Max Owen Ambs

April 11, 1930May 10, 2018

Max Owen Ambs was born on April 11, 1930 in Sturgis, Michigan and went to be with the Lord on May 10, 2018. He was preceded in death by parents Owen and Ruth (Corson) Ambs, sister Naoma Gonzalez, and twin brother Marvin Ambs. Max grew up in Colon Michigan, graduated from Colon High School in 1948, then attended Western Michigan University (Bachelors and Masters in Music Education), and Wayne State University (Education Specialist).

Max married Ledith Garber on August 12, 1956 in Constantine, Michigan. He taught school for 42 years in White Pigeon, Utica, Birmingham and Williamston. Max played violin in the Jackson Symphony for over 30 years. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, Okemos, MI for 49 years.

Max is survived by his wife, Ledith; children, Charles (Karen) Ambs, Cathy (David) Welch, Cheryl Ambs and Susan Ambs; grandchildren, Jayme (Kevin) Bisard, Leighanne VanSickler and Emily and Brandon Ambs and great-grandchildren, Evalyn and Hazel Bisard and Nolan and Blakely VanSickler.

Funeral service will be held Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 4515 Dobie Rd., Okemos, MI 48864. Interment will be private at Summit Cemetery. Visitation at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home Williamston Chapel, 205 E. Middle Street, Williamston, MI 48895, Tuesday, May 15, 2018 from 4-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Faith Lutheran Church, 4515 Dobie Rd., Okemos, MI 48864 or Ingham County Medical Care Facility, 3860 Dobie Rd., Okemos, MI 48864.


  • Charles Ambs
  • Brandon Ambs
  • Kevin Bisard
  • David Welch

  • Faith Lutheran Church
  • Ingham County Medical Care Facility


  • Visitation Tuesday, May 15, 2018
  • Visitation Wednesday, May 16, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Max Owen Ambs

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Scott Metzger

May 16, 2018

My deepest condolences to Mr. Ambs’ family. He was one of the most influential teachers I ever had. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t have cause to think back on the technical use of English that I learned from him in the tenth grade all those years ago and to be grateful.

Carrie Sparks (Gunn)

May 14, 2018

I am so sorry to hear of Mr Ambs' passing. Mr Ambs was truly one of a kind. I had him in 10th grade (about 1988 in portable 2, was it?). Though, I recall having a few conversations with him about music/band (an interest we both shared), I don't think anyone could ever see The Holy Grail (Monty Python) without thinking of Mr Ambs! Good times! My deepest condolences to his family. ((I am attaching a picture I came across when I was doing ancestry. My uncle and grandmother went to WMU so as I was looking through yearbooks, this was a page that popped up:) ))

Liz Davis

May 13, 2018

Mr. Ambs was a very caring person. He loved his family and his grandchildren very much ! You all have my deepest sympathy & love. - Liz Larson Davis, Williamston

Richard Brown

May 12, 2018

I was privileged to call Max "colleague" at Williamston High School. I loved his teaching style, and the way he expected students to achieve at a high level. He was a professional educator in every sense of the word, knew his subject matter exceptionally well, and enjoyed working to help young adults. As school counselor, I knew his children, and it was obvious that they had great parenting at home. I genuinely liked Max as a person, and he made my work at the school more enjoyable. His children and grandchildren are very fortunate to have had him in their lives. The world has lost one of the good guys, and God bless his soul. Richard Brown, Williamston High School Counselor (retired)

Elaine Stanfield

May 12, 2018

Max was a really fine person and a great and caring teacher. Max and I often met to discuss students with special needs to be successful in language skills. Max really care about all his students. He was a unique being with talents in music, language, humanities and personal sensitivity. Life of many students and professionals in the school was made better because of knowing Max. The world needs more of his kind. Elaine Stanfield

Jack Griffes

May 12, 2018

May God's peace and comfort be with you and yours.

Mr. Ambs helped me and many others as a diligent school teacher for decades. His service as a teacher spanned more than a generation. That's quite a legacy of devotion to helping youth by teaching youth.