Kermit Leo Maxwell, U.S.M.C., Oct. 15, 1935 – Feb. 8, 2018.

Kermit Leo Maxwell, 82, was a lifelong Missourian, born and raised in Texas County and a 1952 graduate of Mountain Grove High School.

After high school, Kermit joined the Marines and served our country proudly during the Korean War. When his service was fulfilled, he returned home and entered the University of Missouri-Columbia. His interest was business finance and political science. His mind was keen and his knowledge extensive in both subjects.

After graduation from MU, he worked as a loan officer and later became a firefighter for the City of Independence. Kermit served his community with dignity and valor.

He retired to El Dorado Springs, fishing and hunting with his brother, Farris, as this was their true passion since childhood. The “Maxwell boys” were extremely successful hunters and fishermen and they loved the Missouri woods, rivers and lakes.

Kermit was the youngest child of David and Della (Warsham) Maxwell, who preceded him in death, and the brother of five siblings who preceded him in death: Mae, Gene, Jim, Lorene and Farris.

Kermit is survived by four children: David Joseph Maxwell (Sue), Patricia Luann Struckhoff (Mark), James Bryan Maxwell and Suzanna Michelle Walker (Kent); six grandchildren; and 12 great- grandchildren.

Kermit was deeply loved and will be missed by many. His absence will be grieved extensively by his family and many friends.

Memorial Service at Ashland Senior Center 12-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24: lunch, memorial service, military honors.

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