Sept. 25, 1925 — June 28, 2013
Stuart Arthur Maxwell was born Sept. 25, 1925, in Kimberly, Idaho, to William Maxwell and Myrtle (Silvers) Maxwell. He moved in 1933 with his family to Winthrop, Wash., where he spent most of his school years. In 1942, the family moved to Pasco. Stuart joined the United States Army Air Corp in November 1943 and served his country faithfully in the Marianas Islands in the North Pacific during World War II, being honorably discharged in January 1946. He worked for family in the Kimberly, Idaho, area as a farm hand for two years then attended Washington State University, majoring in history from 1946 to 1948.
He transferred to Seattle Pacific College and worked part-time for Boeing. While attending Seattle Pacific College, he met Esther Setzer, a registered nurse at the hospital who was also attending SPC. They married in 1957. He trained to be a plumber under his father-in-law, John Setzer, eventually getting his master plumber’s license in King County, Wash. Stu and Esther built a house in Renton, Wash., and during that time, Carl and Richard were born. Wanting a more rural setting, they built a house outside of Maple Valley, Wash., in 1962, and shortly after, Ruth was born. Stu and Esther were able to have a milk cow and chickens on the Maple Valley place, but in 1966, they made the decision to move to the old Welch farm outside of Dayton to be closer to Stuart’s aging parents in Waitsburg. Stuart continued to practice plumbing. He and Esther raised milk cows, beef cattle, chickens and pigs along with a very large vegetable garden to feed their growing family. Sharon was born in 1967. One of the local doctors convinced Stu to let Esther come back to work as a nurse part-time at the Dayton hospital in 1972, which helped to supplement the family income. Stuart and Esther made many friends in the Dayton/Waitsburg area and were active, longstanding members of Dayton First Baptist Church (Community Bible Church), being involved in AWANA, as well as Stuart being Deacon then Elder in their church and a member of Gideons International. As children graduated from the Dayton school system and headed off to college and then married, Stu and Esther saw no further need for the milk cows. So upon Sharon’s graduation from college, the final milk cow was sold. A few beef cattle and pigs remained. Stu and Esther continued to generously supply their children and their families with meat plus freely giving away produce from the garden and their fruit trees, not only to family, but to neighbors, friends and those in need. As Stuart aged, he could no longer care for the farm, but he and Esther continued to open up the use of the farm to families in town who wanted a place to raise livestock as 4H projects. Health for both Stu and Esther dramatically declined. Their family convinced Stu that it was time to sell the farm and move somewhere where family could care for them. Youngest daughter, Sharon, and her builder husband, Les, along with their family built a small home next door on their rural acreage outside of Bozeman, Mont., with Stuart’s and Esther’s other children helping as they had time. The family moved Stuart and Esther to the new home in March of 2011, selling the Dayton farm in June of that same year.
Stuart’s health continued to decline and on June 28, 2013, at 7:15 a.m., Stuart passed in the presence of his wife and daughters from this world into the Presence of his LORD and Savior. He leaves behind his wife, Esther; sons, Carl (Judy) and Richard (Teresa); daughters, Ruth (Frank) and Sharon (Les); their grandchildren, Jody (Kyle), Corrie (Josh), Lacey, John (Hannah), Jonathan, Elisabeth, Stephanie, John, Maxwell, Nathon; and great-grandchildren, Clara, Isaac, Caleb, Orrin; his brother and sister Jack (Penny) and Willa (Don); and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents.
His family would like to thank Home Care Services, Rocky Mountain Hospice and Drs. Popwell and Cleary of Bozeman, Mont., for their tremendous support in Stuart’s last few months of life. His family also wishes to thank all who have prayed for and supported Stuart and his family during this time.
Memorials can be sent to Gideons International (Gideons.org). Cremation has taken place and a memorial service is planned for Aug. 31, 2013, in Bozeman, to enable all family to attend. Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.