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Junior Maxwell

May 17, 1927 ~ June 27, 2022 (age 95)


Leroy “Junior” Maxwell’s life began on May 17, 1927 in Augusta, KS; the son of Leroy and
Ernestine (Poynter) Maxwell. As a young man Junior was drafted into the United States Army and proudly served his country. Junior presented himself as Tex Ritter’s #1 fan in all aspects of life, his home nearly a museum in tribute to Tex. Junior was an honorary member of the Tex Ritter fan club and was dedicated to going annually to the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame/Tex Ritter Museum since 1993. Junior enjoyed watching soap operas ,Old Western movies, game shows and anything to do with Tex Ritter.
He kept a large collection of items relating to his favorite movie stars, some of which were Alan Ladd, Marilyn Monroe and many more. A committed Tex Ritter fan, Junior met several members of the Ritter family including Tex Ritter and his wife . Junior worked for 45 years at Steffens Dairy, working in all aspects of the company.
During his life he enjoyed many hobbies including walking. He regularly walked 4-5 miles a day for many years. At Juniors last count he had walked 35,000 miles since he retired and found 500 dollars in change on his walks. Junior was devoted to his hobbies and collections and was even more devoted to his family whom he would do anything and everything for.
Junior spent many years helping care for his sister Betty when she had Alzheimer's Disease and was always there for his nieces and nephews in any way possible. Junior enjoyed spending time with his family and was one to always bring side-splitting laughter to family gatherings. He had a quick wit for writing poems/limericks. Jr took great pleasure from the little things in life and made the most of his many days on earth. He always said that all he needed was “good food, good sleep and a good laugh”. His laughter and kind soul will be truly missed by all who loved him.
Junior’s family includes his nieces and nephews, Greg Maxwell of Andover and Jeanine Maxwell; Pam (Tom) Nesmith of Albuquerque, NM, Pete Scanlon of El Dorado, Chris (Becky) Scanlon of Cassoday, Sheryl (Mike) Howerton of El Dorado, John (Renee) Scanlon of El Dorado, great nieces and nephews, Brandon Maxwell, Luke Scanlon, Lindsey Nesmith, Tyler Nesmith, Andrew Howerton, Alison Stramel, Connor Scanlon, Sydney Scanlon, Joshua Maxwell, Manuel Maxwell and Nicole Maxwell.
Junior passed away on June 27, 2022 in Wichita, KS. He is preceded in death by his siblings, Wayne Maxwell, Dale Maxwell, Betty Scanlon, nephew Scottie Maxwell, and niece Lana Maxwell.
Cremation has taken place and private graveside services will be held at Sunset Lawns Cemetery in El Dorado, KS. Memorial contributions in Junior’s name may be made to The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame/ Tex Ritter Museum. 310 W Panola St. Carthage, TX. 75633. Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory at

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Sunset Lawns Cemetery
2100 SW Traffic Way
El Dorado, KS 67042


Sunset Lawns Cemetery
2100 SW Traffic Way
El Dorado, KS 67042

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