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MAX EUGENE JULIAN, SR., 83, of Angola, died Friday, May 28, 2010, at his home. He was born March 21, 1927, in Auburn, son of Paul Eugene and Blanche Lanetta (Clouse) Julian. In 1944, the Steuben County Basketball Champions was Pleasant Lake High School and Mr. Julian was on the team. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force upon graduation that same year. He proudly served his country during World War II and was a part of the 508th Maintenance and Supply group that supported the Enola Gay Bomber plane during training missions on Kwajalein Island in the Marshall Islands. Mr. Julian married Marilyn Canfield in 1948; Delores Ashville on Oct. 13, 1951 in Wells County; and Audree Mae Burch on June 20, 1955 in Elkhart. Audree and Max celebrated their 45th anniversary in 2000, prior to Audree's death in September of 2000. Mr. Julian began his working career helping his dad, Paul Julian, hauling gravel in one of his father's Model A or T dump trucks. In 1953, Max worked with earthmoving equipment on a four mile stretch of the Ohio Turnpike, and later on the Indiana Toll Road by Michigan City. He also helped to clear the land for Stewart Hall at the Tri-State University. As owner of Tri-Angle Earthmoving, Inc. for over 50 years, he worked extensively in the Angola area and focused mostly on sewer and water line installation for municipalities in the later years. Only in 2006 did Max retire from his work, after much persuasion from family members. Mr. Julian has been a member of the Angola Post 31 since 1949 and served his first office in 1965-66 as post adjutant, followed by commander in 1966-67. Max also served the Fourth District in many capacities from 1969 through 1975-76 when he took the office as 4th District Commander. He was presented with a life membership in 1975 and served in the Indiana State Department of the American Legion in several capacities until 1981-82, when he served as the Indiana State Department Commander. Most recently, he served on the Hoosier Boys State committee where a "county" was named after him. Max was a member of Ashley Masonic Lodge; the York Rite and the Mizpah Shrine Temple. He received a Sagamore of the Wabash Award in 1982 and was given an honorary life membership in ANAVICUS in 1987. He was also a member of the Society of Indiana Pioneers. Max is survived by two sons, Michael Julian and Randy (Marla) Julian, both of Angola; two daughters, Cheryl (Tony) Brinkman of Cleves, Ohio and Michele (James) Kerr of Carmel, Ind.; daughter-in-law, Barbara Julian of Angola; sister, Janice (Cliff) Nilson of Angola; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; his first wife, Marilyn Julian of California; and his second wife, Delores Bennett of Harrison, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Audree (Burch) Julian; a step-brother, Harold Koch; and his son, Max Eugene "Gene" Julian, Jr. Service is 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 1, 2010, at Weicht Funeral Home, 207 N. West Street, Angola. Visitation is from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, with a 4:30 Masonic service conducted by the Ashley Masonic Lodge. Burial in Circle Hill Cemetery, Angola, with Military Graveside services by Angola American Legion Post 31. Memorials to Cameron Home Health and Hospice or Steuben County Cancer Association. You may sign the guestbook at
Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on May 30, 2010
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