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Gordon Kent Maxwell

 

February 3, 2022

Gordon Kent Maxwell, born in Worland, Wyoming December 1, 1943, the son of John W. Maxwell, Sr. and Agnes Halbert Maxwell, died January 25, 2022. Gordon was 78 at the time of his death.

Gordon was the youngest of three children, raised in Worland, WY by his loving parents. He loved the mountains, the Maxwell cabin and couldn't wait to introduce his new bride to the Big Horns. Growing up fishing and hunting gave him great joy. During the summer months surrounded by the trees and the creek transitioned into his love of the winter sports that his mountain offered was a special time for him. Driving through the canyon would often point out the cross on the hill across from Circle J Methodist camp and fondly recall how he and his youth group planted the cross. His love of skiing found Gordon and his high school buddies ski patrolling at Red Lodge, MT and his excitement was uncontainable when his father and partners opened up a ski resort in the Big Horns. He shared his love of skiing with his daughter Jennifer, whom he taught to ski and transported up the mountain to ski every Sunday during the season. He loved to play baseball and continued that love of the sport through college, Army and the annual Shrine vs Knights of Columbus ballgame. He loved his dogs Rowdy No. 1, Rowdy No. 2, Megan, Bruiser and finally Sir Oliver Cromwell. He shared his later years with Einstein, a Congo African Grey, who rules the house! Gordon loved all genres of music. He was at home attending the opera in Billings, the Symphony in Phoenix, a country star or Jazz. He simply loved music.

Gordon graduated from Worland High School in 1962 and seeking warmer climate enrolled at Arizona State University where he served as president of his college fraternity Theta Chi. Gordon married Isabel (Dolly) Maxwell June 11, 1966, 2 weeks after graduation. Gordon was drafted and left for duty two months after their marriage, completed Officers Candidate School and served a tour of duty in Viet Nam. He was proud of his service and of his country. He was a decorated Viet Nam Veteran, earning a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. Upon his return from Viet Nam, he studied law at the University of Wyoming, and returned to Worland to join his Father and brother in business. Jon's IGA Worland and Jon's IGA Buffalo were a source of joy and pride for him.

Upon moving back to Worland Gordon immersed himself in his community and tried to give back in anyway that he could. He was a Past President of Worland Jaycees; Past Master of Cloud Peak No. 27 AM and FM; Past President of Chief Washakie Shrine Club; a Life Member of the American Legion Post No. 44 and a member of B.P.O.E. Elks No. 1908. Gordon was a recipient of the Freedom Team Salute Commendation from the American Legion Department of Wyoming. He loved to golf and after retirement he could be found every day playing a round or two of golf. He will always be remembered for his snacks, dry sense of humor, sarcasm, his loyalty and his love of his family and country.

Gordon is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Dolly. His children Heather Alice Maxwell (Todd Goodwin); Jennifer Isabel Germano (Michael) and Martin John Maxwell (Behnan). Grandchildren Zabel Anne Germano and Ani Elizabeth Germano and Emre Gordon Maxwell and Rubi Maxwell; special niece and nephew Terri and Chris Logan; Einstein Maxwell and brother J.W. Maxwell.

Preceding Gordon in death was his father John W. Maxwell, Sr; mother Agnes Halbert Maxwell; sibling Gary Maxwell; Father-in-Law Martin Mardirosian and Mother-in-Law Isabell Astikian Mardirosian.

Our gratitude is extended to the nursing staff and Doctors of St. Vincent's hospital. Their love, gentle touch and empathy will always be remembered and cherished. Gratitude to Dr. John Thurston whom Gordon liked, trusted respected and who always had Gordon's back. We are grateful.

A public visitation will be held 2:00 pm, Saturday, February 5, 2022 at the Bryant Funeral Home Chapel. Following the visitation friends and family are invited to join Dolly at the Maxwell residence for a light meal and to continue to share memories of Gordon. A celebration of life will be held on August 6, 2022 with Kendra Ware as the celebrant. Memorial donations may be made to Shriners Children Hospital Salt Lake City. Checks can be sent to PO Box 524 Worland, WY 82401. Online condolences may be made at http://www.bryantfuneralhomeon

line.com.

Loving, Loyal and Anchor.

 
 

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