Legendary Wabash College coach and athletic director Max Edward Servies died on Saturday at the age of 85.
Servies, who first arrived in Wabash as a student in 1954 after graduating from Crawfordsville High School, was a wrestling coach for the Little Giants for 40 years before retiring in 2000. His Wabash’s teams have racked up 487 double-meet wins with 38 consecutive winning seasons. Twenty-one Wabash wrestlers have graduated as members of Phi Beta Kappa and three of its wrestlers have earned NCAA graduate scholarships. He coached All-Americans Dan Emerson, Ryan Mills and his own son, Tim Servies. Max also spent 33 years as the College’s Athletic Director, leaving that post in 1998.
Max Servies was inducted into the Wabash Athletics Hall of Fame in 1988. He is also a member of the Indiana Wrestling Hall of Fame, the NCAA Division III Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame, and the Indiana Football Hall of Fame after serving 28 seasons as an assistant football coach at Wabash. Servies won the Wabash Alumni Award of Merit in 1983 and the Indianapolis Association of Wabash Men’s Monon Bell Citation in 1994.
Servies graduated from Wabash in 1958 with a major in biology. He received a master’s degree in biology from Purdue University in 1962. Wabash honored Servies with an honorary doctorate in human letters in 2009.
Servies, with the help of former Wabash professor and longtime wrestling supporter Dr David Phillips, recently finished Some little giants, a book detailing the history of athletics at Wabash College from its beginnings in 1865 until the 2017 season.
Servies is survived by his wife Nancy, his brother Dick and his sisters Lois and Mary Ellen. He is also survived by three daughters, Alisa, Christina and Stacy, three sons, Kirk, Kent and Tim, as well as 21 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Max Servies’ visitations will be held at Burkhart Funeral Home in Crawfordsville from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 17. Services will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday with an entombment at the Oak Hill Cemetery Mausoleum scheduled for Monday, October 18 at 11 a.m.