John Warren Maxson, age 72, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 5, at St. John’s hospice cottage in Billings.
He attended Laurel schools and was especially pleased to be a member of the Laurel High School (LHS) Class of 1961.
The class members were the core of his friends and he loved the 10 year reunions as well as the informal luncheons. Following high school, he joined the Montana National Guard and served a four-year enlistment.
His early work career included Safeway stores as an assistant manager and Big Horn Implement as a sales representative. The major part of his career was with Burlington Northern and Montana Rail Link until his retirement in 1997 when he was serving as the Rail Link Terminal Manager in Laurel.
Retirement offered the opportunity to “Go West” — but not very far — when John moved to Absarokee to enjoy his cabin on the Rosebud River and his home in the community.
John didn’t play golf, hike the Beartooth Range or vote Republican, but he lived for the weekly cribbage games, drawing a royal flush, and exploring the amazing world of technology.
He was a gracious host to visiting friends and greatly enjoyed “road trips” throughout Montana and to the Ozarks and Pacific Coast. He diligently followed the political scene was acutely familiar with national figures and politics.
John was the son of Evelyn and Duane Maxson of Laurel who preceded him in death, as did his son Scott Maxson.
He is survived by his brother Dennis Maxson (Carol) of Marianna, Fla., and nieces Julie Courtney of Sterling Heights, Mich., Brooke Grant of Colorado Spring, Colo., and Rachel Kravitz of Ladera Ranch, Calif.
At his request, no services will be held and the ashes will be inurned in the Laurel Cemetery.