Max Gors, 69, of Pierre went to his heavenly home on Thursday, February 27 at Doherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls as the result of suffering a sudden stroke. Visitation will be 6-7pm, Friday, March 7 at Lutheran Memorial Church with a Prayer Service at 7:00pm. Memorial Service will be 11:00am, Saturday, March 8 at Lutheran Memorial Church in Pierre.
Max Arthur Gors was born on January 21, 1945 in Viborg, SD to Max John Gors and Muriel Genevieve (Flyger) Gors.
He lived on a farm in Turner County for the first 10 years of his life. He and his family lived in Davis, SD for one year before moving to Sioux Falls.
Max graduated from Washington High School in 1963, and graduated from Augustana College in 1967. He attended Drake University law School in Des Moines, IA and graduated first in his class in 1970.
He worked for the Attorney General of Iowa for one year before moving to Pierre, SD. Max took a job at the State Office of Economic Opportunity where he drew up the incorporation papers for Head Start in Pierre. He then worked in the Attorney General’s Office. Max was Chairman of the Commission for Law Enforcement Administration in the 70’s cementing his long, warm relationship with law enforcement around the state. He served as Secretary of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. After he practiced law for a period of time, Max served as Magistrate Judge and Circuit Judge. He served as Presiding Judge and also as Acting Supreme Court Justice. After retirement he worked at the Department of Corrections and the Attorney General’s Office once again. Max was elected as Hughes County State’s Attorney in 2012. He retired in March of 2013 due to health reasons. He delighted in his work and relationships with his colleagues.
Max served on the Parole Board several times. He was the consummate teacher. He taught Business Law for CUC for many years, provided various trainings, and also took every opportunity to teach family and friends. He was a Police Reservist for a time. He served on Augustana College’s Alumni Council. He was very active in getting CASA started statewide. Max was a faithful member of Lutheran Memorial Church and served as church president.
Max enjoyed collecting coins and stamps. He was an avid hunter of ducks, geese, pheasants and deer. He was a history buff who loved to read and a master of trivial knowledge. Max was an artist and a Master swimmer. He enjoyed spending time at his Pickerel Lake home.
Max developed special relationships with family and friends because he accepted people for who they were and loved them unconditionally.
Max is survived by his wife of 45 years Rosemarie (Baukol) Gors; daughters: Christine Ellwein (Jeremy), Jenny Hodges (Jeff), Carrie Gors (Jacob Thinglestad); son Aaron (Melissa) and grandchildren: Aric, Izak and Ava Gors, William, Arthur and Peter Hodges and Finley and Morgan Ellwein.
His parents Max and Muriel Gors preceded him in death.