Thursday, May 3, 2012

Max Nitcher, 88 of Watsonville, was welcomed into the arms of Jesus, Friday, April 27, after an illness. He was born Feb. 21, 1924 in Pomona, Kan.

Max grew up in Kansas until the age of 18 when he and his new bride, Ruth, made their way by bus to Salinas, Calif. Shortly thereafter, Max was drafted into the Army Air Force and he proudly served as a staff sergeant and gunner aboard a B29 bomber during World War II.

After the war, Max made his home in the Las Lomas area of Watsonville where he lived in the same home until the day he died. He worked over 30 years for Kilpatrick's Bread Company and is still known in Watsonville as, "The Bread Man."

Max loved music and sang in multiple choirs, both community and at First Baptist Church, Watsonville. He also sang bass in a gospel quartet at First Baptist where he was an active member for over 50 years. He loved playing his favorite hymns on his harmonica every morning.

Max was an avid sports fan and loved the Giants, 49ers and the Warriors watching their games every chance he could.

Max was known for his quick wit and famous "one-liners." Everyone who knew him loved him for his kindness and gentleness. Above all, Max first loved his Lord Jesus Christ and then his family. He always made everyone in his family feel loved and cherished.

Max is survived by his daughters, Beverly Conner and husband, Rick Conner and Lynne McKeever and husband Lyall McKeever; grandchildren Dana Greco, David Greco and wife, Amanda Greco, Rachel Taylor and husband Randy Taylor, and Lauren McKeever; great grandchildren Josh Bugayong and wife Sarah, Danielle Bugayong and Jordan Greco. He also leaves his brothers and sisters, Carol Shoaf of Keller, Texas, Mary Lea Wright of Iola, Kansas, Rowland Nitcher of Lubbock, Texas and Raymond Nitcher of Little Rock, Arksansas.

A memorial service with military honors will be held Monday, May 7, 2012, 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Watsonville. Viewing will be held Sunday May 6, 2012 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Ave Maria Memorial Chapel, Watsonville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Max's memory to First Baptist Church, 101 Madison, Watsonville, Calif., 95076.