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Max Ramon Kreiter
08/08/1928 — 09/27/2019
From Richland, WA | Born in Auburn, WA
Celebration of Life
Max Ramon Kreiter
On September 27, 2019, Max Kreiter walked the last step of his 91 year journey of life here on earth and went to be with his Lord in Heaven. In the arms of his family, surrounded by love, singing hymns and praising the Lord, he left us with peace and joy in his heart.
Max was born to Maxwell and Ruth Kreiter in the small town of Auburn, Washington in 1928. His humble nature was forged as a child of the “Great Depression”. His love of God’s creation was nurtured by his outings, fishing and hiking along Soos Creek and the Green River. His work ethic was molded by several summers spent on his Aunt and Uncle’s farm in Idaho where he learned to ride horses and buck hay. His loving and caring heart was guided by Jesus Christ through study of the Bible from the age of 13 to his passing. After graduating from Auburn High School, he married the love of his life, Betty Jean Bradford, his best friend and partner for the next 71 years. With her love, help and support, he graduated from Seattle University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering.
The next great step of their journey together took them “east of the mountains” to Richland, Washington, where in 1951, Max went to work for General Electric, a sub-contractor of the Atomic Energy Commission’s Hanford Labs. He worked on many different engineering projects to further Nuclear Energy research in this Country. During this time, Max and Betty started their family and made frequent trips “back home” to Auburn. Max also loved to hunt and fish in Eastern Washington and played baseball in the company baseball league. He continued to play trumpet and listen to his beloved jazz music. Many of their dear and long lasting friendships were created during this time. In 1965 General Electric left Richland and Max went to work for Battelle Northwest Labs, until his retirement in 1993. He served in both Project Engineer and Project Management capacities on a variety of projects ranging from orchard heating to vitrification of nuclear waste for long term storage. His vitrification work earned him the opportunity to be a keynote speaker at an International Nuclear Energy Conference in Paris, France.
In retirement Max pursued his childhood dream of learning to fly. He obtained his pilot’s license at the age of 66 and actively flew to the age of 85. Max and Betty followed their dreams of international travel together. Europe was a common destination and one highlight was a trip to Norway with Max’s mother Ruth, to visit their family village, farm and the church his Grandfather was christened in. Max loved his family and found joy in his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He joined the Kiwanis organization and found much joy in working on their SIGN project, an international humanitarian effort to ease suffering in developing countries by performing surgical procedures to repair broken bones.
Max is survived by his beloved wife, Betty Kreiter, sister Sandra Hixenbaugh, sister-in-law Wanda Bradford, sons Kevin (Sonja) Kreiter, Mark (Trish) Kreiter, Matt (Liz) Kreiter, 9 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren, 3 nieces and 4 nephews, all of whom he loved dearly.
Max lived a rich, blessed and humble life, loved his family, friends, his Country, God and Jesus Christ. In the end, he wanted to share that the essence of his 76 years of bible study could be found in the book of John 3:16.
A “Celebration of Life” ceremony will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 2:00-5:00PM in the Sunset Gardens Event Center, 915 By Pass Highway, Richland, WA 99352. Donations may be made on behalf of Max Kreiter to the SIGN Organization,451 Hills St, Ste B, Richland, WA 99354.
Max was my best friend. We worked together at Battelle and got to know each other but went our own ways when we both retired from Battelle/PNNL. Later on when I joined the Richland Kiwanis in 2012, I joined the SIGN Committee and soon found that Max had a major role. He was one of the founders of the project for Kiwanis to support the SIGN effort! I then started to play some golf with Max and his group at Horn Rapids. Our friendship really took off when my wife and I moved nearby to Max and Betty in 2015. Both Betty and Max were so kind to us, and when my wife passed they kind of took me in, inviting me often to their home for dinner. What a wonderful couple. We went places together, like to Palouse Falls, and to Baker OR to see the Solar Eclipse! Max became a great friend. He and I also both flew airplanes and had the honor of flying the P-51 Mustang when it came to town, I will miss him! Love you Max, and Betty! My condolences to Betty and all of the family.
We both dearly loved this sweet man & will miss him terribly. Max was never shy in letting us know he loved us! He & his lovely Betty have been our neighbors for 15 years. They always prayed for us – sometimes out on the sidewalk if that just happened to be the right moment. Max shared his tomatoes every year, loved my clam chowder, appreciated my snow blowing efforts, & always asked about our furfaces. The last conversation we had, I heard Max & Randy on the telephone saying they loved each other. It was then I really understood Max’s time to be with God was near. Oh Dear Sweet Max – Randy & I are going to miss you!!!
We love you Betty! Our condolences to all of Max’s family.