Max Eugene Bingman passed peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, November 26, 2017, at the age of 90. Born on February 4, 1927, in Pomeroy, Washington, to George and May Bingman, Max was raised on a farm outside Moscow and attended school in a one-room country schoolhouse. In 1945, he graduated from Moscow High School, was drafted into the Army, and reported for duty at Fort Lewis, Washington. He served two years during WWII, attaining the rank of Sergeant. While stationed at Ft. Hahn and later the Presidio in San Francisco, he was an orderly to the Surgeon General Unit, also known as the Hospital Train. He traveled across the country transporting and caring for sick and wounded service men and women from ships to area hospitals. Max was proud of the two years he served his country, and in 2011 he was honored to participate on a Veterans Inland Northwest Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. for a day of recognition and reflection.
While stationed at the Presidio, Max met the love of his life, Eleanor Strauss who was from the Territory of Hawaii (now the 50th State), at a company party. They were married on October 10, 1947, after he was honorably discharged from the Army, and Max drove his young bride to Moscow, Idaho, where they raised their family and spent the next 70 years together.
For the first two years of their marriage, Max farmed and worked at the University of Idaho Golf Course. He went on to work for Phillips Petroleum Company, C.M. Wilderman, and Moscow Radio Service, which he owned and operated until he retired. He later worked part time at Howard Hughes T.V. and Appliances until he fully retired.
Max was active in the U. S. Junior Chamber of Commerce where he held numerous local, state and national offices, including State President, National Chaplin, and National Director. He was always active in the community, serving as a Commander in the Moscow American Legion Post, the board of directors of the Lions Club, and the United Fund. He was a member of the Elks and the American Legion. At the age of 34, he was the youngest person, at the time, to be elected to the City Council where he served four years.
Max loved to travel. He enjoyed extended vacations with his family and numerous trips to Hawaii. He also liked to garden and always took great pride in his yard. He loved westerns and spending time with his family. He was a kind and gentle man, and his family was the cornerstone of his life.
Max is survived by Eleanor, his loving wife of 70 years; daughters Cathy Crowser of Los Angeles, California, and Connie Ricketts of Moscow; sons Randy Bingman (Carla) of Sherwood, Oregon, and Bob Bingman of Moscow; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. In addition, he is survived by his sister Erma Waddell of Port Hueneme, California; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Eldon Bingman.
The funeral service will be at Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, at 1:00 p.m., December 1, 2017. A graveside service will follow at the Moscow Cemetery. The family suggest memorial be made to the American Cancer Society or Inland NW Honor Flight at www. inwhonorflight.org