Richard 'Max' Fagan


FINDLAY -- Richard M. "Max" Fagan, Sr., 78, of rural Findlay, passed away at 2:38 p.m. on Saturday, December 21, 2013, at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

He was born on March 22, 1935, to the late Matthew and Minta N. (Workman) Fagan in Findlay. He married Arvilla J. Deitrick on June 5, 1956, and she survives.

Max is also survived by his sons, Richard Max Fagan, Jr. of Arlington and Carl (Linda) Fagan of Leipsic; daughter, Beth (Jerry) Rodenberger of Williamstown; brother, Virgil "Bud" Fagan Sr. of Findlay; twin sister, D. Maxine Billingsley of Marysville and sister, Glenna Collene Rodabaugh; grandchildren, Justin, Tobe, Jacob, Elicia, Conrad, and Rae; and one great-grandson, Levi.

Max was also preceded in death by his brothers, Vaynard, Harold, and Matthew Edwin Fagan; and sisters, Doris Spence and Freda Fagan.

Max was a 1955 graduate of Findlay High School. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Navy. He worked for and retired from Cooper Tire and Rubber Company as a supervisor after 31 years of service.

Max loved to share God's word through prison ministries, Promise Keepers, and the City Mission. He was a Boy Scout/Cub Scout leader and loved camping, traveling and playing games with his grandchildren. He was a former member of Community Bible Church, Williamstown, where he served as a deacon and participated in the Awana Ministries for 10 years. Max was also involved with the Gideons and was a member of Bible Fellowship Church, Arlington.

Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, December 26, 2013, at Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, Findlay. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 27, 2013, at Bible Fellowship Church, Arlington, where visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Pastor Jerry Kellogg will officiate and burial will follow in Knollcrest Cemetery, east of Findlay, where full military rites will be conducted by the Hancock County Veterans Memorial Squad.

Memorials may be made to the Findlay City Mission, Gideons International, and/or Bible Fellowship Church. Online condolences may be made via

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