OBITUARY

J. Max Brenton

August 28, 1945May 2, 2021
Play Tribute Movie

J. Max Brenton

75, of Indianapolis, passed away peacefully on May 2, 2021 with his wife and children by his side. Max loved his life and lived it the fullest. He was a wonderful Husband, Father, Poppy, Son, Brother and Friend. Max will be missed and his legacy will live on forever.

Max was a graduate of Beech Grove High School and continued his education at Indiana University. He married Rebecca Wheatley Brenton on June 27, 1965 after becoming high school sweethearts years earlier. Max went on to have a successful career with the Indianapolis Police Department and retired after 20 years on the force. After retirement Max went to work for Boehringer Mannheim (now known as Roche Diagnostics) and became their International Security Director and retired in 2015.

Max loved to travel the world with his wife of 55 years. They traveled to London, Italy, Germany, Australia, Czech Republic, Spain, Portugal, Scotland, Switzerland, France, Ireland, Africa, Belgium, Canada, Jamaica, Virgin Islands, Finland, and all over the Caribbean, including Aruba and Mexico. They spent their 50th wedding anniversary in Bora Bora. They loved visiting NYC and attending Broadway Plays. He also bought his beloved wife a home in the Keys after retirement where they loved to relax, swim and most of all fish!

His passion in life was watching his grandson, Ashe (who shared his birthday) play baseball. He never missed a game. He went on to witness Ashe being drafted into Major League Baseball. Poppy was more than proud.

In Max's honor the family is requesting that you come dressed in casual, fishing or tropical attire. Max would want everyone to be comfortable!

Max is survived by his loving wife; Rebecca A. (Wheatley) Brenton, daughter; Rachele A. (Valarie) Brenton, son, Jared M. Brenton, grandchildren; Ashelee, Amber, Blake, Brooke and Destiny, along with 2 great grandchildren, mother; Margaret Brenton, sister; Margaret (Dave) Spear and brother; David (Geneva) Brenton.

Max was preceded in death by his father; James P. Brenton and his mother and father-in-law; Lloyd and Lee Wheatley.

Visitation will be held at Little and Sons Funeral Home in Beech Grove on Friday, May 7, 2021 from 3:00pm - 8:00pm. A Celebration of Life Service will be at the Funeral Home on Saturday, May, 8, 2021 at 11:00am with one hour of visitation prior to the start of the service. Burial will take place at Acton Cemetery.

Little and Sons Funeral Home is currently under the following COVID restrictions: 50 guests for visitation, 50 guests for the funeral service and masks must be worn inside the building. We appreciate your patience and compliance. You are more than welcome to follow with the procession to Acton Cemetery.

www.littleandsonsbeechgrove.com

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, May 7, 2021

  • Celebration of Life Service

    Saturday, May 8, 2021

  • Burial

    Saturday, May 8, 2021

Memories

J. Max Brenton

have a memory or condolence to add?

ADD A MEMORY
Michael Howard

May 10, 2021

Max was a colleague and friend from our ISMA organization. He was always welcoming and friendly, especially during my first ISMA conference when I did not know anybody there. Max had a great sense of humor and for a big imposing man, was very approachable. He was a leader people looked up to. When Max made a comment, there was gravitas behind it borne of his hard work and years of experience in the security and law enforcement community. Max left an indelible impression on all of us in the security world. Rest in Peace dear friend. You made a difference! Mike and Janice Howard

Leigh and Roger bultman

May 10, 2021

Roger and I want to send our condolences on the lost of Max.
We always enjoyed him. Especially when he did his siren by the mailbox and also on I-74. Knowing all of your family for so long through our daughters has been a blessing.
So glad we got to spend time with Rachel just a few days ago.
Our thought and prays will be with you during this hard time.
Leigh and Roger Bultman

Becky Brenton

May 9, 2021

Thanks for all the kind memories. He was my love my life my forever. You all were key points in his life. Hugs to all of you Becky

Joleen and Dale McCarty

May 9, 2021

Becky, Rachel and Ashe,
So sorry to hear of Max’s passing. So many fun memories from Cathedral baseball and travel baseball. We loved Max’s stories and laugh. Take care and thinking of you!

Debbie Johnson

May 8, 2021

In loving memory of Max Brenton, Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Max was definitely one of a kind. Very caring, compassionate, and a great story teller. I missed him when he left Roche. He was such a great man. RIP Max!!! I will forever have fond memories of you.

Cliff Johnson

May 8, 2021

Our family was blessed to know Max, Becky, Rachele and Ashe through baseball. The love Max had for his family warmed our hearts. Max and Becky were the dynamic duo who were filled with fun and laughter. You knew you were having a great day when you got to be with Max and Becky. We will miss Max's smile, kind heart and friendship. Hugs to Becky, Rachele and Ashe! Cliff, Julie, Luke and Brantley

David Pieper

May 7, 2021

Watched my twin brother Dennis pick up Max during wrestling practice. Dennis was our 95 pound wrestler and Max was our heavy weight wrestler. We all had some great times then.
Becky, you and the rest of the family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Love to all!

DT Smith

May 7, 2021

Oh the Max Brenton stories!

Max was truly one in million. Outstanding police officer - and so proud of his family's law enforcement legacy.

He contributed greatly to the 'golden age' of the IPD. Be it work or play Max added so much life to the endeavour.

Max and Becky helped so many - what a couple.
RIP My Friend! - DT Smith (Lt/IPD/Ret)

Judi Young

May 7, 2021

I lived right next to Max and Becky for 20 years! They were wonderful neighbors and always so kind to us. So sorry to hear of Max’s passing. I know he will be greatly missed by his family!

I enjoyed watching the tribute video and it really made me miss his smile that I haven’t seen since we both moved from Dix Rd.

Becky, you will be in our thoughts and prayers. Love and hugs,
Mike and Judi Young

Judy Cummins (Shorter)

May 7, 2021

Max & Bob Shorter & Flowers all worked together on IPD.Max was always in a good mood and smiling..They partied at our apartment &laughed & at the FOP hall.My son Kris Shorter told me about Max last night.My prayers are with you.& your family.He was always nice to me, I ran into him several years ago and he still remembered me. I am so glad you have so many wonderful memories. Judy Cummins🙏🙏

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY