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LAUNDER, Max Roland 76, died peacefully at his home in Springfield, Oh Saturday January 26th, 2013. Born in Findlay, Oh June 27, 1936, Max was the son of Ivan Clay and Bessie (Morat) Launder. Max was married to Maxine L. (Hamilton) Launder for over 30 years prior to their separation in 2007. Max graduated from Findlay High School and went on to Ohio University where he graduated in 1959 with a BS in Biology. He later earned his Masters Degree in Secondary Education from Wright State University. Max served his country in the Army from 1961- 1966. Springfield City Schools was his only employer the entire 32 years he spent in the education field. He started his career at Roosevelt Junior High and taught at North High School and Schaefer Junior High. Max served as the Vice Principal at Schaefer for 12 years, retiring in 1992. Following his time in education, Max had a successful career as a realtor while working with Roediger Realty. Max also served as an instructor for the City of Springfield's Traffic School. Many people knew Max, many more knew him as Mr. Launder. He loved all sports, especially horse racing having spent many weeks in April and October attending races at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky. He also enjoyed the outdoors, passing on his love of fishing and hunting to his children and grandchildren. Max was preceded in death by his father and mother. He is survived by his children Jennifer (Tony) Portillo of Chandler, Az and Alex C. Launder of Springfield; sisters Cleo Fox of Findlay, Oh and Ruth Hindall, Florida; nieces Vicki Fox of Blacklick, Oh, Julie Fox Crom, Findlay, Oh, and a beloved nephew, Dan (Sherry) Fox of Chicago, Il. His four grandsons include Mitchell Clay, Anthony Jacob, Zachary Eliedoro and Joseph Max. Ever a student of knowledge and continuing education, Max chose to donate his body to Boonshoft School of Medicine, Wright State University. A memorial service will be held to honor Max's life on Wednesday, February 6th at 1:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 1801 St. Paris Pike.
Published in Springfield News-Sun on Feb. 3, 2013