Max Allen Gilbert 77 passed away on December 3, 2019 at Newton Medical Center. He was born on May 15, 1942 in Fort Dodge, Iowa to Norvel and Beryl (Holt) Gilbert. Max was they youngest of three children.
He served his country in the United States Air Force. After leaving the service he began his long law enforcement career in Lindsborg, KS in 1964. He came to Newton in 1966 as a patrolman for the Newton Police Department obtaining the rank of Captain. Max left the police department in 1979 to experience the open roads of Harvey County as a Deputy Sheriff. In 1986 Max was promoted to the rank of Undersheriff under Sheriff Galen E. Morford. He retired from his post on April 30, 2000 serving 21 years with the Sheriff’s Office and 35 years in law enforcement. Through his years at the Sheriff’s Office Max became a familiar face of local law enforcement and an integral part of the Harvey County community. He dedicated himself to protecting and serving the citizens and was a mentor to countless young officers and deputies. Max was also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy. After his retirement he also work for the Harvey County Parks Department. He is survived by his sister Nancy and husband Larry Jordison of Fort Dodge, Iowa and many law enforcement comrades.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Marvin.
Per his wishes there will be a private service and burial will occur at a later date in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Petersen Funeral Home is in charge of services