Max M. Whitson, 90, passed away on Oct. 5, 2018

Max M. Whitson, 90, of  El Dorado and formerly of Benton, passed away on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, at Lakepoint in Augusta.
Visitation with family present will be from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, at Kirby-Morris Funeral Home in El Dorado.  Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, at the Benton Church led by Pastor Justin Lefto and Pastor John Martyn.  Masonic rites by the Mystic Tie Lodge #74 will be held following the service.  Burial will be in the Benton Cemetery.
Max was born on July 1, 1928 in Benton, the son of ohn and Lydia (Meyersick) Whitson.  Max was a 1946 graduate of Whitewater High School.  He was united in marriage to Mildred “Lu” Foster on June 6, 1949 in Wichita.  Max was a lifelong farmer and operated the Benton Elevator and Grain Co.  He was a past master of the Towanda Masonic Lodge and member of Mystic Tie Lodge #74 in Augusta, Scottish Rite and Midian Shrine of Wichita.  
Survivors include; daughter, Debra Hokkanen of Towanda; son, Ted (Jane) Whitson of Benton; grandchildren, Adam (Leslie) Whitson, Nathan (Elona) Whitson, Andy (Shannon) Worthington and Kyle (Ashley) Worthington; and nine great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife Lu in 2008; brother, Verle Bachelder; sister, Velma Bachelder; infant son, James; and son in law, Steve Hokkanen.
Memorial contributions in his name may be directed to the Benton Church Grief Ministry.  Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory of Max at www.kirbymorrisfuneralhome.com.