Kenneth S. Maxwell ,75 of Beachwood NJ died Friday July 19, 2019 following complications from a stroke. He was born in Pottstown, PA and lived in Spring City until he moved to Beachwood in 1957.
He graduated from Toms River High School in 1962. After graduation he served with the USAF where he earned his paratrooper wings in 1966 and advanced into Combat Control MAC Special Forces.
After returning home to New Jersey he became employed by Ciba-Geigy Corp where he retired after 31 years. Upon retiring he returned to school where he earned his degree as an A&P (Air Frame & Power Plant) for aircraft where he later taught at the Jackson Vocational Technical School
He never stopped learning. He obtained his private pilots, commercial, instrument, multi-engine & seaplane ratings.
He was a Major in the Civil Air Patrol, where he flew his own aircraft on search and rescue missions. He was a founding member of the Black Sheep Squadron, where he flew Search & Rescue missions for the Ocean County Sheriffs Department.
He loved restoring antique cars and received numerous awards from the Antique Automobile Club of America where he is a lifetime member. He was also a founding member of the Antique Automobile Club of Ocean County in 1969 where he had served as President. His love of vehicles didn't stop at cars. He was an motorcycle enthusiast as well.
He served with great pride in the Manitou Park Vol. Fire Dept. of Berkeley Township and earned Lifetime membership with the company.
He was a member of the Train Collectors Association and loved restoring toy trains as a hobby. His artist talent was not limited to trains. He was an avid artist and painter. His favorite subject to paint were Corsair airplanes.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Ida & William Maxwell. Surviving is his wife of 52 years Janis Achord Maxwell, one son, William “Tiger” Maxwell & his wife Dr. Aliona Aculov Maxwell, three grandsons, Liam, Travis & Zachary of Forked River and his precious niece Stephanie “Stinky” Thomas of Plymouth, Indiana.
He had numerous pets not limited to Scooter & Fuzz Bug, his beagles and Jackie his parrot of 37 years.
In lieu of flowers the family request to please send monetary donations in memory of Kenneth S. Maxwell to Monmouth Medical Center Foundation Att: Kelly Boyer 300 Second Ave, Long Branch,NJ 07740 Checks can be made payable to MMCF- Big Steps or visit www.bigstepsforlittlefeet.com