Max L. Manes, 55, of Beatrice passed away doing what he loved from injuries sustained in a mower accident at his home on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. He was born on August 1, 1961 in Beatrice to Eugene "Red" and Dorothy (Davis) Manes. Max was a 1980 graduate of Beatrice High School, and received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Kearney State College in 1984. Max and Michelle Coates Chenoweth were married on July 4, 2012. He was a CPA at Shultz & Associates in Beatrice for 30 years. He was recently a member of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church and had been baptized and attended the First Christian Church. He was a former member of the Beatrice Jaycees, a current member of the Beatrice Eagles Club, Optimist Club and the Anderson Post 25 American Legion in Wymore.
Max was a simple-living, brilliant man who devoted his life to his family and tax clients. Thinking outside the box was his motto for success. His compassion and meticulous nature carried over to his other talent, woodworking. Max cherished his family and would always find ways to show his love despite his heavy work load. Beautifying his outdoor paradise was his sanctity. If he was mowing, gardening or doing any type of yardwork or landscaping, he was truly happy. His other great love was fishing, which he passed on to his stepson, Waylon. Summers were spent taking the pontoon out and fishing with his family. He especially cherished his mother and always worried about her well- being.
Survivors include his wife, Michelle; mother, Dorothy Manes of Beatrice; stepson, Waylon Chenoweth of Beatrice; aunts and uncles, Mariellyn Gibson of Springhill, KS, Joe Manes and wife Dorothy, George Manes and wife Alice, all of Beatrice, and Rosalie Schaffer of Crete; parents-in-law, Chuck and Susie Brown of Beatrice; mother-in-law, Peggy Coates of Beatrice; brother-in-law, Marty Coates of Rockford, Neb.; nephews, Mason Coates and Branson Chab; and several cousins. Max was preceded in death by his father, Eugene "Red" Manes (1990); uncles, Wesley Gibson and Richard Schaffer; aunts, Edna Mae Langley, and Elnora Rohr; brother-in-law, Brian Chab; and father-in-law, Micheal J. Coates.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at First Christian Church with Pastor David Bigley officiating. There will be no viewing, as cremation has taken place. Visitation will be Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the Beatrice Educational Foundation to create a scholarship fund for students studying accounting, with the funeral home in charge. Sign Max's online guest book at www.ghchapel.com.
Services entrusted to Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice.