James W. “Doc” Maxwell, DO

James Waldron “Doc” Maxwell, DO, 85, of Benton Harbor, passed away, Saturday, September 05, 2015 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 11:30 A.M. Wednesday, September 9 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Rev. Terry Schneider officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery, St. Joseph.  Friends may call from 5:30 until 8:00 P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home, with Masonic Rites conducted at 7:30 P.M.  Memorial Donations may be made to Scottdale United Methodist Church, St. Joseph-Benton Harbor Rotary Foundation or Lakeshore Lodge #298 F&AM Scholarship Fund.   Those wishing to sign Jim’s Memory Book online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.

Jim was born September 13, 1929 in Chenoa,  Illinois to D. Richard & M. Louise (Waldron) Maxwell.  He graduated from the University of Maryland and was accepted at the Kansas City College of Osteopathy.  He served his internship & residency at the Kansas City Osteopathic Hospital.  On September 1, 1956, he married the former Hannah Funk in Turner, Kansas.  Soon after they moved to Benton Township where Doc Maxwell established his family practice, which he operated for 55 years until his retirement in 2014.  He was a member of the American Osteopathic Association, Twin Cities Amateur Radio Club, the St. Joseph-Benton Harbor Rotary Club where he was a recipient of the Paul Harris Award, a member of The Grand Mere Gun & Rifle Club, a life member of the National Rifle Association and an expert marksman.  He was a 50 year member of Peace Temple United Methodist Church in Benton Harbor until the church closed in 2009 and he joined Scottdale United Methodist Church.  Jim was also a 32 degree Mason with Lakeshore Lodge #298 F&AM in Benton Harbor and a member of the Valley of Grand Rapids Scottish Rite, and served as a Benton Township Reserve Police Officer for many years.  In his free time Jim enjoyed Chicago Cubs and Detroit Tigers baseball, Ham Radio-N8RYD, studying astronomy and taking photos of the solar system with his telescope, and riding his Harley anytime the weather permitted. He was a quiet, soft-spoken man with a vast amount of talent and abilities.  He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Jim is survived by his wife Hannah; his son Richard Maxwell of Benton Harbor; his brother-in-law Richard Dean Funk of San Angelo, TX; his long-time office receptionist & family friend-Marjorie Muirhead of Stevensville; and his beloved feline companion Waldo.  He was preceded in death by his son David on April 2, 2000, his parents, and his brother-in-law & sisters-in-law James & Gay Funk and Dorothy Funk.

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