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“Mary and kids, soooo sorry for your loss, I really suck at dealing with these things, so I apologize for being soooo late. But u all have been in my...Read More »
1 of 46 | Posted by: Jenny Wood Thomas - AMES, IA

“Mary and kids, soooo sorry for your loss, I really suck at dealing with these things, so I apologize for being soooo late. But u all have been in my...Read More »
2 of 46 | Posted by: Jenny Wood Thomas - AMES, IA

“Dear Poe Family, I am so sorry for your loss. With the recent loss of my mom I know exactly what you are going through. In time we will heal by the...Read More »
3 of 46 | Posted by: Kim (Moore) Mitchell - IA

“Mary and family, Mr. Poe was one of the best teachers I ever had. I have several fun memories of him while we were driving around in that station...Read More »
4 of 46 | Posted by: Doug Dickinson - Creston, IA

“Mr. Poe was always such a gentle, patient teacher with a great sense of humor. What an incredible impression he made on generations of Woodbine...Read More »
5 of 46 | Posted by: Caroline (Coret) Walsh

“We send our love, prayers & hugs to Mary & family. Max made our world a more beautiful place with his voice and personality. Sorry we are unable to...Read More »
6 of 46 | Posted by: Imy Kelley - Sun City, AZ

“SO very Sorry to The Entire Family Max Was Great ”
7 of 46 | Posted by: Patty & Tom Niedermyer - IA

“Mr. Poe was a great Teacher. I am so glad he was one of my best Teachers I had. ”
8 of 46 | Posted by: Peggy Coontz Ziemer - Lodi, CA

“Max was such a good friend - working with him at the Woodbine School and having coffee with him and Mary at Casey's. He sang at my son Mike's and my...Read More »
9 of 46 | Posted by: Corlys Mullenix - West Jordan, UT

“Mary, Barry, Kim, Jill and families, I'm so sorry to hear of Max's passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers through this difficult time....Read More »
10 of 46 | Posted by: Amy Roed Sarchet - Cherokee, IA

“Max Poe Family: Our thoughts and prayers go out to you folks in this time of sorrow. Love ya.. Jerry & Carol ”
11 of 46 | Posted by: Jerry & Carol Foutch - Neola, IA

“Mary and Family, We moved to Woodine when I was in Junior High and Max was perhaps one of my best teachers while growing up in Woodbine. Max he...Read More »
12 of 46 | Posted by: Kelly Andersen - Bellevue, NE

“Mary and family, Max was a good friend and a great person. We will remember him with a smile on our face and a tear in our eyes. Friendships...Read More »
13 of 46 | Posted by: Linda and Chuck Witte - Wheatland, WY

“Poe Family- Sending my condolenses to your family. Mr. Poe was a great teacher. I recall Social Studies in Jr. High and also teaching me how to...Read More »
14 of 46 | Posted by: Sharon (Weis) Buss - IA

“When I started teaching at Woodbine Max took me under his wing and help me get started. He also became a good friend and I enjoyed our sessions in...Read More »
15 of 46 | Posted by: Richard Caldwell - Sioux Citiy, IA

“OUR PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU. CALVIN LEADERS FAMILY ”
16 of 46 | Posted by: CONNIE LEADERS-JETTER - ANKENY, IA

“I just listened again to the youtube video of Max singing "The Lord's Prayer". Prayers to you, Mary, and family. ”
17 of 46 | Posted by: Janice (Detwiler) Kimball - NC

“Tom has many fond memories of spending time in Woodbine with the Poe family. Our family wishes you many blessings in the memory of Max that will live...Read More »
18 of 46 | Posted by: Tom & Becky Poe Family - IA

“God Bless you Max, we know you will be miss so by ALL . I rememtber the frist time i met wasmy orintation day I walked to your room wi th Meg to...Read More »
19 of 46 | Posted by: marilyn and scott nelson - clovis, NM

“"We the people... in order to form a more perfect union" Yes, I do remember the preamble. I also remember the day I had to recite it. Sitting in the...Read More »
20 of 46 | Posted by: Brian Bloom - Memphis, TN

“Barry and family, Our sympathies to you all. It's hard losing someone you love so much. Hang in there. Dick and Gloria ”
21 of 46 | Posted by: Dick and Gloria Champ - IA

“I'm so sorry to hear of your loss! It's always hard to lose a parent! My thoughts and prayers are coming your way! ”
22 of 46 | Posted by: Ellen Morris - Bagley, IA

“So sorry to hear about your loss. Mr. Poe was the best Social Studies teacher ever !! ”
23 of 46 | Posted by: Robin Hammitt - Carter Lake, IA

“Sending my thoughts, prayers, and love to the family of one of my favorite teachers growing up. Mr. Poe was loved by all, and will truly be missed...Read More »
24 of 46 | Posted by: Amanda Seda - Woodbine, IA

“Mary , Barry, Kim and Jill- I don't know where to start to tell you all how much I appreciated Max. There are so many memories and aren't you all...Read More »
25 of 46 | Posted by: Donna Barry - Council Bluffs, IA

“Mary and family, Max was a special person to so many people and will be missed by all who knew him.My prayers are for you all. Rita Johansen...Read More »
26 of 46 | Posted by: Rita Johansen Mooney - Seymour, TX

“Mary & family -How grateful I am to have had Max for my friend for these many years. A more loyal friend, I could not have asked for. The Poe family...Read More »
27 of 46 | Posted by: Bill & Diana Hutcheson - IA

“Mary, we are so sorry. We'll see you Wednesday...We love you! HUGS! Hang onto His hand, Mary. He will provide comfort and love... ”
28 of 46 | Posted by: Larry and Ruby - Ft. Dodge, IA

“Max was just a wonderful person all the way around. His teaching, coaching, and singing will be remembered by anyone who was ever associated with...Read More »
29 of 46 | Posted by: Wendal and Ronna Speake - Hampton, IA

“Mary, Jill, & Family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. He was such a great teacher. He will be greatly missed! On a lighter note, Mr. Poe...Read More »
30 of 46 | Posted by: Gregory Brunow - Mondamin, IA

“I will always remember Max for telling me how much he enjoyed my broyher Bill,s help at different events.. Sorry to say but he is with the rest of...Read More »
31 of 46 | Posted by: Alan/Judy Whitore - Muscatine , IA

“Mary & all, No words to describe the loss of such a great man...so wish I could be there to give you all many hugs..MUCH LOVE, Carol ”
32 of 46 | Posted by: Carol Reynolds - West Jordan, UT

“Max and I had a standing joke about his writing. He even told Connie Swift it was a joke between us and not to scold me about it. ”
33 of 46 | Posted by: Verva Thiles - Woodbine, IA

“Jill, so sorry to hear about ur Dad. We will remember your family and ur Mom in our prayers. Bill remembered talking with ur Dad at a graduation . ...Read More »
34 of 46 | Posted by: Bill and Ruth Elbert - Ankeny, IA

“As a first year teacher, Max was my knight in shining armor many a time as I had not a clue how to coach Jr. High basketball or track. Max was such...Read More »
35 of 46 | Posted by: Cheryl Lindly - Omaha

“Dear Mary, Barry, Kim, & Jill, & families, You all are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We know God's Peace and Grace shall...Read More »
36 of 46 | Posted by: Ralph & Jeanelle Barry - Pharr, , TX

“My thoughts and prayers are with Mary and the family. I knew Max from when I worked in the Nursing Home and my grandma Hazel. Miss you Max. ”
37 of 46 | Posted by: Christa Kendall - Woodbine, IA

“Thinking of your family and the loss of Max. We will always be honored that he sang at our wedding - a very special man & family. Our thoughts are...Read More »
38 of 46 | Posted by: kay wielinski - Charles City, IA

“Mary and family so sorry to hear of Max's passing. Such good memories of card party's and the laughter and visit's with both of you. Having to tell...Read More »
39 of 46 | Posted by: Dick & Barb Hanny - IA - Friends

“Mary, Barry, Kim and Jill and your families. I am so sorry to hear of max's passing and regret that I don't get back to Woodbine often. Max always...Read More »
40 of 46 | Posted by: Susan Hickey Donovan - Baltimore, MD

“What a fabulous and NATURAL picture of Max! This is always how we will remember him - smiling, chuckling and lifting everyone's spirits just by...Read More »
41 of 46 | Posted by: Steve, Georgene and family - IA

“Dear Mary and Family, We were so sorry to hear Max had passed away, but we know that he is resting well now. We're sure he and Dad are singing...Read More »
42 of 46 | Posted by: Jackie Hood Bruner - Prairie Home, MO

“Mary and family, our sympathy for your loss. Max's friendliness will be missed by all. Melvin and Judy ”
43 of 46 | Posted by: Melvin Ronk

“Mary, Barry, Kim, Jill & Families, I am so very sorry for your loss. When I think of Woodbine and I think of Woodbine Schools, one person I think...Read More »
44 of 46 | Posted by: Roxanne Cumings - Ankeny, IA

“I will always remember Max's wonderful solos at church, and his performances with the Noteables group. He will always be fondly remembered by his...Read More »
45 of 46 | Posted by: Jana Taylor - Omaha, NE - Friend

“Mary, Barry, Kim and Jill: So very sorry to hear of Max's passing. I will always remember all the family events we had together in past years. We...Read More »
46 of 46 | Posted by: Shirley Winkler - Omaha, NE


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Norman Max Poe was born February 11, 1936, to Lyle and Mabel (Maxwell) Poe in Woodbine, Iowa. He graduated from Woodbine High School in 1953 and Wayne State College in 1958. Max married Mary Belle Boustead on August 25, 1956, in Woodbine. After college, he taught two years in the Cumberland-Massena school system before the couple returned to their hometown of Woodbine, where Max taught junior high social studies, driver's education and coached junior high football, boys basketball and boys track. He taught for 40 years, retiring in 1999. An accomplished singer, Max was a charter member of his beloved Noteables and sang at countless weddings and funerals. He loved to fish, watch sports (and give his son a hard time about the Cubs and Nebraska), woodworking, drinking coffee (he made many trips to Casey's with his family and grandchildren) and lounging on the front porch with his friends.

Max was a member of the Woodbine United Methodist Church and past president of the local Kiwanis Club. He also served as a volunteer fireman for 20 years. After retirement, he loved to volunteer to deliver meals for the Golden Age Center and help with the sing-a-longs at Rose Vista.

Max died on Friday, January 4, 2013, at the Rose Vista Nursing Home in Woodbine at the age of 76 years, 10 months and 24 days.

Max was preceded in death by his parents and older brother, Bud. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Poe of Woodbine, IA; three children, Barry Poe of Brunsville, IA, Kim (Tom) Braun of Jefferson, IA, Jill (Hal) Haight of Ankeny, IA; five grandchildren Laura Poe, Danny Poe, Allie Haight, Haley Haight and Landon Braun; three sisters Sharon Hodges and Marlys Abbott of West Des Moines, IA and Jeanne Beeghley of Dubuque, IA; and many other relatives and friends.