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Kenneth Frederick Maxwell, 96, the widower of Dixie Miller Maxwell, went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at Tidelands Community Hospice. 
Mr. Maxwell was born the son of Frank Maxwell and Martha Suhring Maxwell on April 5, 1920 in Dolton, Illinois.
Mr. Maxwell graduated from Thornton Township High School in 1938 in the middle of a recession with 20% unemployment so he attended Business College and worked as a stenographer at Pullman Standard Car Manufacturing in Chicago, IL.  He volunteered to discuss his childhood during the Depression and a video of this can be found online at the Georgetown County library website or www.youtube.com/GeorgetownCountyLibr/videos. 
Mr. Maxwell was a WWII veteran with 31 months in the South Pacific with the 7th Air Force and the Air Transport Command.  He was later stationed in California and was a Court Reporter for General Court Martials.  He purchased a motorcycle in California and upon discharge in Los Angeles, rode it home to Illinois visiting Mexico on the way.  Later he took several motorcycle trips to Southern and Northeast Canada.  
Mr. Maxwell attended Paul Smith College in Upstate New York and rebuilt a 1941 Ford from three totaled wrecks in a shop course.  After a winter there with much snow and a -42 temperature, he transferred to the University of Florida and graduated with degrees in Forestry and Agriculture (Soils).
After graduation, Kenneth and a friend, Jack Poole, took an extended trip to the West Coast, working their way across in the Kansas wheat fields and visiting most of the National Parks on the way.  He worked for International Paper Company for 32 years as a Forester in the southeastern US.  He was a member of the Quarter Century Club and the Pine Tree Club.
Mr. Maxwell enjoyed most sports but he was a lifelong swimmer and swam at the Georgetown County Family YMCA in his later years.  He enjoyed all types of hunting but was an avid dove shooter.  He also enjoyed fishing and gardening.  
He was a member of Herbert Memorial United Methodist Church and the L&M Bunn Sunday school class.  He was also a member of the American Legion Post 114 and the Georgetown Lions Club where he was named a Melvin Jones Fellow in 2006.
His motto was “you can wear out or rust out” and he just wore out.
Kenneth and Dixie were married on March 27, 1954 and celebrated 60 years together.  Their home was blessed with: three children, Kenneth Scott (Pam) Maxwell, Brian Lee Maxwell, and Lisa (Iain) Ritchie.  He also leaves behind:  a sister, Lois M. Struven; and numerous nieces and nephews. 
He was predeceased by:  his parents; his wife; and a sister, Dorothy Maxwell Powers.
Funeral Service with Military Honors will be 12PM, Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Herbert Memorial United Methodist Church directed by the Georgetown Chapel of McKenzie Funeral Home.  
The Maxwell family will receive family and friends prior to the service from 11AM – 12PM in the church sanctuary.   
Memorials may be made to:  Blue Print Leadership Academy, PO Box 1989, Georgetown, SC  29442 OR Herbert Memorial UMC, 84 Forest Avenue, Georgetown, SC  29440.
 He will be cremated and his ashes spread over his favorite dove field.
 
 
 
 
 

 

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