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“My dad and mom were friends of Max from the Purdue years and beyond. Max had attended my dads funeral several years ago and I know my dad would have...Read More »
1 of 24 | Posted by: Nancy Pequignot Schmidt - AZ

“I met Max when I starting getting into family history. My mother in law Marilyn Shambaugh told me about him and we planned a trip to Ft. Wayne to ...Read More »
2 of 24 | Posted by: Sherri Shambaugh - Nashville, TN

“Silvia, I am so very sorry for the loss of your husband. I read the obituary - my, what an accomplished man. Please accept my heartfelt sympathies...Read More »
3 of 24 | Posted by: Sandy Stuart DuBrock - NM

“As a department manager for the Shambaugh & Son contracting business, I enjoyed over 25 years of the greatest relationship with management that any...Read More »
4 of 24 | Posted by: Austin A. Hill and Mary T. Hill - TX

“I so appreciated Mr. Shambaugh allowing me to interview him for my book, WWII Legacies: Stories of Northeast IN Veterans. He had a dramatic story of...Read More »
5 of 24 | Posted by: Kayleen Reusser - BLUFFTON, IN

“We know Max through our dear friend Becky, his daughter. She tells great stories of growing up on the family farm and learning about business,...Read More »
6 of 24 | Posted by: Cindy and Doug Ingram - McLean, VA

“Sylvia and Mark, I was sorry to read about the death of Max. He sure did a great job in Fort Wayne and in the Air Force. I'll keep you and your...Read More »
7 of 24 | Posted by: Edward Dahm - Fort Wayne, IN

“I first met Max in Denmark when he visited my family, I was just a teenager. I had no idea at that moment what an influence he (and his family)...Read More »
8 of 24 | Posted by: Morten Pedersen - Cleveland, OH

“I worked for Mark and Max from 2000-2011 and have too many funny stories and fond memories of Max to type here. Max, thank you for being you! You...Read More »
9 of 24 | Posted by: Cindy Bertoli

“Sorry for your loss. Mr. Shambaugh was a great man. He will truly be missed.We little knew that morning God was to call your name. In life we loved...Read More »
10 of 24 | Posted by: Willie Stevenson - Fort Wayne, IN

“I am so sorry to hear about Max's passing. I worked for Max and Mark at Shambaugh & Son from 1984 to 1996 when I left Fort Wayne. He was one of the...Read More »
11 of 24 | Posted by: Beth Cooper - Wausau, WI

“My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. Max was one of a kind, he touched many lives. I hope the memory of his impact...Read More »
12 of 24 | Posted by: Stu Laubensteintein - Atlanta, GA

“Many wonderful memories with Max during my 17 years at Shambaugh & Son. Rest in peace, Max, you are and will be remembered. Ed ”
13 of 24 | Posted by: Ed Schauble - Sun Lakes, AZ

“Sorry to hear of Max's passing. He made a huge impact on the Fort Wayne community over the years. Shambaugh and Son's is know all over the country...Read More »
14 of 24 | Posted by: Kim Hill - Churubusco, IN

“Liebe Mechthild liebe Familie Shambough, auch wie hier in Deutschland sind sehr traurig über den Tot von Max, er war uns immer ein toller...Read More »
15 of 24 | Posted by: Winfried und Martina Schütze

“I worked for Max from 1977 to 1987. What a special man and employer he was. He was so very kind to me. My special memory is of the times when we...Read More »
16 of 24 | Posted by: Deb Clark - Columbia City, IN

“I grew up hearing about Max from my uncle, Jerry Kunkel who worked for many years with Max. He said nothing but good things about him. Then later on...Read More »
17 of 24 | Posted by: Maureen & Don Gentry - Fort Wayne, IN

“We are so sorry for you loss. ”
18 of 24 | Posted by: brenda d wiles - bluffton, IN

“Thank you max and I hope I speak for a lot of people and families we owe you everything THANKS for giving many families the lives they have Adam...Read More »
19 of 24 | Posted by: Adam clemons - ft wayne, IN

“Our deepest condolences to Mark, Becky, Cindy, Mary Lou, and the entire Shambaugh family. We had some great times together - your father was a great...Read More »
20 of 24 | Posted by: Kim & Tom Tharp - Valparaiso, IN

“The first time I met Max was in July, 1968, my first day working at Shambaugh & Son after my return from Vietnam. He told me, "Young man, if you...Read More »
21 of 24 | Posted by: Patrick Poinsett - Fort Wayne, IN

“To my dear friend Cindy. I am so sorry for your loss of your dad. He was an awesome dad friend. I have so many fond memories of time I spent with...Read More »
22 of 24 | Posted by: Kathy Koultourides - AZ

“I worked for Max from 1971 to 1983. though he was a hard man he was a fair man. My condolences to Mark and the family. He was a giant in a small pond...Read More »
23 of 24 | Posted by: Don Oberkiser - Auburn, IN

“I knew Mr. Shambaugh through his business. He was so courteous, unassuming, and friendly. I am sure his family will miss him very much and have...Read More »
24 of 24 | Posted by: judy creigh - fort wayne, IN


Max P Shambaugh, 93, passed away at 12 AM Sunday in his home in Fort Wayne Indiana. Max had a truly incredible journey. Born on June 16, 1922, he played in the marching band and graduated from Northside High School in 1940 and Purdue University in Mechanical Engineering in 1947. While at Purdue he was a member of the All American marching band and left to serve in the Army Air Corps for two years. He flew 35 missions as a pilot , lieutenant and squadron leader in a B-17, Flying Fortress bomber with the 91st bomb group of the eighth Air Force. Max received many commendations including the Distinguished Flying Cross award after crashing behind German lines in France and escaping through the French underground. He joined his father Roscoe in the Shambaugh and Son construction business for almost 50 years. He was joined in 1976 by his son Mark whereupon they further grew the business into a nationally recognized firm and the third largest of their type in the US. Max was a leader in the Fort Wayne community serving on boards for Junior Achievement, Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, American Legion, Fort Wayne National Bank, YMCA, Fort Wayne Rescue Mission, among others. He taught Sunday school at Crescent Avenue United Methodist Church for over 20 years and served on the Allen County Council, including being president, for 25 years. He was a member of the Summit City Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Mizpah Shrine, Rotary (Paul Harris award winner ) and several other organizations. Max was an avid Purdue sports fan and loved the great outdoors and adventure including fishing in Canada for nearly 40 years, skydiving at age 76, and wrestling a 700 pound bear name Samson at age 65 , continuing his love for adventure. In addition to his Army Air Corps awards he was recognized for leadership by numerous community organizations he served and also was awarded the Building Contractors Association Summit award, Fort Wayne citizen "Engineer of the Year", Purdue Mechanical Engineering distinguished graduate, and Junior Achievement lifetime achievement awards. He was the son of Roscoe and Goldie Shambaugh and had two brothers, Bob and Gene , all who predeceased him . He is survived by his loving wife Sylvia, children Mark P Shambaugh, along with wife Sandie Shambaugh (Ruich), Cynthia Armbruster (Shambaugh) and husband Greg Armbruster and Rebecca Shambaugh; grandchildren Morgen , Madison, Sierra Shambaugh, and Nicole and Bryce Armbruster. Funeral Service is 10:00 am, Friday, August 7, 2015 at D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Road with calling one hour prior. Calling will also be D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Road Thursday, August 6, 2015, from 3:00 pm to 5: 00 pm and 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the funeral home with a Masonic Service at 7:30 pm. Burial in Highland Park Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors or the Huntertown Fire Dept. To sign the online guest book, go to www.domccombandsons.com