DWIGHT — Max Lee Rosenquist, 71, of Dwight passed away peacefully in his home on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013.
Born Aug. 20, 1942 in Princeton, he was the son of the late Lawrence and Blanche (Anderson) Rosenquist.
In 1961 he went to the University of Illinois at Champaign with a NROTC Scholarship and there he became acquainted with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship which greatly impacted his understanding of Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. He was IVCF Chapter President for two years. In 1965 Max graduated as a civil engineer and was commissioned as an Officer in the Civil Engineer Corps of the U.S. Navy.
It was through InterVarsity that he met Betty TerMeer who became his wife on Dec. 20, 1966.
Max served a one year tour in Vietnam and was honorably discharged with the rank of lieutenant in June 1970. He served honorably in the U.S. Naval Reserves until 1973.
He attended Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, and graduated with a Masters of Divinity cum laude in June 1976.
In 1972 he founded the interdenominational ministry for college and career young adults, “Seekers”, at Harper Junior College in Palatine. Seekers was active there for approximately 10 years and near the end of that time Seekers became an official chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Max also served briefly as campus pastor and pastor of evangelism at Meadows Baptist Church, Rolling Meadows. Next he worked several years for the Department of Defense at Glenview Naval Air Station. In 1988 he took a position with the Department of Energy at Argonne National Laboratory, retiring in December of 2011.
Max and the family lived in New Lenox for about 25 years. He and Betty moved to Dwight in 2012.
Surviving are his wife, Betty; two sons, Greg (Ginger) and Dan (Taunya) of Dwight; grandchildren Robin, Elisabeth, John, Tori, Becca, Angelina, William, Sophia, Jack, Xander, Josie, Aliza and Cooper; one niece, Stacey (David) Headley of Princeton; and one nephew, Chad Hult of Wheaton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister and brother-in-law, Dianne & Mel Hult.
A celebration of Max’s life will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Living Word Bible Church, 304 E. Jackson St., Morris. Pastor Timothy Greene will officiate with a message by Pastor Bill Brown from Lexington Community Church, Lexington.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the UC Davis-Callahan Funeral Home located at 301 W. Washington St. in Morris and from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Private burial will be in Elm Lawn Cemetery in Princeton.
Memorials may be made in Max’s name to Moriel Ministries at www.Moriel.org.