Max Mortland Obituary

Service Information

 
In Memory of

Dr. Max Merle Mortland

March 30, 1923 - July 29, 2013
Obituary

Dr. Max Merle Mortland (Professor Emeritus) East Lansing Dr. Max Mortland passed away peacefully Saturday, June 29th at the age of 90 in Lansing, Michigan. He was born on a farm in Streator, Illinois to Merle and Mildred on March 30, 1923 and was preceded in death by his older brother Robert John Mortland and younger sister Lois Arnold. During World War II he served in the US Navy in the Pacific Theatre. After the war, Max returned to the University of Illinois where he earned a Ph.D. in Soil Chemistry. After graduating he joined the University of Wyoming as an Assistant Professor. In 1953 he joined the faculty of Michigan State...
Dr. Max Merle Mortland (Professor Emeritus)
East Lansing

Dr. Max Mortland passed away peacefully Saturday, June 29th at the age of 90 in Lansing, Michigan. He was born on a farm in Streator, Illinois to Merle and Mildred on March 30, 1923 and was preceded in death by his older brother Robert John Mortland and younger sister Lois Arnold. During World War II he served in the US Navy in the Pacific Theatre.

After the war, Max returned to the University of Illinois where he earned a Ph.D. in Soil Chemistry. After graduating he joined the University of Wyoming as an Assistant Professor. In 1953 he joined the faculty of Michigan State University where he held the title of Professor of Soil Science and Geology for some thirty years.

Max was always active. Being an avid outdoorsman enjoying the natural beauty of Michigan where he would fish, hunt, canoe and camp with friends and family as often as he could. He also enjoyed the music of the human voice and sang with the Renaissance singers, East Lansing Arts Chorale and the choir at his beloved Unitarian-Universalist Church in East Lansing, MI, as well as playing tennis several times a week right up to his 89th birthday.

Max leaves behind his devoted and loving wife Betty, his daughters Janice, Priscilla and Cynthia; son Jamie and grand children, Stefan and Kelsey. He now embarks on a new journey made confident in this, we trust, with his knowledge of the tremendous help and care he gave to each who had the opportunity to know him.

A service honoring Max's life will be held at the Unitarian-Universalist Church, 855 Grove, East Lansing, Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Those wishing may make contributions to the Hospice House of Mid-Michigan, P. O. Box 30480, Lansing, MI 48909-9986.

The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing. On line condolences may be made at: www.greastlansing.com

Guest Book

The Guest Book for Dr. Max Merle Mortland is no longer available online.

If you would like to reopen this Guest Book allowing further messages from loved ones, click here.


More Obituaries

Lansing State Journal
Dr. Max Merle Mortland (Professor Emeritus) East Lansing Dr. Max Mortland passed away peacefully Saturday, June 29th at the age of 90 in Lansing,...

Read obituary at Lansing State Journal.

Personalize Your Tribute

Share photos, videos and more with Legacy Memorial Websites. Find out more.

 
Start Planning Today

Make Your Plan Today

Preplanning your funeral or cemetery arrangements gives you and your loved ones peace of mind. Don't wait. Make your plan online today.
Plan Online Now