Maxim “Max” Hansonl was born on May 15, 1938 in St. Ignatius, Montana to Daniel and Opal Hansonl. When Max was a baby, Daniel and Opal moved to Whitewater, Montana where Max was raised on the family farm. He attended school in Whitewater and he played basketball for the Whitewater Penguins. He graduated from high school there in 1957. Max went to be with the Lord, Sunday, January 7, 2018 in his home with his family. He passed away after a long courageous fight with Pancreatic Cancer.
In 1957 he moved to Glasgow, Montana where he worked different jobs as a mechanic then he bought and ran the Texaco station there. Max met his wife, Lila Baney and they were married on August 9, 1959 at the Lutheran Church. They had one son Robert, and three daughters Brenda, Maxine, and Daniela.
In 1966 Max and Lila moved to Sidney, Montana where Max bought a Texaco station and bulk plant which he called Max’s Texaco. There Max and his wife Lila raised their four children. Max sold the station and bulk plant to Keith Bostrom. Max and Lila moved to Shepherd, Montana in 1993.
Max went to work as a seismographer in the oil fields, until he retired in 2007. He couldn’t just retire and settle down. He worked part time jobs in Billings. In March 2016 Max found out he had cancer. He was employed at the Town Pump in Lockwood, MT and that is when he retired fulltime. Along with his part time jobs Max loved and took care of his wife Lila from 2007-2013 when Lila was called home by the good Lord.
Max is survived by his son, Robert (Ronna) Hansonl, Marshall, MN; daughters, Brenda Fredrick, Sidney, MT, Maxine Obergfell, Great Falls, MT, Daniela (Dennis Dean) Blowers, Shepherd, MT; 9 grandchildren, Jessica (Terry) Schulte, Crystal (Nick) Johnson, Derrick (Crystal Taylor) Walla, Alishia (Ryan Stanley) Walla, Keela (Dan Heaven) Obergfell, Joshua (Amanda) Obergfell, Dallas Obergfell, Zane (Paige) Obergfell, and Galen Blowers II; 14 great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Anastasia, Jaymin, Taylor, Braycen, Hayden, Braden, Mikala, Caitlynn, Bentley, Ava, Zoey Nora and Symon.
Max loved his kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids very much. He enjoyed working, gardening, being outside tinkering on stuff, and having coffee with his friends and coworkers at the M&M Cafe in Sidney and also at the Town Pump in Lockwood. Max always said, “God put me on this earth to work, help others, enjoy my family and to keep busy.”
Max was a loving and a caring husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
Max is preceded death by his wife Lila; his parents Daniel and Opal Hansonl; his in-laws Hiram and Charlotte Baney; his Little Sister Ivy Hansonl, two brothers George and William Hansonl; and sister Pauline Davies; three son-in-Iaws Galen Blowers, John Obergfell, and William Fredrick.
Max will be greatly missed by us all. We love you to the moon and back Dad, Papa, and Great Grandpa.
Donations in Memory of Maxim (Max) Hansonl may be given to Chase Hawks PO Box 31333 Billings, MT 59107; Compassus 2110 Overland Ave. Suite 111 Billings, MT 59102.
A gathering of family of friends will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12 at Heights Family Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13 at Heights Family Funeral Home with reception to follow.