Max Roy Vokhgelt
Epstein Memorial Chapel - Columbus
3232 E Main Street
Columbus, OH
Vokhgelt Max Roy Vokhgelt, age 24, passed away on May 24, 2016 in St. Louis, MO. He was born in Columbus, Ohio at the Ohio State University Hospital on June 9, 1991. He attended JCC for preschool and then attended the Bexley Schools until his graduation 2009. It was there he had his first battle with Leukemia. On Tuesday, May 24, 2016, after four months of courageously fighting, Max lost his second battle with Leukemia, while he was a part of a clinical trial for Car-T Cell Immunotherapy. His death was unexpected, as the trial showed great promise and his will to live was boundless. Max lit up a room with his smile, contagious laughter and unparalleled energy. Grateful for every day, he understood how fragile life could be and threw himself into every relationship he developed. His sweet nature and ability to love unconditionally invited friendships that were long lasting and true. Most of all he was a great brother, son, grandson and friend. His devotion to family ran deep, he was proud of his Russian/Jewish heritage and he did all he could to grow into someone his family was so very proud of. His future was bright, full of travel and a thirst for what was yet to be explored. He was taken too soon, but for those of us who had the privilege of knowing him, he is a gift we will carry in our hearts. Preceded in death by his grandfather Lev Vokhgelt and brother Daniel Vokhgelt. He is survived by his mother, Jennifer Vokhgelt; father, Michael (Elena) Vokhgelt; brothers, Nicholas Jay and Leonard Daniel Vokhgelt; sister, Yana Titova; grandmothers, Enya Vokhgelt and Alexandra (Ken) Armstrong; grandfather, Anatoli (Lyubov) Seliavski; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 27 at EPSTEIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 3232 E. Main St. Interment will follow at New Temple Israel Cemetery. Shiva will be observed at the Bexley High School Community Room on Friday from 5-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred in his memory to the American Cancer Society, Hope Lodge, 4215 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108. Online guestbook at

Published by The Columbus Dispatch from May 25 to May 26, 2016.
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Max, its been two year since you're gone, and 5 years since college got over; but you are missed so much! You just brought brightness to everything you did and you put your whole heart in everything you did! Miss you buddy. You live in our hearts!
Yukti Arora
May 19, 2020
Dear Vokhgelt Family,
We, the families of The Compassionate Friends, send you our heartfelt condolences. The Compassionate Friends is an international grief support group for parents, grandparents and siblings who have suffered the heartbreaking loss of a child. Our only mission is to provide comfort, hope and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or daughter, brother or sister, or grandchild, and to help others better assist the grieving family. We meet monthly in Columbus from 7-9 PM on the second Tuesday of each month at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1479 Morse Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229. If and when you are ready to do so, please join us. We need Not Walk Along. We are The Compassionate Friends.
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June 1, 2016
It's impossible to fathom that you're gone, Max. May your memory live on, we love you buddy.

Scott Sugarman
May 29, 2016
My deepest condolences to the Vokhgelt family. I knew Max as part of the Local Matters and The Greener Grocer families. He was such an integral part of both and truly a bright light. He will be missed.
Michael Jones
May 27, 2016
Really Sorry for the loss of my friend Max. Max was very sensitive,wise, understanding and giving- qualities that immediately make him your friend . Always had a bright smile on his face and always ready to make a change for the good of others. Brian, I, Mary, Max, Juan, Zach, Dron would often cook together and do Yoga at his place. You'll always remain in our hearts.
Yukti Arora
May 26, 2016
I met Max through the philanthropy committee at Print Syndicate. I was blown away by his volunteer activity in the community and was inspired by how he was always the first to introduce himself with a smile on his face and ask how he could help. A truly generous person.
May 26, 2016
Max devoted his time to others. He was optimistic, open-hearted, and committed to his many friends. I will miss him.
Sam Brock
May 26, 2016
My condolences to your family. I worked with Max and he was a good guy with a lot of hope and gratitude for everything, even if it was getting up and going to work.
May 26, 2016
Our deepest condolences to the Vokhgelt family. We are so sad by the loss of Max. He really was a happy, kind hearted young man. May his memory be a blessing to all of you.

Stacey, Josh, Romi and Nolan
Stacey and Josh Gaines
May 26, 2016
We are so saddened by the unexpected loss of Max. Max fought the good fight against Leukemia. His contributions to the clinical trial of Car T-Cell Immunotherapy, which we put such a high hope in, will not be in vain and will benefit many other cancer patients. Michael, May the Lord YHWH comfort you and your family through this great grief (Psalm 73:25-26).
Huameng Li
May 26, 2016
Max was one of the best co-workers I have ever had. He was funny, kind, and always had a bright attitude. He was truly one in a million, in a class by himself. His death was a terrible shock. My thoughts are with his family and friends. He will be very much missed.
Rhianon O'Halloran
May 26, 2016
We are so sorry to read of the sad, unexpected death of Max and send our deepest sympathy. May the encouragement found in the 23rd Psalms give you a measure of strength and comfort during this time of deepest grief.
The Dawes family
Salem, OH
May 26, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss. I hope that Jer. 29: 11,12 will bring you some comfort during this difficult time.
May 25, 2016
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