NORTH AURORA – Max Charles Herwig, 67, of North Aurora, passed away suddenly Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at Edward Hospital in Naperville.
He was born Jan. 11, 1946, in Aurora, the son of Harold and Grace (Barr) Herwig. Max was united in marriage to Jacqueline Fohn on June 25, 1966, in Aurora. Together, they raised a loving family, making their children and grandchildren their top priority. As a man of faith, Max served at Union Congregational Church in North Aurora for 32 years and has called Batavia Covenant Church home for the past 12 years. He also took great pleasure in serving the community of North Aurora. He was honored to serve as a North Aurora Village Trustee for over 10 years, as well as interim mayor. Max found great joy in the preparation for the North Aurora Days Festivals.
Max enjoyed his career as a mechanical engineer starting out at Western Electric and continuing through Bell Labs and AT&T until his retirement in 1999. After retiring, he went to work as an account manager with IBM at Lucent Technology until 2003. He obtained his real estate license in 2000 and enjoyed buying and rehabbing homes until 2005, when he decided to start his own home repair business. While staying active with his business, Max also enjoyed working part time for Kettley Realty in Batavia. In his spare time, Max loved fishing, camping and boating.
Max had a genuine gift and passion for helping others and volunteered for numerous organizations all over Kane County. He led the Fox Valley Cable Consortium, volunteered at Goodwin Elementary School, the Home for Endangered and Lost Pets (HELP) and Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity. Near and dear to his heart was the Fox Valley Wildlife Center in Elburn, where he served on the board of directors and maintained the facility.
Max will be deeply missed by his loving family, many friends and special pets, Daisy, Ruby and Mishy. He is survived by his wife, Jackie of North Aurora; a daughter, Robin (David) Fisher of North Aurora; a son, Max Herwig (Alex Sperfeld) of Chicago; three grandchildren, Grace, Lily and Jack Fisher; one sister, Gail Thornton; his father-in-law, Jack Fohn; a brother-in-law, Steven (Margaret) Fohn; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at Moss Family Funeral Home, 209 S. Batavia Ave. (Route 31 and Main Street), Batavia.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 10, at Batavia Covenant Church, 1314 Main St., Batavia. A private interment will be held at West Batavia Cemetery in Batavia.
In Max's memory, memorial contributions may be given to Fox Valley Wildlife Association, 45W061 IL Route 38, Elburn, IL 60119, or www.foxvalleywildlife.org.
For additional information, contact Moss Family Funeral Home at 630-879-7900 or www.mossfuneral.com.