Maxine (Lare) McKnight, 87, of Brock, died at her home with family around her on Jan. 20, 2013. She was born Oct. 4, 1925 in Lincoln to Maurice and Nellie (Arnold) Lare. She graduated from Brock High School.
On Oct. 4, 1944 Maxine married Lester R. McKnight in Seneca, Kan. Maxine and Lester spent their entire married life in the Brock area.
Maxine devoted her life to her family, from helping Mick on the farm to raising her children to caring for her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. She was also known as “Grandma Max” to many others in Brock and elsewhere.
A longtime member of the United Methodist Church in Brock, Maxine served in many capacities on the church council and taught Sunday school for many years. She attended many annual conference meetings, including a national church conference in New York. Also an active community worker, Maxine worked on the Brock Community Action group and with the state on Community Improvement Projects, which led to a meeting with Governor Bob Kerrey. She served on the Voting Board and as an active member of the Democratic Party. She had many goals putting out a family magazine and getting sayings together for her grandchildren.
Her husband Lester, daughter Connie Jo Smith, brother Jim Kelly, and sisters Loretta Elliot and Mary Lou Trewin preceded her in death.
She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law Linda and Albert Zook of Nebraska City and Sharon and Steve Bowen of Brock; grandchildren and spouses Gregory and Yvonne King, Douglas and Caron King, Michael and Tracy King, Tim and Lisa Bowen, Eric Bowen, Michelle and Carter Schrage, Colin Cathcart, Sahara Cathcart, and Ana Cathcart; 18 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; sister Margaret Kelly of Fond du Lac, Wis.; brother Dan and wife Carmeletta Kelly of Summerfield, Fla., many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were Jan. 23 at the Brock United Methodist Church, officiated by Rev. Larry Tolen. Kathleen Parker accompanied solos by herself and a duet by Jere Gravatt and Phyllis Gravatt.
Pallbearers were John Hawley, Charlotte Eastland, John Ostrander, Don Dougherty, John Jeanneret, Kent Gerking, Bob Schmucker, and Ross Sandfort. Flower attendants were Trish Hendricks and Sharron Randolph. Burial was in the Clifton Cemetery near Brock.
Services were entrusted to Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn.