Emery Max Van Ness Emery Max Van Ness, 86, passed away at his home in Visalia, California on June 18, 2012. Born in Mansfield, Missouri in 1925, Max was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific as a communication specialist. Following the war, Max returned to Tulare County to marry his sweetheart, Freda Brown of Exeter, and to start a family. After a brief stint in Chicago where he earned a license in mechanical engineering, Max settled with his family in Visalia. There he established himself as a successful businessman, first as a partner in Horton and Van Ness Air Conditioning, then as sole proprietor, segueing from residential to large commercial projects throughout California. A natural and talented entrepreneur, Max retired from his business at the age of 50 to pursue a second career in real estate investment and development. Until a few years ago, he was actively involved in his various enterprises with the drive, energy, and mental acuity of a man half his age. Max brought the same intensity to whatever he did--whether it was driving a golf ball, skiing the Sierras, piloting his own plane, or battling the illness that ultimately ended his life. Most importantly, Max provided a wonderful life for his wife Freda and their four children; Terry, (husband Russ), Gary, (wife Mary), Sherry, (husband Randy) and Jerry: grandchildren; Marshal, Lendi, Sammi and Cory and great-grandchildren, Emily, Gage and Lane. A special thank you to his loving and devoted care taker and "best" friend, Chyanne Kyle--his memory. He will be deeply and forever missed.Please no flower donations.
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Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register from June 23 to June 27, 2012