Topeka author Max Yoho was born on June 18th, 1934, in Colony, KS, and passed away on April 24th, 2017 in Topeka. Yoho graduated from Topeka High School and attended classes at Washburn University. With the support of his freshman comp teacher, he wrote features for The Washburn Review. He spent thirty-eight years as a machinist in the Topeka area, then retired in 1992 to begin a new career as a writer.
Yoho will be remembered as an author and humorist, and one of Topeka's finest authors. His first novel, The Revival, won the 2002 J. Donald Coffin Memorial Award of the Kansas Authors Club. Felicia, These Fish Are Delicious, Yoho’s collection of poems, essays and short stories, was chosen among the “Ten Best Reads” of 2004 by book reviewer Nancy Mehl of the Wichita Eagle. Kansas State Librarian Christie Brandau chose Yoho’s novel The Moon Butter Route as a 2006 Kansas Notable Book. This book also was awarded the 2007 J. Donald Coffin Memorial Award of the Kansas Authors Club. In 2007 both Yoho's novels The Moon Butter Route and The Revival were named among twelve "Kansas Favorite Books" by the Kansas Center for the Book, a division of the Kansas State Library.
Rest in Peace, dear Max.