Dr. Lloyd Maxon
Dr. Lloyd Maxon
April 6, 1927 - February 10, 2017
Dr. Lloyd Maxon, 89, beloved Daddy, Grandpa, brother, uncle and pioneer Air Force educator, passed away on February 10, 2017 in Wichita Falls, Texas. Deacon Jim Bindel will conduct a Christian Wake service in the chapel of Lunn’s Colonial Funeral Home, beginning at 7: 00 p.m, on Wednesday February 15, 2017. Family visitation will follow. Lloyd’s Funeral Mass will be held at Christ the King Catholic Church in Byron, Minnesota on Friday, February 17th under the direction of Byron Funeral Home.
Lloyd, the youngest son of Thomas and Mildred (Haight) Maxon’s eight children was born in Pine Island, Minnesota in April 1927. Growing up in a large family during the 1930’s Depression, Lloyd dedicated himself to academic excellence and to helping with family expenses by working numerous part-time jobs including farm and garden work; making cheese at the town’s factory; assisting the local doctor in his office; and running the movie projector at Pine Island’s theater. He and twin brother, Floyd, were drafted into World War II on their 18th birthdays and graduated from Pine Island High School in May 1945. Lloyd joined the Army and was sent to Japan to work in a support unit for General Macarthur’s Tokyo headquarters.
Following his honorable discharge as a Tech Sergeant in 1947, Lloyd attended the University of Minnesota in hopes of becoming a surgeon. On a weekend job, his hand was cut severely in a lumber mill accident and so, after reconstructive surgery, he decided to become a teacher. He transferred to Rochester Junior and Winona State Teachers College. He met and married Margaret Dee in 1949 and Lloyd graduated with his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1950.
Lloyd was hired by the U.S. government and began working as a teacher in Civil Engineering courses at F.E. Warren AFB in Cheyenne, Wyoming in November 1950. He worked days and attended Colorado State College of Education in Greeley, Colorado on evenings and weekends. He received his Masters of Education in 1956. When Warren AFB was turned into a missile base in 1958, the technical training courses were moved to Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls.
While at Sheppard, Lloyd taught Civil Engineering and Missile program classes and became a supervisor in the Plans and Evaluations Branch. While still working full-time at the base, Lloyd drove over 61.000 miles roundtrip on nights and weekends to attend North Texas State University. “Doc” Maxon graduated with his PhD in Education in June 1970. Using his degree and contacts, Lloyd served on several inspection teams for the South Association of Colleges and Schools and he developed a plan to allow Air Force technical courses to receive college credits. This led to the founding of the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) which has allowed tens of thousands of Air Force personnel to advance their academic and professional lives over the past four and one-half decades. Lloyd was awarded the “Supervisor of the Year” award in 1984 and received numerous other awards before his retirement from Sheppard in February, 1996; after serving 46 years as a USAF educator.
Lloyd served his church and community in Wichita Falls throughout his life. He was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace parish for over 60 years; was a member of the 4th Degree of the Knights of Columbus, taught Bible school classes for 14 years and was a member of the first school board of Notre Dame High School in Wichita Falls. He was also a Scout Master for Troop 138 of the Boy Scouts of America and received their Silver Beaver award.
Lloyd took special pride in supporting his children and grandchildren’s activities; serving as a judge in speech tournaments; coaching Little League Baseball teams; taking his children and grandchildren on trips to national parks and historical sites. He was able to amaze them with quick answers to History, Math and Literature questions on the “Jeopardy” quiz show that he enjoyed watching with them and actively supported them in obtaining college educations.
Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Milton, Roy, Verne and Floyd (all World War II veterans), Harrold and sister Bertha. He is survived by his sister Arlene Pike of Austin, Minnesota; daughter Donna Maxon and son James Maxon of Wichita Falls; granddaughters Rachael Maxon of Iowa City, Amanda and Jennifer Maxon of Denton, Texas: Anna Maxon of New Braunfels, Texas; grandson Joshua Maxon of Denton, Texas; sister-in-law Loretta Maxon of Rochester, Minnesota; brothers-in-law Ralph Kuisle of Byron Minnesota and Ray Dee and Stanley Dee of Rochester, Minnesota; and numerous nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.
If desired, memorials may be made to Notre Dame High School, 2821 Lansing Blvd, Wichita Falls, Texas 76309 or the Meals on Wheel program, 1006 Burnett Street, Wichita Falls, Texas 76301.