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Max James Sanford

October 5, 2005 — December 18, 2020

Visitation will start at 10 AM Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at IKM-Manning School Gymnasium in Manning; Seating in the gym will not be at full capacity. The funeral will be livestreamed through the following link; ***Masks are required. Visitors need to social distance while waiting in line to greet the family. Visitors are asked to not gather in groups in the building. Seating will not be available during visitation. ***Ohde Funeral Home in Manning is in charge of arrangements.

Funeral Service
10:30 AM ~ Wednesday, December 23, 2020
IKM-Manning School Gymnasium, Manning, Iowa

Reverend Joel Sutton
Pastor, United Methodist Church, Manning, Iowa

Music Selections
"Jealous Of The Angels" by Donna Taggart
"Hold On To Memories" by Disturbed
"I Can Only Imagine" by MercyMe
"Time Of Your Life" by Green Day

Casket Bearers
Jack Sanford Jim Karsten Ben Lorenzen
John Lorenzen Chad Cheney Tim Ferneding
Jeremy Carroll Brady Ferneding

Honorary Casket Bearers
Ella Sanford Will Sanford
Taylor, Jayce and Kayden Ferneding
Maddi, Colby and Kennedy Cheney
Karsyn, Layton and Paisley Lorenzen
Briar and Brogan Lorenzen

Manning Cemetery, Manning, Iowa

Max James Sanford, son of Brett and Kasie (Lorenzen) Sanford, was born October 5, 2005 at the Manning Regional Healthcare Center in Manning, Iowa. He grew up in Manning and attended the IKM-Manning School District where he was currently a freshman.
Max will be remembered for his easy-coming infectious smile and his kind and gentle heart. A genuine and sincere son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend - a beloved role model to all. Max was a Student Council member in both Elementary School and Junior High; as well as a member of the Junior Honor Society. He was a bright and witty kid who excelled in all things he endeavored. Max was passionate about all sports and thrived in them all. Favorite teams of Max's included the Baltimore Ravens, Minnesota Gophers, Miami Marlins, and the L.A. Lakers. Conveniently and fittingly, mostly all rivals of his dad's favorite teams. Max was a devoted teammate and friend to many, and particularly enjoyed his friendships and memories made while playing for the Western Iowa Coyotes AAU Basketball team.
On Friday, December 18, 2020, Max passed away at MercyOne Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa, following a vehicle accident the previous evening. He was 15 years, 2 months and 13 days of age.
Max is survived by his parents: Brett and Kasie Sanford of Manning; siblings: Jack, Ella and Will, all at home; grandparents: Dan and Jan Lorenzen of Manning; a great-grandmother: Wava Lorenzen of Manning; aunts and uncles: Amy and Tim Ferneding of Manning, Andrea and Chad Cheney of Urbandale, John and Sarah Lorenzen of Manning, Ben and Ashley Lorenzen of Manning; Godparents: Jeremy and Gina Carroll of Manning; and by numerous cousins and other relatives and friends.
Max was preceded in death by his grandmother: Victoria Sanford-Hiatt; and great-grandparents: Max Sanford, Jack Lorenzen, and Marlys and Wilbur 'Casey' Karsten.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Tuesday, December 22, 2020

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

IKM-Manning High School Gymnasium in Manning

209 10th St, Manning, IA 51455

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

IKM-Manning High School Gymnasium in Manning

209 10th St, Manning, IA 51455

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