The trumpet of the Lord sounded during the breaking morning of April 26, 2012, eternal, bright, and fair, it being time to further enjoy the Lordâ€™s ultimate gift of salvation, Max Eugene Hile, 84 answered the roll called up yonder.
He shone like the sun when he spoke of each of his children and his love of the Lord.
â€śAnd he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.â€ť â€” Rev 21: 6-7 (KJV)
Born on July 22, 1927 in South Whitley, Indiana, he met the love of his life Jacqueline Lou Ramsey on a blind date at Winona Lake.
The couple was married on November 15, 1947 and resided in Columbia City for 60 years. He actively traveled our nation sea to sea with his family pursuing interests in racing, outdoor sport, treasure hunting, and collecting, both before and after, he retired from Dana, Fort Wayne, with 30 years of service. As a private entrepreneur, he operated Hileâ€™s Auto Parts, Hileâ€™s Camper Sales, and Hileâ€™s Sales and he was known in collecting circles as â€śMax the Knife.â€ť
He served with the Merchant Marines and his memberships included Tri-Lakes Baptist Church, a variety of horse and auto race clubs, trap shooting clubs, as well as, the former Tri-Lakes Racing Association.
As a race driver, he set a world speed record for modified midgets on 1/10th mile asphalt and as a race mechanic, he was a pit crewmember in the Indianapolis 500 for years 1972 & 1973. Survivors include daughter and vigilant caregiver; Delle (Calvin) Miller of Tri-Lakes, daughters Karen (Curt) Hanlen of New Mexico, Sharon (Ron) Rehling of Cromwell, Debbie Hile and life partner Rorie Alter of Arizona, Gina Ramsey and fiance Tom Garrity of Churubusco, son; Bruce Eugene (Winnie) Hile of Columbia City, grandchildren; Erica (Steve) Screeton, Stephanie Martinez, Marla Martinez, Ryan Hile, and caregivers; Marcia Carter and Tina Brewster.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Ruth (Enyeart) Hile; beloved wife, Jacqueline â€śJackieâ€ť Hile, grandson; Tad Schaefer Hile; niece, Linda Sue Ousley; and sole sibling Ronald Hugh Hile. Resting at Adams Cemetery, Columbia City, contributions may be sent in memory of Max to P.O. Box 1511, Peralta, NM, 87042-1511 for memorial sponsorship of a local stock car feature race.
An announcement for a service celebrating his life to be held this summer will be published.