CMSgt. (Ret.) Kenneth Austin ‘Ken’ Maxwell - Morgan County Herald: Obituaries

CMSgt. (Ret.) Kenneth Austin ‘Ken’ Maxwell

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Posted: Friday, July 3, 2020 1:14 pm

CMSgt. (Ret.) Kenneth Austin “Ken” Maxwell, 90, of Burkburnett, Texas, passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2020.

The family received friends on Saturday, June 27, 2020, at Owens and Brumley Funeral Home in Burkburnett. The funeral liturgy was held on Monday, June 29, 2020, at St. John the Divine Anglican Church, with The Very Rev. John Munson officiating. Internment followed at Burkburnett Memorial Cemetery, under the direction of Owens and Brumley Funeral Home.

Ken was born December 25, 1929, to Stella Mae (Longstreth) and Edgar G. Maxwell in Tridelphia, Ohio.

He attended school in McConnelsville, Ohio, where he was active in sports, especially track and football, graduating in June 1947. He then joined the Air Force.

After completing Basic Training and Pre-Med school in San Antonio, Ken went on to further his education, finishing X-Ray school in 1948. He remained in that field his entire career with the Air Force, earning and retiring as a CMSgt. (E-9). Ken was stationed at Hunter Field, Savannah, Georgia, twice in the next years after X-Ray school and did two tours of duty in England. While in Savannah, he met and married Darlene Lewis.

Ken was sent to Elsworth AFB, Rapid City, South Dakota, in 1963, to be in charge of the X-Ray Department. While there, he met Fern Bulian, the nurse in charge of the OB-Gyn clinic. They were married in April 1967 and moved to Shepherd AFB, Wichita Falls, Texas, where MSgt. Maxwell was assigned to the X-Ray school as an instructor. During this tour, he was instrumental in “setting up” the “Phase 2” program which enables students, in co-operation with MSU, to get college credits toward a BS in Radiology. He remained in charge of this program until transferred to March AFB, California, in 1972. Ken was in charge of the X-Ray Department at the base hospital there and during this time, served on the team that processed the returning POW’s from Vietnam.

CMSgt. Maxwell retired from March AFB, California, in 1975, after 28 1/2 years of service and returned to Burkburnett and made his home. Ken worked for Woodco Supply for several years after retiring, and enjoyed working with wood all his years. He built many lovely pieces of furniture. Ken also liked traveling and visiting the children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his three brothers, Leonard, Willard and Francis.

He is survived by his loving wife, Fern; his sons, Robert Bulian and wife Sharon, Randy Rainey, and Craig Maxwell and his wife, Julie; his daughter, Connie Gray and husband David; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

For those desiring, the family requests memorial donations be made in honor of Ken to St. John the Divine Anglican Church, 1000 S. Berry St., Burkburnett, TX 76354.

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