Obituary for Richard Lynn Maxwell

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Richard Lynn Maxwell

January 21, 1947 - January 22, 2021


Richard Lynn Maxwell was born January 21, 1947 in Springfield, Ohio to Boyd Earl Maxwell and Alma (Missildine) Maxwell. He is survived by his two daughters Laura Warthen (Aaron) and Catherine Maxwell (Joseph Morehart) and three grandchildren Nolan Warthen, Jack Morehart, and Thomas Morehart.

He passed away at Majestic Care of Whitehall, Ohio on January 22, 2021.

In life, he married Sarah (Klinksick) Maxwell in 1976 and they had two children, as listed above, and later divorced in 2000. He was an only child.

Richard enjoyed the company of friends and his children who he would sit and talk with for hours.  After high school he joined the Navy and travelled around South America.  He loved music and continued that passion through college and beyond. He received an undergraduate music degree from Moorehead State University and a masters from VanderCook College of Music. Professionally, he taught as a band director in several states including Georgia, Texas, Michigan, with his longest placement in Ohio. He played in an exhibition band around northwest Ohio for the majority of his adult life.  During summertime his band would float on a pontoon boat in Devil’s Lake, Michigan putting on a free show for the lake community. He continuously worked on composing and arranging music and had a good time finding jokes to say during performances.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions a private memorial service will be held for immediate family only.

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Due to COVID-19 restrictions a private memorial service will be held for immediate family only.

Joni posted on February 12, 2021

Mr. Maxwell was one of my favorites! I will never forget him. My condolences to his family.


Kirk Keiser posted on February 8, 2021

He built quite the band program at little Fayette while I was in High School! He knew how to push us, challenge us and how to have fun with us! One of a kind, love you Huey!!!


Sarah Marlatt Petrie posted on February 8, 2021

Max was my band teacher from 6th grade and into high school at Fayette. He was so talented, and so passionate, and I remain amazed at his ability to pick up any instrument in the room and play it.....and play it well. I fondly remember him wandering the halls after school, playing his sax and dropping in on other teachers to chat. He had a fantastic sense of humor, and a deeper belief in his students than we had in ourselves. I will always remember him directing - hair flopping, sweat running down the side of his face - grinning because we got it right.


Jessica Pierce posted on February 8, 2021

Sorry to hear this. He was my music teacher all through school. He taught me to play the recorder (in grade school) and then the flute. I always enjoyed him!


Guy McKinney posted on February 8, 2021

Sorry to hear of Max’s passing. My condolences to his daughters and family. He was highly influential in my life as a band member at Fayette. He encouraged me to attend VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, which I did. At my first job he wrote a composition for my band dedicating it to Brother Francis, our principal. A few years later, he was my assistant for a little while in Texas. I will always cherish our long conversations and friendship over the years.


Josh Grieser posted on January 30, 2021

I am so sorry to hear about Richard's passing. I have fond memories of working with and learning from him, whether it was working on a few measures in the third movement from Paul Creston's Sonata or learning algebra. Max made a huge impact on both mine and my family's lives. He will be missed. He will not be forgotten.


Josh Grieser posted on January 30, 2021

I am so sorry to hear about Richard's passing. I have fond memories of working with and learning from him, whether it was working on a few measures in the third movement from Paul Creston's Sonata or learning algebra. Max made a huge impact on both mine and my family's lives. He will be missed. He will not be forgotten.


Joe Aschemeier posted on January 29, 2021

Max was a gifted musician and teacher who never stopped teaching. He was always helping others become a better musician (I especially appreciated that) while playing the music that he loved. He always made people think and had little patience for those who didn't. I still use one of his quotes when I see someone acting foolishly or making ridiculous comments. That quote is “and they let them vote”. I looked forward to our Thursday night rehearsals as they were times of fun music, thought provoking discussions, and as I use to tell the group, “I'm here for the camaraderie”. Max was proud of his daughters and would talk about adventures in Antarctica as well as jobs in the Columbus area. Abner's Sweet Street (as Chuck Yackee use to say, the band's acronym would be ASS band) played for weddings, funerals, bar venues, at Wildwood Preserve, in gazebos, on street corners, in Masonic lodges, and any other venue where Max could show his showman talents and enjoy good music. Max is the third member of the original six man group that has passed away. He will be missed.


Ilsa Grieser posted on January 27, 2021

I’m so sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. I have so many fond memories of living across the street from him and his family. My children grew up with Laura and Catherine. For years, Max (Richard) gave both of my children private music lessons (saxophone, clarinet, and flute lessons.) He was an extremely talented musician and teacher. He even helped my son with math. My children and I always looked forward to Max coming for lessons, supper, conversation and laughs. He was so influential both musically and through his bond of friendship in the lives of my children. I have Max to thank for my children’s successful musical achievements and am so appreciative for the encouragement, dedication, time, and talent he devoted to them. He was always there to support my children; at solo and ensemble time, going with us to buy instruments, encouraging them to perform solos, inviting them to play with his band, and playing in recitals. We will miss you! You were a true friend to my family. Laura, Catherine and Family, you are in my thoughts and prayers.


David Ervin posted on January 27, 2021

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David Ervin posted on January 27, 2021

So sorry to hear about Richard. The Southeastern Class of 1965 was a special group! Richard was a major part. He loved music...and enjoyed life. He’ll be missed!


Lisa and Mike Dominique posted on January 27, 2021

Catherine and Laura, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families during this difficult time. When we lose someone we love, we must learn not to live without them, but to live with the love they left behind.


Abel and Regina Rodriguez posted on January 27, 2021

Our sincere condolences too you girls and your families. Praying that God will comfort and give you peace. Love the Rodriguez family


Bill Kerr posted on January 27, 2021

Dear friends and family of Richard, From his friends at the Wauseon Congregational United Church of Christ We are so sad to hear of the death of Richard. He was a very musically talented man who graced us with his ability to play, sing and tell jokes. He was a joy to his daughters and gifted his musical talents to them. May his music travel with him in heaven and bring grace to all there. May God Bless Laura and Catherine and provide you both comfort and peace during this difficult time. Kind regards, Pastor Bill Kerr and Sandy Kerr


Diann Cessna Storts posted on January 27, 2021

So sorry to hear of Richard's passing. We were good friends in high school, going to band practice and play practices together. Afterwards we might drive some back roads and chase out the parkers. We had such fun! One summer Richard went to the Seattle world's fair with an aunt and Alma and Earl invited me to go to Alabama to visit her family. I caught a terrible cold, but it was a great trip! I met Richard cousins, grandparents, and an aunt. One hot evening the boys went to get watermelon. They brought back melons from a neighbors garden. Have you ever eaten hot watermelon? We grew up in a small country community where everyone knew each other. We graduated High School in a class of around 55 (give or take). Southeastern was a combination of 3 small communities; Pitchin, Selma, and South Charleston, each with their own pride and lifelong friends. Richard, to me, was a lifelong friend.


Jon Fast posted on January 26, 2021

Really sorry to hear of Richard's passing. Always enjoyed going to school with him. Nice guy. It's always sad to lose a classmate. We don't have many left now. Rest in Peace, Richard, your job here is done now. I know God likes sax players!


Cindy Short posted on January 26, 2021

My heart goes out to you Catherine, Laura and your families. I was so sorry to hear of your fathers passing. He was a great neighbor. May happy memories carry you through this difficult time. Cherish those memories as they are the legacy of love. Your father had a wonderful musical talent. I know many students at Fayette enjoyed him as their band director. Teachers impact so many lives which I am sure he did during his many years of teaching. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families during this sorrowful time.


Sharon Porter posted on January 26, 2021

I just heard of Richard’s passing. I am so sorry for your loss. Richard and I grew up next door to each other and graduated high school together. He was a good friend. May God be with you and give you peace. Sharon Jensvold Porter


Sharon Porter posted on January 26, 2021

I just heard of Richard’s passing. I am so sorry for your loss. Richard and I grew up next door to each other and graduated high school together. He was a good friend. May God be with you and give you peace. Sharon Jensvold Porter


Gary L. Smith posted on January 26, 2021

I worked with "Max" in a Jazz Band called Abner's Sweet Street Exhibition Band, from Fulton County, Ohio. Max not only arranged virtually all the music for our 7-piece band but through his leadership, he opened an aura of professionalism which none of the other musicians could begin to reach without Max's guidance. In addition, Max was one of the most talented saxophone players I have ever heard. I have often stated that I learned more jazz interpretation and improvisation from Max than I ever learned at my school of music. Max was also just fun to be with. He wasn't big on exercise as he philosophized, "A man's heart can beat only so many times before it finally wears out. So what fool would speed up his heart rate only to die at a much earlier age?" Through Max, the band members got to know Laura, Catherine, and Sarah very well, as we even used Laura as a guest clarinet soloist with our band. Max will be deeply missed as he touched a lot of lives, not only with the band, but also the students he taught. I wish Sarah, Catherine, Laura, and their families the best. Stay strong and allow these young grandchildren to share in the immense talent and very strong moral attributes of their grandfather.


Mel Rudolph posted on January 26, 2021

I'm sorry to hear about Max. But I'm glad the girls were down near him in Columbus. But I always say, We all gotta go sometime. I'm all ready, packed up, and ready to go.


 


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