Max E. Ireland was born January 8, 1912 in rural Malvern, the son of Aden and Ethel (Antrim) Ireland. Growing up, he attended grade school in Malvern where he later graduated from Malvern High School in 1929. Following high school graduation, he worked for three years before attending Creighton University from 1932-34 where he majored in Pharmacy. Max took the state boards and became a registered pharmacist on June 7, 1934.
On September 30, 1934, Max was united in marriage to Helen Louise Marshall in Malvern. Together, they were blessed with three children: Lois, Linda, and Douglas.
In 1940, Max and Helen moved to Storm Lake where he began working for Rickman Drug. He bought the store in 1947 and named it Ireland Rexall Drug. Max owned and operated the store until he retired in 1977. As a pharmacist, he was the recipient of the Bowl of Hygenia Award in 1965. Max was proud to have mentored many young pharmacy students throughout his career.
Max was a member of the United Methodist Church in Storm Lake where he taught Sunday school and was on many church boards and committees.
Max was very involved in the community where he served as a member of the Chamber of Commerce, HyNoon Kiwanis, Order of Eastern Star, Masonic Lodge and as a Boy Scout Leader. Max also served on the school board for nine years, was a member of the Buena Vista Historical Society, Izaak Walton League, United Commercial Travelers and the Iowa Pharmaceutical Association.
Helen passed away on July 28, 1988, in Storm Lake. At a 50th class reunion in Adair, Max was an honored guest, where he met Margaret DeFore. They were married on March 8, 1990 at the Witter Chapel of the United Methodist Church in Storm Lake.
In his spare time, Max enjoyed genealogy research, furniture refinishing, as well as hunting and fishing. He loved playing bridge with family and friends and was a member of the Gourmet Club. Max treasured spending time with his family and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Margaret Ireland of Storm Lake; children: Lois (Philip) Miller of Waterloo; Linda (James) Anderson of Boone; Douglas (Phyllis) Ireland of West Des Moines; grandchildren: Teresa (Blaine) Martin of LeMars; Timothy Anderson of Boone; Cynthia Anderson of Boone; Michelle (Gary) Burns of Chicago, Ill.; Jeffrey Ireland of Charlotte, N.C.; Juli (Steve) Agan of Peru; Jessica Ireland of West Des Moines; great grandchildren: Christine Hagerty; Lindsay Martin; Madeline Hagerty; Madison Martin; Colton Anderson; Chase Anderson; Paityn Anderson; Kaelan Ireland; Kaleigh Ireland; step son, John DeFore; many nieces; nephews; cousins; extended family and friends.
Max was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Helen; sisters and spouses: Helen (Clarence) Frink; Doris (Joe) Reddout; and several nephews.