2011-12-17 / Obituaries

Max Eugene Beougher

Max Eugene Beougher, aka “Coach”, 75, of Carroll, passed away December 10, 2011, surrounded by family and friends. Today, we rejoice in the knowledge that he has passed the barrier of time as we know it and is forever at home.

Max was born July 9, 1936, in Rockbridge, to the late Bill and Helen (Primmer) Beougher. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Lancaster- Max is survived by his loving and caring wife of 54 years, Harriet (Webb); his daughter, Beth Ann (David) Green of Peachtree City, GA; remembered and loved by his grandchildren, Emily, Christopher, Nicholas, Kaitlyn and Connor Max; great grandchildren, Kylie and Landon; sister, Julia (Brent) McGarvey; former daughter-in-law, Heidi (Brian) Poling and former son-in-law, Jerry Schone; sisters-in-law, Patty Householder, Leona Berry and Jean Poling; brother-in-law, Dick (Karen) Webb and his brotherin law and lifetime friend, Bob Poling; many nieces and nephews; special friends, Ron Ramey, Arnie Gabriel and former students and All American athletes, Rick Hawkins and John Jamerson.

Max was preceded in death by his beloved son of 24 years, Brett Allan Beougher; his parents; sister in-law, JoAnn Hyatt; brothersin law, George Hyatt and Junior Householder; and in-laws, Jennie & Cloyd Householder.

Max was a 1954 graduate of Rockbridge High School, received his BA in Education from Ohio University and his master’s degree from Xavier University. He was a teacher, principal and coach for more than 35 years. He started his teaching career at the Boys Industrial School and in 1961 was hired at Liberty- Union and taught Biology BSCS, General Science and Physical Education; an OWA coordinator, the audio-visual director, and was the Middle School Principal until he retired in 1990, whereby he established a standard for excellence in education that continues today. Max was the varsity football coach for four years and prior to that was the junior high, freshmen and assistant football coach, the junior high and freshman basketball coach and varsity track coach. Max’s commitment to Liberty Union was rock-solid and in his honor, in the fall of October 2004, they dedicated the “Bear Crawl Boulder” and the junior high track relays were renamed “The Max Beougher Middle School Relays.” His grandchildren would say, “Once a teacher, always a teacher,” and that was their Papa Max. He was not only a teacher to them, but to all the children in his neighborhood on Sterling Drive. His love for sports, biology and children was evident in all his life accomplishments.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 163 East Wheeling Street, Lancaster. Family and friends are invited to gather and visit one hour prior to the service in the church parlor, and after the service an open invitation is extended by the family and Rick and Karen Hawkins at Rick’s home on the corner of routes 158 and 204. A private interment will take place at Floral Hills Memory Gardens.

It is the wish of the family that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to The Brett Beougher Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Harriet Beougher, 2840 Sterling Drive, Carroll, OH 43112, or The First United Methodist Church Crossroads Building Fund, 163 East Wheeling Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130.

Max’s family would like to thank The Pickering House, Fairhope Hospice, Dr. Meliotes and staff, Alternacare, Home Instead Senior Care, and their many family and friends for their love and support during the days of his declining health.

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