Enya 2000 "Only time"
John Denver "Fly Like An Eagle - Looking For Space" 1976
Brian Crain "Away in a Manger"

Way too often life makes no sense - how can someone so young pass away? ...especially during the Christmas season which most of us look forward to each year when family members gather from near and far.
When this occurs we will hopefully have a lot of family members and community around to help us through the difficult times that follow.
It will also be extra difficult for the schoolmates of Max Sanford, many of whom have never experienced the death of someone so close to them.
Fortunately Max's family is very large and they have lots of friends in the community to help them slowly deal with the loss of such a young man.

Memories, pictures, and history will help everyone who didn't know Max or the youngest generations of the Lorenzen/Karsten/Sanford families.

Click on the links to the left to see some of Max's family background and how they were/are a big part of the Manning community and see some of the citizens who interacted with this Manning family over the decades.
Dave Kusel


Max Sanford, age 15, of Manning, passed away on Friday, December 18, 2020, at MercyOne Medical Center in Des Moines, following a vehicle accident on Thursday near in Manning.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, December 23, 2020, at the IKM-Manning School Gymnasium in Manning, with burial to follow in the Manning Cemetery.
Doors will open at 10 AM; Seating in the gym will not be at full capacity. The funeral will be livestreamed through the following link; https://www.facebook.com/ikm.manning.12
Visitation will be held from 4 PM to 7 PM on Tuesday, December 22, 2020, at the IKM-Manning School Gymnasium in Manning.
Masks will be required. Visitors will need to social distance while waiting in line to greet the family. Visitors are asked to not gather in groups in the building.
Seating will not be available during visitation.
Ohde Funeral Home in Manning is in charge of arrangements.

Funeral Service 10:30 AM ~ Wednesday, December 23, 2020 IKM-Manning School Gymnasium, Manning, Iowa
Officiating Reverend Joel Sutton Pastor, United Methodist Church, Manning
Music Selections "Jealous Of The Angels" by Donna Taggart
"Hold On To Memories" by Disturbed
"I Can Only Imagine" by MercyMe
"Time Of Your Life" by Green Day
Casket Bearers: Jack Sanford, Jim Karsten, Ben Lorenzen, John Lorenzen, Chad Cheney, Tim Ferneding, Jeremy Carroll, Brady Ferneding
Honorary Casket Bearers: Ella Sanford; Will Sanford; Taylor, Jayce, and Kayden Ferneding; Maddi, Colby, and Kennedy Cheney; Karsyn, Layton, and Paisley Lorenzen; Briar and Brogan Lorenzen
Interment Manning Cemetery

Max James Sanford, son of Brett and Kasie (Lorenzen) Sanford, was born October 5, 2005, at the Manning Regional Healthcare Center in Manning, Iowa. He grew up in Manning and attended the IKM-Manning School District where he was currently a freshman.

Max will be remembered for his easy-coming infectious smile and his kind and gentle heart; a genuine and sincere son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend - a beloved role model to all. Max was a Student Council member in both Elementary School and Junior High; as well as a member of the Junior Honor Society. He was a bright and witty kid who excelled in all things he endeavored. Max was passionate about all sports and thrived in them all. Favorite teams of Max's included the Baltimore Ravens, Minnesota Gophers, Miami Marlins, and the L.A. Lakers. Conveniently and fittingly, mostly all rivals of his dad's favorite teams. Max was a devoted teammate and friend to many, and particularly enjoyed his friendships and memories made while playing for the Western Iowa Coyotes AAU Basketball team.

On Friday, December 18, 2020, Max passed away at MercyOne Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa, following a vehicle accident the previous evening. He was 15 years, 2 months, and 13 days of age.

Max is survived by his parents: Brett and Kasie Sanford of Manning; siblings: Jack, Ella and Will, all at home; grandparents: Dan and Jan Lorenzen of Manning; a great-grandmother: Wava Lorenzen of Manning; aunts and uncles: Amy and Tim Ferneding of Manning, Andrea and Chad Cheney of Urbandale, John and Sarah Lorenzen of Manning, Ben and Ashley Lorenzen of Manning; Godparents: Jeremy and Gina Carroll of Manning; and by numerous cousins and other relatives and friends.

Max was preceded in death by his grandmother: Victoria Sanford-Hiatt; and great-grandparents: Max Sanford, Jack Lorenzen, and Marlys and Wilbur "Casey" Karsten.

From the 2006 Manning Quasquicentennial history book

Lorenzen family

Back: Tim, Ben, Kasie, Brett, John
Front: Taylor, Amy, Jan, Dan, Andrea, Sarah

Dan and Jan Lorenzen were married on August 2, 1975, in the Methodist Church in Manning, Iowa. Daniel Lee, is the son of John "Jack" and Wava (Lacy) Lorenzen. Jan LaRae, is the daughter of the late Wilbur "Casey" and Marlys (Rutherford) Karsten. Dan grew up on a farm east of Manning with his brother and sister, Dean Lorenzen and Boni (Lorenzen) Johnson. Jan grew up in Manning and has six brothers and sisters: Jeff, Jim, Julie Rasmussen, Joni Summers, Joe, and Jay.

Dan and Jan are the parents of five children. Amy Jo was was married June 4, 2001, to Tim Ferneding. They have a daughter, Taylor Ann. Amy and her family live in Manning. She is employed part time at Commercial Federal Bank. Andrea Jan, lives in Des Moines and is employed at Wells Fargo. Kasie Ann was married on September 20, 2003, to Brett Sanford and they live in Manning. Kasie is a hair stylist and is the owner of the Upper Cut. John Clark, lives in Manning and currently works at Soll's Service. He is engaged to Sarah Eickman. Benjamin Dean, is currently attending Kirkwood College and pursuing a career in fire science.

Dan started his business, Dan's Body and Glass in 1983. The business was originally located in the old Manning Creamery building. Dan built a new building in 2001 next to the new City Maintenance Building. Jan is currently employed as office manager with Dr. Robert Vonnahme Chiropractic. Dan and Jan live south of Manning where they have lived since they were married.

Looking For Space 1976
John Denver

On the road of experience
I'm trying to find my own way
Sometimes I wish that I could fly away
When I think that I'm moving
Suddenly things stand still
I'm afraid 'cause I think they always will

And I'm looking for space
And to find out who I am
And I'm looking to know and understand
It's a sweet, sweet dream
Sometimes I'm almost there
Sometimes I fly like an eagle
And sometimes I'm deep in despair

All alone in the universe
Sometimes that's how it seems
I get lost in the sadness and the screams
Then I look in the center
Suddenly everything's clear
I find myself in the sunshine and my dreams

And I'm looking for space
And to find out who I am
And I'm looking to know and understand
It's a sweet, sweet dream
Sometimes I'm almost there
Sometimes I fly like an eagle
And sometimes I'm deep in despair

On the road of experience
Join in the living day
If there's an answer
It's just that it's just that way

When you're looking for space
And to find out who you are
When you're looking to try and reach the stars
It's a sweet, sweet, sweet dream
Sometimes I'm almost there
Sometimes I fly like an eagle
And sometimes I'm deep in despair

Sometimes I fly like an eagle
Like an eagle
I go flying high