Max Melvin Karo Jr., 72, of O'Neill died Wednesday, July 8, 2020.

A celebration of Max's life will be held frp, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020 at the city park in Stuart.

Memorials may be made to the family for future designation.

Max was born to Max Karo Sr. and Luella (Hamilton) Karo on Sept. 15, 1947 in Bassett. He attended grade school in a one-room country schoolhouse at District 225. He graduated as salutatorian from Atkinson High School in 1965.  

He then attended and graduated in 1969 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in agricultural education and economics.  

Max was married to Peggy Baker on June 14, 1969 in Nebraska City. From this union two children were born Kandy Kristine and Kitty Kyette, who attended the same one-room schoolhouse their dad attended.  

After one year of teaching agricultural education in Ainsworth, Max made his home with Peggy on a ranch southwest of Stuart for 25 years.  

Max spent his ranch years putting up hay in the summer, making sure cattle had plenty of hay in the winter, raising calves in the spring and fall and riding his Suzuki 400 or his favorite horse Blackie.  

He held several fond memories of his neighbors, and those memories helped shape his later years.  

They moved from the ranch and Max sold insurance for GE and later delivered recreational trailers for TrailCo, owned by Bob and Jeanne Hansen from Butte. Max enjoyed his trips around the country, seeing several states and driving along Route 66 on several occasions.

Max enjoyed visiting with his family and friends, racing go-carts and snowmobiles and watching Husker football and volleyball. He won several state titles during his racing days and later loved to watch and support his children and grandchildren, competing in whatever activities they chose. 

He particularly enjoyed cars. His first car was a red 1965 Pontiac GTO and he passed on to his family a red 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 and a 1983 DeLorean. 

Max valued education and took pride in his constant pursuit of knowledge as, “That’s the one thing you will always have.” 

He was a fast friend with nearly everyone he met on his many journeys and was quick to make sure everyone felt welcome. His pride and joy was always his family. He cherished his wife above all. He loved to attend his children’s and grandchildren’s events and made sure they all knew how much they meant to him.

Max is survived by his wife Peggy Karo of O’Neill; two daughters Kandy Weigel (significant other Troy Wedige) of Fort Calhoun and Kat (Calvin - whom Max thought of as a son) of Stuart; four grandchildren Bailey Weigel (21) of Boone, Iowa, Peyton Alder (20) of Lincoln, Maddux Alder (12) and Zoe Alder (7), both of Stuart; one sister Pat Karo and two nephews Matt (Jessica) Karo of Stuart and Mike (Stephanie) Karo of Stuart; one sister-in-law Judy (Patrick) Donahue of Warsaw, MO; two brothers-in-law Tim (Chris) Baker of Michigantown, IN and Kurt  (Monique) Baker of Whispering Pines, NC; and one sister-in-law Becky Baker of Kansas City, KS. 

He was preceded in death by his parents Max Sr. and Luella and his parents-in-law Jack and Margaret Baker.          

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