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Maxie O. “Max” Beheler

November 12, 1932 - May 9, 2019

Maxie O. “Max” Beheler, age 86, of New Castle, DE, passed away suddenly at home on Thursday, May 9, 2019, and became our angel.

Born in Delmont, NJ on November 12, 1932, he was a son of the late Edward and Elizabeth (Lee) Beheler.  Max served in the Air National Guard for over 30 years, retiring as a Lt. Col.  After retirement, he owned and operated First State Trophies.  

A passion for baseball, he was involved in all levels of and dedicated his life to Delaware baseball for over 55 years.  Max coached approximately 62 teams, 1500 games and over 1000 players in his lifetime.  He was the president of the Suburban Little League from 1967 until 1982, and commissioner of Delaware Semi-Pro League.  Max managed the Home Budget Center team from 1991 until the present.

In addition to his parents, Max was preceded in death by his wife, Alberta Rose (Simpkins) Beheler; son, Steven Beheler; brother, Tom Beheler; sister, Eunice Crookston; son-in-law, Orazzio DeBenedictis; and granddaughter, Justine Kearns.  He is survived by his daughters, April DeBenedictis of Delaware City, Kathleen Kearns (Chris) of New Castle; son, Richard Beheler (Josee) of New London, PA; grandchildren, Joseph Kearns (Candice), Jessica Henry (Jade), Jacqueline Kearns, Paul DeBenedictis (Angela), Anthony DeBenedictis (Cindy) and Stephen Beheler; 12 great grandchildren; and 1 great great-grandson.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 5 pm until 7 pm on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.  A second visitation will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Ebenezer U.M. Church, 306 Clinton Street,
Delaware City, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 11 am.  Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.          

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Max’s memory to the Delaware Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1636, Wilmington, DE 19899.  Please designate donations for the “Steven Wesley Beheler Memorial Scholarship Fund” in memory of Steven Beheler and Justine Kearns

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10 Guestbook messages for Maxie O. “Max” Beheler

  • So sorry for your loss. Please know we are keeping you all in prayer during this difficult time.

  • Max was a dear man. I am proud to have called him my friend. He will be truly missed by everyone that knew him.

  • My love and prayers are with you all. Memories are the most wonderful things we have in a time like this. My childhood memories of all of us are ones I will always cherish.

  • Farewell my friend, Max., Commissioner of the Northern Delaware Big League for many years and competing manager but best of all a very good friend. May you rest in peace!
    Joe Mitchell

  • Max was a tireless servant of boys like me who played in Suburban Little League in the 60’s and 70’s. I owe every summer from 1971-1982 to Max and the great folks who worked under him. I only played for Max directly one season, as a 16-18 year old on the Big League Team Suburban Red. Only God is wise enough to know how many young people like me Max touched. So long, skipper. Godspeed

  • A toute la famille Beheler, nos sincères sympathies spécialement la famille de R ich je vous embrasse tous je suis qu’ il veillera sur vous tous

  • Our deepest condolences from the Grant family. Our thoughts are with you.

    Jim & Elaine

  • I am so glad that I got to know Max and work with him at election times. He knew the system inside and out, not only with elections but also with the baseball organization.
    He was truly a professional person. I will miss working with him.

  • We were so sorry to learn of Max’s passing. What a legend!!!! His tireless work with kids will never be forgotten. He continually gave back to the community plus he was a great father and grandfather. I was so proud to be inducted to the WP Hall of Fame along with Max as we were able to share so many wonderful memories that evening. He truly was a GREAT man!!!!

  • I am so sorry to just have heard about the passing of Max. I got to know Max through my father, who served with Max in the Air National Guard. Talking baseball was always a passion and a quick stop to pick up trophies would turn into an hour long chat. My thoughts go out to all of Max’s family and friends.