May 26 • 04:53 PM

Max Nettnay

Died: Friday, December 18, 2009
Age: 85
Max Nettnay, 85, of Attica, Michigan passed away Friday, December 18, 2009 at Lapeer Regional Medical Care Facility (Suncrest).

Max Leroy Nettnay was born February 1, 1924 in Capac. He was a son of Henry “Ross” and Pearl (Blake) Nettnay. He graduated in the Class of 1941 from Capac High School.

He joined the U. S. Navy in September 1941. Max served during WWII in the Atlantic Theater aboard the U.S.S. Tuscaloosa and in the Pacific Theater aboard the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. Franklin. The USS Franklin was bombed and nearly destroyed near Honshu, Japan in March, 1945. Max was a member of the Franklin’s “704 Club” of survivors.

Max married Ellen Marie Roy Godo on February 22, 1956 in Lapeer. He worked at the Detroit Arsenal Tank Plant in Warren; National Twist Drill and Tool Corporation in Rochester. He and his wife owned and ran Nettnay’s General Store in Attica from 1969 to 1979. He assisted his wife Ellen with the operation of a lunch wagon for years at many auction sales. He was an Imlay City School Bus Driver; and later was an Imlay City School custodian. In his retirement Max was a classroom volunteer at Weston Elementary School in Imlay City for 5 years. Max enjoyed vegetable gardening and raised a cash crop of asparagus.

He was a long time member of the Attica United Methodist Church, a life member of the VFW and the American Legion. He was also a member of the Free & Accepted Masons Attica / Imlay City Lodge.

Max is survived by a daughter, Nancy (Paul) Satwicz of Newton, Mass.; sons, Paul (Diane) Godo of North Branch, Kent (Barbara) Nettnay of Batesville, IN, Wayne Nettnay of North Attleboro, Mass. and David (Christine) Godo of San Antonio, TX;

10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild. He is also survived by his brother, Don (Alice) Nettnay of Capac, and brother-in-law Robert Roy of Attica.

Max is preceded in death by his wife, Ellen; parents, Henry and Pearl Nettnay; brother, Lloyd Nettnay; sisters, Eunice Stickel, Carol Schmidt, and baby Jean Nettnay.

A memorial service will be held 3:00 p.m. Saturday , March 6, 2010 at Attica United Methodist Church. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Attica United Methodist Church.

Arrangements were made by Muir Brothers Funeral Home in Imlay City.
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