Max started his flying in 1948 while farming and welding and received his private ticket in 1951. Some of his experiences are: The earthquake in Alaska in 64; Disneyland in California for our honeymoon in 71; in 75-South America in the Bonanza, made it to Santa Domingo were weathered in but was able to return in time to make it to Oshkosh, which he has attended for 40 yrs.
In the early 1980's he meet up with a group of pilots called the 70 Knotters that plan a trip every year. A member of the group plans the trip and we hosted the trip in 1999. 20 airplanes landed at Mid Valley Airport, Weslaco. We transported them to our home(s) in La Feria and Harlingen. Approx. 40 people enjoyed the sights in the area and South Padre Island. This group has flown all over the United States, Canada and Nova Scotia.
Max has been flying for 58 years and his credentials for a second mate would need to fly with him. We will be married forty years in July and he has been a good stepfather to my children after he raised his children... We both have 2 sons and 1 daughter.
After 30 years of service as a welder at Peabody Galion and farming, he wanted to re-locate for the winter months, and after he told me he needed a cook, I retired my secretarial position at Galion City Schools.
We have been coming to the Rio Grande Valley since 1989. Our Ohio home is in Galion and we share our time with our families from Apr.-Oct. Together we have 6 children, fourteen grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren. Max still owns a 1966 Cessna 150 and a 1941 Taylorcraft that he has completely rebuilt and will be licensed this summer. In his lifetime he as bought, sold, and rebuilt airplanes to make it affordable to keep flying.