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Max Levern Wetherell

January 12, 1932 - November 16, 2022
From: Peterson, IA
Max Levern Wetherell

Max Levern Wetherell

Born: January 12, 1932
Died: November 16, 2022
Age: 90

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Max Levern Wetherell, the son of Levern and Pauline (Mohor) Wetherell, was born January 12, 1932 in rural Peterson, IA. His childhood years were spent in the Peterson, IA area where he attended Brooke and Peterson schools.

    Max married Betty Lou Joyce Muilenburg on January 9, 1955 in Worthington, MN. They were blessed with four children: Robert, Rodney (Joe), David and Sherry. Following their marriage, they resided and raised their family in the Peterson area.

   After graduating as Salutatorian from Peterson High School Max and his best friend, Robert Mueller, travelled to Key West, Florida for sun, fun and relaxation. This would be the beginning of Max’s many globetrotting adventures. Max joined the Air Force in March 1950 where he attended the US Army Foreign Language School in Monterey, CA. He learned Russian in 6 months where he was stationed in Germany to monitor Russian communications. While in Germany he travelled extensively throughout Europe. Max was honorably discharged from the Air Force in October 1952 when he returned to Peterson due to his father’s health taking over his father’s trucking business hauling livestock and grain until 1976.  In 1976 he started working for the town of Peterson as the “jack of all trades”. When he was in his 50’s, the town of Peterson asked him to take on additional responsibilities as the “Chief of Police”. He agreed and attended the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in Johnston, IA and became one of their oldest graduates. He retired in 1995 to take care of his wife Betty. After her passing in November 1996 he became one of the first volunteers in their new valet parking service at the Spencer Municipal Hospital until his 2nd retirement.

   Max loved the “Valley” as he referred to Peterson and the surrounding area. He had a caring heart, faith in God and enjoyed helping others. Max was a long-time member of the American Legion Dean Underwood Post #10 and at one time served as its Commander. He was a member of the Peterson 1st Congregational Church. Max was also one of the original members of Peterson CRU. He particularly enjoyed spending time with his very special friend, Kathleen Whittenburg, traveling, camping, fishing, bowling, playing cards, collecting and polishing rocks in addition to spending time with his family and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

   On November 16, 2022 at the age of 90, Max peacefully passed away at the VA Hospital in Iowa City, IA where hospital staff saluted him as he was taken away. He was preceded in death by his father, Levern; sister, Doris John) Cox; wife, Betty; mother, Pauline; mother-in-law, Laverna Muilenburg Peters; sister, Dorothy (Ralph) Davis; sister Ione (Chuck Sievert; and sister Ruth (Bernard) Miller.

    Max leaves to mourn in Passing, special friend Kathleen Whittenburg of Peterson, IA; his brother, Bill of Fairfield, CA; his sister Janis Jim Wilson) of Sioux Rapids, IA; three sons and their wives: Robert  (Mary) of Cedar Rapids, IA; Rodney (Shelia) of Hudson, IA; and David (Debra) of Edmond, OK. One daughter, Sherry & (Dana) Kolpin of West Branch, IA. 15 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; sister-in-law Lucille (Lloyd) Busse of Marcus, IA; brother-in-law Clifford (Susan) Muilenburg of TX; and a multitude of other relatives and friends.  Max positively impacted and influenced many and will be greatly missed.

    The family would like to acknowledge a special thanks to Kathleen Whittenburg for being his long-time companion and the staff at WEL-Life Assisted Living in Alta, Simpson Memorial in West Liberty, and the VA Hospital in Iowa City for their compassion and caring of Max when he was no longer able to stay in “the Valley”.

Memorial Services will be held 10:00 A.M., Saturday, November 26, 2022, at the First Congregational Church in Peterson, Iowa.
Pastor Michael Hyde
Visitation will be held from 5 - 7:00 P.M., Friday, November 25, 2022, at the Warner Funeral Home in Peterson.
"Going Home"
"One Day At A Time"
by Ryan Brown

"The Old Rugged Cross"
by The Congregation

ORGANIST: Gloria Terrell
Oakland Cemetery
Peterson, Iowa
Immediately following the services at the church.

Military Services will be conducted by Dean-Underwood Post #10 of Peterson, Iowa at the graveside.

A lunch and time of fellowship will be held at the First Congregational Church immediately following the graveside services.


Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 8:34 AM
“Max will be missed, yet remembered for his smile and how kind he was. He has always had a moment to share his time, listen to others around him, and to talk awhile. Our love and prayers are with Robert, Joe, Dave, Sherry, and each of the families.”
- Norma & David Seger
Thursday, November 24, 2022 at 5:17 PM
“Our sincere sympathies!
Dave & Lori Nordyke”
- Dave & Lori Nordyke
Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at 2:55 PM
“So sorry to hear the news. Max was a one of a kind person, a good man. ”
- Toni
Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at 7:59 AM
“I worked at Spencer Hospital with Max and always enjoyed his kindness and smile. He was always so helpful and friendly to our patients, visitors, and staff. Sending my sympathy to his family.”
- Sherri Steffen
Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at 6:54 AM
“Sending prayers for max’s family and friends. I worked with him at the Spencer Hospital where he spread his happiness and goodwill. He will be missed”
- Jo Runkle
Monday, November 21, 2022 at 7:10 AM
“We are sorry to learn about Max's passing. Our prayers and condolences to all the family. ”
- Lloyd & Janice Mattoon
Sunday, November 20, 2022 at 2:28 PM
“So sorry to hear Max passed away. We always had great visits while he was taking care of Peterson. Always a friendly smile and a good story. I'm sure he will be missed. RIP Max. ”
- Joe Skow
Sunday, November 20, 2022 at 11:10 AM
“Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers. I remember when Max used to haul alot if cattle fir my dad.”
- Mary and David Dean
Sunday, November 20, 2022 at 11:10 AM
“Special Condplences of Max's passing. I'm 75 and new Max ever since I was a very young lad. Used to ride along to Sioux City to the Stock Yards with him when he hauled dad's
cattle and them later on when Dad and I switched sending our livestock to IBP in Dennison. Great man. Proud to call him my friend. Most assuridly will be missed.
- Dean Gilbert
Sunday, November 20, 2022 at 11:09 AM
“Everyone seems to have a fond memory of Max. He touched a lot of lives with his kindness. It was an honor to help him with his house and visit him weekly for the last few years. We had long conversations. I never heard him complain or say a bad word about any one. He was one of Peterson's treasures for sure.♡”
- Jane Stoner
Sunday, November 20, 2022 at 11:08 AM
“Robert and Mary
I only met him once, but the love on Emily's face for him was so special. Your family lost a treasure but he is free of this world and you will be together again some day. Hugs and Love to you all. ”
- Pat Reese
Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 4:05 PM
“So sorry for your family’s loss. He was always so nice to me. ”
- Lorraine Koekenhoff
Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 12:45 PM
“My sincere condolences to the Wetherell Family, and to Kathleen. He was always so kind to my (Reed) family - a true gentleman. May good memories sustain you during this difficult time.”
- Mary Ann (Friedrichsen) Johns
Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 12:45 PM
“So sorry to hear of Max's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Max's and Kathleen's family.
Bruce & Donna”
- Bruce & Donna Berg
Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 12:05 PM
“My heart goes out to Kathleen and Max’s family. I am so sorry for your loss. Max was a kind man and I believe that this is the quality of him that we will all remember. I remember meeting him in the late 60’s when I moved to the valley. His kindness along with many others made me feel so welcomed. Thank you Max for sharing your “Valley”. Rest in peace ”
- Sue Ehlers
Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 12:05 PM
“Max was an awesome person and our neighbor. He did so much for the town of Peterson. He will not be forgotten. Deepest sympathy to the family”
- Craig and Janice Johnson
Friday, November 18, 2022 at 7:40 PM
“Have known Max since I was young. He always talked to me and was always friendly. Family friend for a long time. In later years would run into him. He was always a fair person. Thinking of Max. We will always have good memories. Blessings for the Family. Dale Reese”
- Dale Reese
Friday, November 18, 2022 at 6:58 PM
“So sorry to hear of Max’s passing. Our sympathy to all of his family.”
- Paul and Lisa Stoner
Friday, November 18, 2022 at 1:38 PM
“Sorry to hear of Max. He was an awesome man”
- Keith Klatt family
Friday, November 18, 2022 at 12:04 PM
“I was sorry to learn of Max's passing. My sincerest sympathy to Kathleen's and Mac's families. May your years of memories ease your pain at this time.”
- Lynnette S Petersen
Friday, November 18, 2022 at 12:04 PM
“Sorry to hear of Max's passing. I recently got to know him better when he was a resident at Wel-Life in Alta. It was nice because my father is there as well, and they would sit together for meals and have a great time speaking about past memories in Peterson and about the Wetherell clan and mutual friends they knew, as well as trucking and business. I would join them on Fridays for supper and it was great to sit there and listen to them talk ! Condolences to the family, and I will miss listening to Max's stories !!!”
- Robert Wetherell
Friday, November 18, 2022 at 9:02 AM
“Family of Max
So sorry for your loss!
Max was definitely one of the good guys, great lawman and a true gentleman.
Take care and God Bless✝️

- Randy Krukow
Friday, November 18, 2022 at 9:02 AM
“So sorry to hear of Max passing. Such a good and hard-working man. So personable. Memories of him being a cop in Peterson and competition with my dad in trucking!! He always acknowledged me when I saw him!! He will be missed but remembered..”
- Bonnie Giese
Friday, November 18, 2022 at 9:02 AM
“Dear Family,
We were so sorry to hear about Max. What a kind man.. we always enjoyed seeing him at the valet
Parking at the hospital. You are all in our prayers…RIP Max

- Jackie Mann
Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 6:45 PM
“I was sorry to hear of Max passing. My deepest sympathies to the family. ”
- Michael family Fuhrman
Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 2:34 PM
“My condolences on Max’s passing. What a wonderful and kind man. He’ll be missed. ”
- Deanna Reiten
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