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James E. Maxwell

March 21, 1923 - December 9, 2018


James E. Maxwell, age 95, of Bear, DE, passed away on Sunday, December 9, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Wilmington, DE, on March 21, 1923, he was a son of the late William J. and Elizabeth “Bess” (Brick) Maxwell. James was a proud survivor of the Utah Beach Landing on D-Day during WWII. Following his service, he worked as a supervisor with the Delaware River Bay Authority for 25 years at the West East toll.

A true Blue Hen fan, James held football season tickets for more than 60 years. He enjoyed golfing, shuffle board and visits to Delaware Park. James’ fondest memories were made while spending time with his family. He was a lifetime member of Minquadale Fire Company and American Legion Stahl Post.

In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Iva (Smith) Maxwell and siblings, William, Harry, Sarah, Elsie, Mary, George and Leatrice. He is survived by his children, James Casey Maxwell (Joan L.) of Middletown, Donna M. Walstrum (Reg) of Bear and Linda Outten (Nelson) of Middletown; 6 grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren.

The family would like to send a special thank you to James’ nurse, Lisa of Heartland Hospice.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 11 am until 1 pm on Friday, December 14, 2018, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 1 pm. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in James’ memory to Minquadale Fire Company, 129 E Hazeldell Ave, New Castle, DE 19720.

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  • Donna and Casey so sorry to hear of your Dads passing. Just a sweet and gentle man so fortunate to have him in your lives. May he R.I.P. God bless. The Pecks Rose Sheila and Hook

  • So sorry for your loss, Sending Thoughts and Prayers for all during this difficult time, I hope you all find peace knowing he is with the ANGELS in HEAVEN!! and all your Loved ones that have passed before Him.

  • So sorry to read of Mr. Maxwell’s passing. I remember spending many Saturdays with Jimmy and my Dad; Ray Schaal at the Delaware Football games both in Newark and on the bus trips. He lived a very full life and now can spend his time with other Blue Hen fans and friends and family on the other side. RIP and my condolences to the family.

  • Casey and Family so sorry to hear about the passing of your Father. I know you will miss him. He’s with his old buddies now having a hell of a time. Remember the good times.

  • So sorry to hear about Mr Maxwell he was a very nice guy I just wish u and ur family the best of luck with everything he will be missed May he R.I.P. lov John

  • So sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with your entire family

  • Thanks Franny for the kind words! He lived a full life and he will be missed every day! Hope you are well and living life to the fullest just like you’r Pal R.Mitchell does LOL

  • Donna and family. I was so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Donna and Casey, So sorry to learn of your Father’s passing. We are praying for a fast trip to Heaven to reunite with your Mother.

  • Casey, sorry to hear about the passing of your father, a truly wonderful man that always had nothing but kind words for everyone. I enjoyed seeing him whenever we were at Delaware Park. He used to tease me saying he was going to tell my father I was there. I will miss him as I know you will. Condolences to you and your family.

  • Thanks Ann for your response!

  • Casey, I know how much you enjoyed going to Delaware Park with your father, and that time together will certainly be missed, but always treasured. So sorry for your loss.

  • Casey: so sorry to hear about your Dad. A great friend who always knew how to smile.

  • Donna and family so sorry to hear of Jimmy’s passing ,sending prayers and thoughts to all of you.

  • Casey and the entire Maxwell Family, so sorry for your loss, praying for you all.
    May he R.I.P. Marianne and Joe Lorenz

  • Jim was a good, kind man and will be greatly missed by his friends and staff at Delaware Park Race Track and Casino. His smile and friendly words were so welcome. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.