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Maxie “Max” Lee Trainer, Colonel, USAF (Retired)November 28, 1932 – March 19, 2007
Col. Maxie “Max” L. Trainer, U.S. Air Force retired, died March 19, 2007, peacefully at his home in Shalimar, Fla., surrounded by friends and family. He was diagnosed with stomach cancer 48 days before his death.
Max was born in Hot Springs, Va., on Nov. 28, 1932. Following his family tradition of military service, Max joined the United States Air Force on Aug. 11, 1953. He enjoyed a significant career serving in various pilot and command positions in Air Rescue and Recovery Service, “These things we do that others may live.” His last assignment was PACAF Headquarters, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. After retiring from the Air Force, Max worked as a realtor at El Matador Condominium Management Co. where he made many long lasting friendships.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, William Ami Trainer, who served under his beloved Gen. Stonewall Jackson; his father, Stonewall Jackson Trainer; and his mother, Mamie Wade Trainer Terry. His two brothers, also veterans, Bryan A. Trainer (killed in action during the Korean War) and Donald M. Trainer (World War II); and his sister, Mary I. Politte, also preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Lyndia Clements Trainer; daughters, Janet Schweitzer of Conroe, Texas, Kimberly and husband Richard Thompson of Houston, Texas, and Erin Trainer of Dallas, Texas; sisters-in-law, Celia Trainer of Sacramento, Calif., and Patricia Brown of Allen, Texas. He is also survived by nieces and nephew, Laurie Brown of Baton Rouge, La., Jason and wife Sherry Brown of Allen, and Donna and Steve Harrison of Asheville, N.C.
His deepest expression of love is extended to his friends who devoted their time and assistance caring for him during his illness.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to Boys’ Home Inc., 306 Boys’ Home Road, Covington, VA 24426 (www.boyshomeinc. com), phone: 540-965-7700. Several of Max’s childhood classmates lived there, and the growth and support of the organization were meaningful to him.
Graveside services will be held 3 p.m. Friday, March 30, at Sunset Cemetery in Valparaiso, Fla.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements. You may share memories and condolences at www.EmeraldCoastFuneralHome.com
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