Eugene Richard Maxwell, 78, of Villisca, Iowa, and longtime Shenandoah, Iowa, resident unexpectedly entered into rest on Wednesday morning, March 2, 2022, at home. A celebration of Eugene's life will take place on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at 2:00 pm at Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service in Shenandoah with Pastor Anna Miller officiating. Memorials are being directed to the family.
Eugene Richard Maxwell, 78, of Villisca, Iowa, and former longtime resident of Shenandoah, Iowa, unexpectedly entered into rest on Wednesday morning, March 2, 2022, at his home. He passed away at the age of 78 years, 10 months, 21 days. He was born on April 6, 1943, in Clarinda, Iowa, the son of Lorena (Maxwell) Wehrkamp.
His early life was spent growing up in rural Braddyville, Iowa and Clarinda, Iowa. Eugene attended country school near Braddyville and then Clarinda High School.
On November 9, 1961, Eugene was united in marriage to the love of his life, Sharon Kay Reynolds, at the Nazarene Church in Clarinda. Following their marriage, they made their home in Clarinda and later, Shenandoah. They were blessed with four children, Ruth, Ellis, Sharon and Delilah.
A man who loved being outdoors, Eugene worked outside most of his career working for both Mount Arbor Nurseries and Earl May Seed and Nursery up until his retirement. Both before and after retirement, Eugene enjoyed fishing, watching western movies and most of all, spending time with Sharon, family and friends.
Preceding Eugene in death were his wife, Sharon K. Maxwell; daughter, Delilah Sands; mother, Lorena Wehrkamp and stepfather, Charles Wehrkamp. Left to cherish his memory are his children, Ruth Maxwell and significant other, Orval Adams of Villisca, IA, Ellis Maxwell and wife Veronica of Shenandoah, IA, and Sharon Hoyt of College Springs, IA; 13 grandchildren, Lowell Maxwell, Jessica Ernst, Krystyanna Aufenkamp, Briar Hoyt, Montana Hoyt, Kaleena Truex, Santana Sands, Brooke Roach, Shyla Parsons, Bryson Powell, Trenton Powell, Draven Poe and DJ Maxwell; 24 great grandchildren; other relatives; and a host of friends.
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