Max Sanford, 15, of Manning, passed away on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, at MercyOne Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa, following a vehicle accident the previous evening.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, at IKM-Manning School gymnasium in Manning. Officiating will be the Rev. Joel Sutton, pastor, United Methodist Church, Manning. Casket bearers will be Jack Sanford, Jim Karsten, Ben Lorenzen, John Lorenzen, Chad Cheney, Tim Ferneding, Jeremy Carroll and Brady Ferneding. Honorary casket bearers will be Ella Sanford; Will Sanford; Taylor, Jayce and Kayden Ferneding; Maddie, Colby and Kennedy Cheney; Karsyn, Layton and Paisley Lorenzen; Briar and Brogan Lorenzen. Interment will be at Manning Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, at IKM-Manning School gymnasium.
Ohde Funeral Home in Manning is in charge of arrangements.
Max James Sanford, son of Brett and Kasie (Lorenzen) Sanford, was born Oct. 5, 2005, at Manning Regional Healthcare Center in Manning, Iowa. He grew up in Manning and attended the IKM-Manning School District, where he was currently a freshman.
Max will be remembered for his easy-coming infectious smile and his kind and gentle heart. He was a genuine and sincere son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend, a beloved role model to all. Max was a Student Council member in both elementary school and junior high, as well as a member of the Junior Honor Society. He was a bright and witty kid who excelled in all things he endeavored. Max was passionate about all sports and thrived in them all. Max’s favorite teams included the Baltimore Ravens, Minnesota Gophers, Miami Marlins and the L.A. Lakers. Conveniently and fittingly, mostly all rivals of his dad’s favorite teams. Max was a devoted teammate and friend to many, and particularly enjoyed his friendships and memories made while playing for the Western Iowa Coyotes AAU basketball team.
Max is survived by his parents: Brett and Kasie Sanford, of Manning; siblings: Jack, Ella and Will, all at home; grandparents: Dan and Jan Lorenzen of Manning; great-grandmother Wava Lorenzen of Manning; aunts and uncles: Amy and Tim Ferneding of Manning, Andrea and Chad Cheney of Urbandale, John and Sarah Lorenzen of Manning, Ben and Ashley Lorenzen of Manning; godparents: Jeremy and Gina Carroll of Manning; and numerous cousins and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother Victoria Sanford-Hiatt; and great-grandparents: Max Sanford, Jack Lorenzen, and Marlys and Wilbur “Casey” Karsten.