Max Cartwright

Max Cartwright Max D. Cartwright, 65, of Moline, passed away on Monday, June 22, 2015, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf.

Max will have cremation services arranged by Wendt Funeral Home in Moline. A funeral is set for Saturday, June 27, at noon, at Bethel Wesley United Methodist Church, 1201 13th St. in Moline. There will be a two-hour visitation from 10 a.m. until time of service, a luncheon will follow the services.

Max was born in Rock Island, on June 20, 1950, to J. Max and Florence Price Cartwright. He graduated from Moline High School in 1968 and from the University of Illinois in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science in history. He received his Juris Doctor in Law from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, in 1976. In 1973, he married his beautiful wife, Karen Greer, who survives.

Max had a long and varied legal career. He was the judicial law clerk for the Honorable Charles A. Jones for 3-1/2 years in Mount Vernon, Ill., at the 5th District Appellate Court. He returned home to Moline and was in private trial and office practice for 16 years. Then, in 1996, he was hired by Marshall Douglas as an assistant states attorney. He continued in that position until his retirement on June 20, 2015.

He was active in the United Methodist church and other organizations, including Lutheran Social Services and Child Abuse Prevention, and was its president for several years. Max's passions included live music, especially the Grateful Dead, whom he saw annually from 1969 to 1995. He enjoyed literary fiction, hiking outdoors, especially the Shawnee Forest and the western U.S. His favorite writers included Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Stone, Jim Harrison and Peter Mathiesson.

Survivors include his wife, Karen; his two sons, Jacob Cartwright, New York City, and Neal Cartwright, Moline, born in 1977 and 1981 respectively; his sister, Bonnie Vols, Moline; his sister-in-law, Pat (Dave) Gustafson, Moline; several nieces and nephews; and his Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Annie.

Memorials may be made in Max's name to Bethel Wesley United Methodist Church or the Rock Island County Animal Care and Control.

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