Los Angeles, California
Max Lee Whitehouse, 86, of Los Angeles, California and formally of Columbus passed away on Saturday, October 10, 2015, at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Beverly Hills, California.
He was born in Columbus on July 18, 1929, the eldest of five children of the late Howard Eugene Whitehouse and Virginia Elizabeth Payne Whitehouse.
Max graduated with honors from Columbus High School in 1947 and with honors from Franklin College in 1951 with a degree in Speech and English. While in high school and college he participated in many theatre productions.
After serving in the United States Air Force and working at Irwin Union Bank, Max relocated to Los Angeles to pursue his career in the motion picture industry. He worked at Twentieth Century Fox for David Brown, Norlan Productions (Burt Lancaster), Playboy Productions and as Executive Assistant to John Frankenheimer. This gave him the opportunity to travel and enjoy his hobby of fine art and antiques. He enjoyed meeting new people, travel, fine food and wine, and entertaining his friends and family.
On August 5, 2013, he married his life partner of then 38 years, Leon Albert Sablier who survives.
He is also survived by his brother, James Ray (Phyllis) Whitehouse of Sun City, Arizona; his sister Beverly Ann (Mike) Kyle of Sun City West, Arizona; his niece, Ann Galloway (Jim) Gault of Westport; his nephew, William Howard (Ruth) Galloway of Westport; his cousins, Donna Jean Whitehouse (Tom) Hawes of Columbus, Judith Ann Payne (Jack) Ganzemiller of Wisconsin, Cynthia Louise Payne (John) McMahan of North Carolina, Charles Lyman (Glenda) Payne of Texas; three great nieces; one great-great-niece; and one great-great nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Betty Jane (John) Galloway Evans in January, 2015; and an infant sister, Sandra Kay Whitehouse; along with several aunts and uncles.
Not only will Max be greatly missed by his surviving family, but also by many, many friends and colleagues in the Los Angeles area.
Cremation is planned in Los Angeles with a memorial service there at a later date.