CSM Max Alex Kassis

March 31, 1951 - June 4, 2022

03/31/1951 - 06/04/2022

CSM Max A. Kassis, 71, of Newport News, passed away June 4, 2022. He is predeceased by his father Alex W. Kassis and mother Violet P. Kassis, as well as his brother James Bakies Jr. Left to honor his memory are his spouse Leslie L. Kassis, Children Jason Kassis (Danna), Hunter Melvin (Alexis), Hayven Melvin, his sister Lyda R. Ashburn and many beloved grandchildren: Madison Kassis, Rylee Kassis, Elijah Melvin, Maximus Melvin, Juelz Melvin, Olivia Melvin, Camden Booze, A’manya Booze, and Gabrielle Booze.

CSM Kassis held a long and proud career as a United States Army Ranger in the 173rd airborne brigade combat team, and served in both the Vietnam and Iraq Wars. Highly decorated, throughout his career CSM Kassis earned many honors including a Bronze Star Medal, two Purple Hearts, three Meritorious Service Medals, and two National Service Medals. Along with his military career he was very active in his community, serving as the State President of the U.S. MVMC. He also loved spending time with his family, and his favorite past time was cheering on his grandchildren at their sporting events. CSM Max A. Kassis will be dearly missed by friend and family alike.

Funeral services with military honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, his family asks that donations be made to Wounded Warriors Project, in his honor. To make a donation, please click here.


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Thomas DeAngelo
5 months ago

My heart will always be happy I was honored to know Max. To me, a great Leader and mentor, gave me a huge amount of guidance as my NCOIC at Fort Irwin, Ca. 171st MCC .

Christina Smith
5 months ago

You will be greatly missed by Tony & Christina Smith.

Tiger(Chris) & Bandit(Nan) Brewington
5 months ago

RIP Chute
You were a true hero and loved your fellow military members and veterans. It was a pleasure to know you and ride with you.
Prayers lifted for the family for comfort and strength through these days.❤️

5 months ago

Prayers to the family and just know he made a impact to not only all of you but to us as well. We loved him and respected him so much. He will definitely be missed. Much love to you all.

Donetta Adams
6 months ago

Prayers to the family for peace and comfort during this difficult time. Jon and Donetta Adams