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John Max Autenrieb
  • August 28, 1936
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  • August 03, 2020

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John Max Autenrieb passed away at age 83 on August 3, 2020 in Leesburg, Florida at the UF Health Leesburg Medical Center due to complications from the COVID-19 virus.  Mr. Autenrieb was born on August 28, 1936 in Edwardsville, Illinois to his parents Max and Lydia Autenrieb and is survived by his loving wife of more than 60 years (Lois), 4 sons (Matthew, Vincent, Stephen, & Kenneth), his sister Margarita Pizzini, six grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his daughter (Yvonne), both parents and two siblings (Fred and Siegfried).

Mr. Autenrieb attended the Rolla School of Engineering after graduating from Edwardsville High and St. Boniface primary schools and married Lois Harmon in February of 1960.  He then worked at Max Autenrieb Art Studio where he learned the key skills he would use throughout his career.  The Autenriebs moved to Florida in 1975 where John lived a life dedicated to service working as a craftsman and artisan catering primarily to the religious community restoring statues, painting murals, and performing various renovation and beautification efforts for churches throughout Florida.  He was an active member of the Roman Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.

John retired in 2002 and later moved to Wildwood, Florida in 2006 where he spent his remaining time as a doting grandparent and loving husband.  Mr. Autenrieb was a soft spoken, kind hearted, gentle soul that was consistently patient and supportive as father and husband.  He was an avid tennis player for most of his life and could often be found on local tennis courts sharing that passion with his children and participating in local tournaments.  He also enjoyed music, sports, and attending church. He loved baseball and sang in his church choir.

Mr. Autenrieb will be buried in a private ceremony at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens on August 19, 2020 following a memorial viewing from 9am to 10am at the Baldwin Brothers Funeral Home at 3990 E FL-44 Suite 105, Wildwood, FL 34785.  Please contact the funeral home at (352) 205-4210 with questions. A memorial video is available for viewing on YouTube by clicking on the following link: https://youtu.be/w2yTU1YT5Hs (or copy and paste into your browser).  Thank you.


Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery

Date & Time:
August 19, 2020 at 11:00 AM

Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery

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  1. Vincent Autenrieb posted an image:
    26 Aug 2020
    A memorial video is available for viewing by clicking the following link:  https://youtu.be/w2yTU1YT5Hs
    A memorial video is available for viewing by clicking the following link: https://youtu.be/w2yTU1YT5Hs

  2. Sean lit a candle:
    25 Aug 2020
    Lit since August 25, 2020 at 8:46:09 PM

  3. VIncent Autenrieb says:
    24 Aug 2020
    Dad, I am SO blessed to have had you as my father and will miss you more each day of my remaining time here on Earth. I know you are in paradise as I have never met anyone more deserving. Your faith-filled life had its share of challenges yet you consistently provided a kind, humble, and wise example that will always serve as a guiding beacon of light and inspiration to me and others who were fortunate enough to have known you. Rest in peace my dear, dear father, you have certainly earned it and will always be remembered well. With deep love, respect and appreciation, Vincent

  4. Vincent Autenrieb lit a candle:
    24 Aug 2020
    Lit since August 24, 2020 at 8:25:03 PM

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    19 Aug 2020
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    18 Aug 2020
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  7. Lisa says:
    18 Aug 2020
    I never met John, wished I had hearing about him from Ken. You have a great son John. RIP.

  8. Vera Waggoner lit a candle:
    17 Aug 2020
    Lit since August 17, 2020 at 8:59:36 PM

  9. Darlene says:
    17 Aug 2020
    When I met John back in 2005, I already knew he was going to turn out to be a wonderful Father-in-law, the best anyone could ever have. He we was kind, a great husband to Lois, a loving Dad and so much enjoyed his chuckle. You will be greatly missed here on Earth, but I know that you are a fine Angel up in Heaven ❤️

  10. Kenneth Autenrieb says:
    17 Aug 2020
    I'll miss you dad. You were the the greatest example of living life in Gods image. Your wisdom and lessons in life will always continue to guide me in my life. I pray to be half the man and father you were. Until we meet again. All my love and respect.

    Your loving son,

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