Max Harsha, 85, of Cliff, NM passed away on Friday, March 16, 2018.

Max Harsha, 85, of Cliff, NM passed away on Friday, March 16, 2018. A visitation will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. at the Baxter Congregational United Church of Christ in Baxter, Iowa. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 a.m. immediately following visitation, Pastor Melissa Sternhagen will officiate. Burial will follow at the Restland Cemetery in Baxter, Iowa.

Max was born on July 24, 1932 in Baxter, Iowa to Blaine and Edith (Munn) Harsha. As a young man Max's grandfather Roy Harsha had a great influence on raising Max to be the man he became. Max attended school in Baxter and graduated with the class of 1950. After high school Max went to the University of Iowa where he earned his degree. Then Max joined the Army where he served in the Korean Conflict. While serving his country Max was awarded 2 purple hearts from the injuries he sustained. Once returning home from the service he moved to Missouri a few years after marrying Marilyn Livengood. The couple had 8 children and called Missouri their home. In 1974 Marilyn passed away, Max later married Patricia Kramer and eventually Maria Payan. The places Max has lived are Baxter, IA, Newton, IA, Queen City, MO, Livonia, MO, the Grand Canyon area, AR, before spending the last 25 years or so in Cliff, NM. He was a very active man who lived life to the fullest. Max started out selling tires for Montgomery Ward in Newton, Ia & then transferred to the Kirksville, Mo. store. Eventually he ran the Mulemanharsha business making pack saddles, bits, and other various items. He raised and trained mules to jump fences, raised long horn cattle, raised hunting dogs, trained horses, had numerous mule shows at his ranch in Queen City, MO. Max was even featured in the National Geographic Magazine for his mule skills. He was an avid hunter and hunted everything from mountain lions, to moose, and also served as a judge for various contests including some in Canada. He was also an avid writer and besides writing two books - one being the Mule Skinner Bible also wrote articles in some national magazines - National Full Cry Magazine, Western Horseman, and Mules & More Magazine. Max also was a Grand Canyon Tour Guide and provided horses,mules,and wagons for commercials in the New Mexico area. He also worked some on a movie set - The Alamo a few years back. He was a member of the Lions Club of America; American Coon Hunters Association; Boy Scouts of America Leader, the American Mule Association & previous member of the Lancaster Baptist Church.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Maria Payan; brother Mike (Carol) Harsha of Sherwood, AR; sisters in law Marilyn Harsha of Baxter, Ia & Mary Lee Harsha of Kellogg, IA; children Deborah Schroer of Jefferson City, MO, Rhonda Steen of Lancaster, MO, Bonnie Mackerman of Newton, IA, Kimberly (DeWayne) Dabney of Kaufman, TX, Tamela Harsha of Enid, OK, Justin Harsha of Grand Prairie, TX, Travis (Marta) Harsha of Navarre, FL, and Tracie (Bob) Johnson of Altoona, IA; grandchildren Cole (Melissa) Steen, Jessica (Matthew) Brewer, Tad Steen, Travis (Crystal) McLemore, Collin Johnson, Meredith (Patrick) Curry, Gina Conner, Aidan Harsha, and Austin Harsha; great-grandchildren Reagan and Jarrett Brewer, Jack and Irene Curry, William Carter Steen, and Devin Murphy; special friends Lori Polanco of Gila, NM, and Mark Roebuck of Comanche, OK; many nieces, nephews, and close friends.

Max was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, twin brother and sister who died at infancy, brothers Jim, Gale, and Billy Harsha.