Max Earl Bretches, former Wellington athletic director, 78: Sept. 10, 1935 – Aug. 18, 2014

first_imgMax BretchesMax Earl Bretches, age 78, died Monday morning, August 18, 2014 at Kansas Medical Center in Andover, surrounded by his loving family.Max was born on September 10, 1935 in McPherson to Stanley Bretches and Alice (Anderson) Bretches.Max graduated from McPherson High School in 1953 and from Wichita University in 1957 where he was the football tri-captain.  His picture appeared in the 1957 Sports Illustrated issue. His first teaching position started in Anthony  in 1957.  He taught there for three years and from there went to Emporia State for a year to get his Masters Degree.He started teaching at Wellington in 1961 and served as the Athletic Director at Wellington High School for 32 years.  Highlights of his career at Wellington High School include head track coach and head golf coach.  In 1974 he was on a special KSHSAA Committee to discuss ideas on changing the State High School Football Play-off System from the point system to District Playoffs.  The District Playoffs started the following season.After retiring in 1995 he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Alma and Zelma.Survivors include his two children, Craig Bretches and his wife Carna of Wichita, KS and Shari Bretches of Andover, KS; one brother, Galen Bretches of McPherson, KS; three grandchildren, Halie, Tanner, and Morgan; and one great granddaughter, Skylar.A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Frank Funeral Home on Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with a special tribute to Max at 10:30 a.m.A memorial has been established with the Max Bretches USD 353 Memorial Fund in lieu of flowers.  Contributions can be left at the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at read more