Max William Cartmill, 95, of Ottawa, Kansas, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Rock Creek of Ottawa.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, May 23, 2019, at Dengel & Son Mortuary. Family will meet with friends from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at the mortuary. Interment Highland Cemetery, Ottawa. The family suggests memorial contributions to Trinity United Methodist Church or the Franklin County 4-H Development Fund c/o Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory, Ottawa, Kansas 66067. Family and friends are encouraged to post their condolences and memories on Max’s Tribute Wall at

Max was born on Nov. 24, 1923, in Franklin County. He was the son of William and Frances (Keithline) Cartmill. He was a lifetime resident of Franklin County. Max went to rural grade schools and graduated from Ottawa High School in 1941.

He married Vada (Welton) Cartmill on May 16, 1948, at Ruhamah Baptist Church. They spent all of their 71 years of marriage in Ottawa, Kansas. Max and Vada were the parents of three children; Larry, Marie and Jill. They were the joy of his life.

Max retired from Hallmark Cards after 20 years in January 1986. Before that, he worked at Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Goodyear and the Ottawa Co-op. Max was an involved member of Trinity United Methodist Church for 70 years where he served as a Boy Scout leader and on many local, district and conference church committees.

While their children were at home, he and Vada were very involved in the 4-H program of Franklin County, being project leaders in many capacities. One of Max’s greatest accomplishments was helping the 4-H youth with their rabbit, poultry and pigeon projects around the state. For many years, he enjoyed being a 4-H fair judge of those projects. He was devastated when vision loss prevented him from being able to continue judging.

He is survived by his wife, Vada, Ottawa; daughter, Marie and husband, Lyman Adams, Hillsboro; daughter, Jill and husband, Ron Anderson, Lawrence; daughter-in-law, Nancy Cartmill, Harrisonville, Missouri; sister, May Gorton, Baldwin City; brother-in-law, George Stewart, Lawrence; and sister-in-law, Carol Welton, Ottawa. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Larry Cartmill (March 2019); sister, Donna Stewart; and brother-in-law, Max Gorton.

Max was unique and remarkable in many ways, but his true legacy was his love of the Lord, his wife and his family.