Fritz Maxwell

Fritz MaxwellFritz P. Maxwell, 58, of Athens, formerly of Rushville, died at 3:15 p.m. Feb. 23, 2009, in rural Menard County, the result of a farming accident.

He was born Oct. 12, 1950, in Beardstown, a son of John and Verna Sackman Maxwell. He married Stephanie Pepple on Aug. 29, 1993, in Rushville. She survives.

Also surviving are three sons, Ryan Maxwell, Tanner Maxwell and Hunter Maxwell, all at home; and brothers and sister, Robert (and Marna) Maxwell of Browning, Terry (and Oma) Maxwell of Littleton, N.C., Charles “Buddy” Maxwell of Murphysboro, Steve (and Elizabeth) Maxwell, Lavern (and Janet) Maxwell, both of Rushville, Linda (and Larry) Runkle of Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, and Monte (and Dottie) Maxwell of Beardstown.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one niece, Melody Maxwell.

He was a 1969 graduate of Rushville High School.

He first worked as an assembler at Bohn Aluminum in Beardstown until 1988. For the next five years, he worked as a laborer with Beck’s Electric in Rushville before moving to Springfield. He was in charge of maintenance at the Chateau Deville Apartments. He later worked for ABF and Four Seasons Sunrooms. At the time of his death, he was farming for Steve Digiovanna Farms in rural Athens.

He was a member of Rushville Lions Club. He also was a volunteer with the Athens JFL football.

Services were held Friday at Wood Funeral Home in Rushville with David Haney officiating. Burial was in Rushville City Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to his son’s education fund or Athens JFL.

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 3/4/2009