Max Grudzinski - August 15, 2009

Max Grudzinski, 72, of Aurora, died Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, at Memorial Community Care.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 19 at the Higby-McQuiston Chapel. Rev. Jim Garfield will officiate. Burial will be in the Aurora Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at
Max Stanley Grudzinski, son of Henry I. and Marguerite A. (Cotten) Grudzinski, was born in Marquette on Dec. 14, 1936.
He grew up in Aurora and graduated from Aurora High School in 1954. He worked in several grocery stores, a gas station, a theater and a hardware store prior to joining the U.S. Navy.
He married Shirley J. Gray on Sept. 1, 1974 at Memphis, Tenn. He served 30 years in the U.S. Navy retiring in January 1989 as Command Master Chief. The last 13 years he has worked for International Sensors Systems, Inc.
He was a member of The Aurora Community Team (T.A.C.T) an affiliate of the Drug-Free Nebraska Program and the Adult Basic Education Council. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, woodworking and working in his yard.
Survivors include his wife Shirley of Aurora; children, Clayton (Amy) Grudzinski of Aurora, Crystal (Jason) Dieckmann of Aurora and, Stephanie (Walter) Hilliard of Munford, Tenn.; five grandsons; five granddaughters and one great-grandson. He is also survived by two sisters, Joann (Gordon) Leaf of Divide, Colo. and Karen (David) Heckman of Lincoln; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Richard and Robert Grudzinski.

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