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Andrew Max Scheid of Garland joined his beloved Betty in the arms of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Nov. 24, 2015.  
Throughout his life, Max was known as a man of character — loving son and brother, devoted husband, daddy, grandad, great-, and Uncle Max. We are comforted in knowing he was met at the Rainbow Bridge with the wagging tails of many beloved furry friends, especially Bear and Sonshine “Sonny” von Scheidhaus.
Max was born March 31, 1920, in Fayetteville, Ark., and moved to Whitesboro as a young boy. There he worked on the family farm and in their Scheid Dairy until graduation from Whitesboro High School. In 1938, Max enrolled at The University of Texas and was forevermore an ardent Longhorn fan. Shortly thereafter he joined The First Baptist Church of Austin and fell head over heels for a beauty he spotted in the church choir, a stunning brunette with big brown eyes. Max and Betty Lois Rogers married in 1941 and were devoted to each other for almost 68 years until her passing in 2008.
Max is remembered for his deep commitment to Jesus; and of his many endeavors, he considered his greatest accomplishment to be passing his love of the Lord to his children — Betsy Scheid of Littleton, Colo., Carol Pinson and husband Reg of Rowlett, Peggy Manning and husband Bill of Georgetown, and Candy Pugh and husband Cole of Lagrange, Ga. Endless Grandad tales can be shared by Max’s nine grandchildren — Jeff Pinson of Tomball, Damon Johnston and wife Valerie of Lakewood, Colo., Blake Frye and wife Marty of Littleton, Colo., Fr. Joel Pinson and wife Jude of Gilbert, Ariz., Derek Johnston and wife Christy of Tulsa, Okla., Brandon Frye and wife Mindy of Pflugerville, Mandy Pugh of Dallas, Jeanna Pugh of LaGrange, Ga., and Daniel Pugh of Athens, Ga.; along with 16 great-grandchildren and nephew Patrick Rogers and wife Debbie of Austin.
With Betty by his side, Max set a beautiful example of participating in and giving back to the community. His civic and community leadership spanned a broad spectrum of interests, both professional and personal, that included charter member and board treasurer, Memorial Hospital of Garland (now Garland Baylor Scott White); president, Garland Chamber of Commerce; vice president, Board of Trustees of Garland I.S.D.; executive secretary, Dallas Association Insurance Agents; president, Dallas East; board of directors, State of Texas Surplus Property Agency; deacon, First Baptist and Calvary Baptist churches of Garland and then department leader of Park Cities Baptist Church of Dallas; and numerous other city, county, and community leadership positions.
A proud veteran of World War II and patriot, Max served in the Pacific Theatre as an armored calvary officer tasked with disarming the Japanese military in their homeland.  Despite the loss of his brother at the hands of the Japanese, he became enamored with the culture and the people, bringing home a working knowledge of the language, a fondness for the customs, and an enduring affection for the friends he made there.
Max’s upbringing engrained a commitment to stewardship of the earth, and “Land! Land! Land!” became his vocation, his hobby, his passion. Always enthusiastic about prospective pieces of land he’d seen or heard about, he never retired and maintained his commercial real estate business until the time of his death.
As a lifelong learner, Max was articulate, up on current events, and yes—opinionated; but he was also known to many as a highly ethical and kind-hearted man who possessed a keen sense of humor. His office copier became his favorite “toy” as he copied and mailed jokes, cartoons, news clippings, or “Musings from Max” to family and friends in envelopes addressed in his customary burnt orange script. He was warm and hospitable with those he loved and with those he’d just met. Compassionate and generous with his time and attention, Max mentored many people in their careers and personal lives.
The family wishes to express their deep appreciation to Sally for her 13 years of compassionate nursing care.
A celebration of Max Scheid’s life will be held Saturday, Dec. 5, at 10 a.m., Rest Haven Funeral Home – Rockwall Chapel, 2500 State Highway 66 East, Rockwall, TX 75087, with Dewayne Cain officiating. Interment will follow in Rest Haven Memorial Park.  Friends are invited to visit with the family on Friday, Dec. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the same location. 
Memorial remembrances may be made to Baylor Hospital of Garland.
Online condolences may be made at www.resthavenfuneral.com and www.rockwallheraldbanner.com.
Published on  December 4, 2015
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