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Clinton W. Maxwell

Clinton W. Maxwell died on Aug. 15, at the Minnesota Veteran's Home in Silver Bay, surrounded by love.

Max was born on Feb. 22, 1927 in Grand Forks, N.D., to Orpha and Percy Maxwell.

During his childhood years, Max's family lived in numerous small towns in Minnesota while his father worked for the state highway department. Max graduated from Owatonna High School in 1944. He joined the army and served stateside until 1946, working in survey and tank supply. He was stationed at Fort Knox, Fort Leonard Wood and Fort Riley. Max attended the University of North Dakota (Grand Forks) and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering.

Max's career in the Engineering Department of Reserve Mining Company (Silver Bay) spanned 30 years. He was a loyal engineer, whose passions were the development of the delta, the golf course, and Milepost 7.

Clinton "Max" married Lillian Mattson on Dec. 26, 1952, in San Francisco, Calif. They were married for 52 years until her passing on Aug. 4, 2005. He continued to adore her throughout his life.

They raised four children in Silver Bay: the twins; Sally Maxwell (Dean Gies) and Clinton E. (Gigi) Maxwell, Sandy Maxwell (Robert Cunningham), and Jana (Ron) Olson. He has eight grandchildren: Elsa, Walter, Robin, Lief, Sarah, Guthrie, Sean and Jamie, and a great-grandson, Roman.

Max loved his kids (all No. 1) and grandkids. He enjoyed organic gardening, planting trees, investing, traveling, winters in Arizona with Lin, conservative politics, music, and his cats. He was proud of having built two homes. He had many decades of sobriety and was a former lay reader in the Episcopal Church. He grew in grace.

He is survived by three sisters: Rhoda Maxwell Ashland, Ore., Virginia McBride, Virginia, Minn. and Sara (Herb) Argabright of Toston, Mont.; sister-in-law, Charlotte Ulland, and two brothers-in-law, Herb Argabright and Bob Olien. He fondly remembered his first cousins from North Dakota, as well as his many nieces, nephews and friends. He had a special place in his heart for his brothers-in-law who preceded him in death.

A heartfelt thank you to his caregivers at Ecumen-The Shores and Memory Care in Duluth, and the Minnesota Veteran's Home in Silver Bay for their compassionate care.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Beaver Bay Community Center.