m. till services Saturday at the church.
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Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Feb. 14 to Mar. 8, 2014
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