Rev. Dr. Leland Ceperley Maxson - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Rev. Dr. Leland Ceperley Maxson

Born September 6, 1923

Rev. Dr. Leland Ceperley Maxson, age 91, of Bear, DE, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 1, 2014.

Born in Brookfield, New York on September 6, 1923, Reverend Maxson was a son of the late Daniel M. Maxson and Ethel Ceperley Maxson. He bravely served his country as a member of the US Army in the Pacific during WWII. His strong faith led him to his religious calling and he received his Doctor of Divinity from Luther Rice University and Seminary. Reverend Maxson served as an ordained minister and touched many lives as a faithful servant of Christ for over 50 years.

Known as an excellent handyman, he was happy to lend his skills whenever needed. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and great grandfather who was happiest in the company of his beloved family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his previous wife of 25 years, Joyce Maxson, son, Stephen Maxson and brothers, Marvin, Kenneth, Arnold and Clair Maxson. He is survived by his wife, Karen A. (Kruchten) Maxson; his children, Dean, Deborah, Diane and Joshua Maxson, Darlene Lee, Carol Winward and Kevin Buckworth; sister, Reva Kinney; 7 grandsons; and 1 great grandson.

A funeral service will be held at 6 pm on Monday evening, December 8, 2014, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a visitation for family and friends will be held from 4 pm until 6 pm. A committal service with military honors will be held at 10 am on Tuesday morning, December 9, 2014 in the chapel of the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Luther Rice University and Seminary, Attn: Capital Fund, 3038 Evans Mill Rd., Lithonia, GA 30038.


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18 Condolences for Rev. Dr. Leland Ceperley Maxson

  • Our thoughts are with you and your family.


  • Dear Karen, Joshua, & The Maxson family,

    We lift you all up in prayer.

    Kyle Kruchten

  • Denise and I along with our entire family extend our deepest condolences to Karen, Josh, the entire Maxson family and GSBC family.

    We are grateful to have shared time with Pastor Lee a gentle kind committed leader in Christ. His smile was infectious and of course his handiwork was amazing. I confess I envied his skills because anyone who knows me knows my gifts are not in home repairs.

    Karen and Josh I pray that you’ll be comforted by the love of Christ and the precious memories that you shared with Lee. We rejoice that he is now in the arms of God.

    Grace and peace!

    Rev. Gregory & Denise Ellis

  • Dear Karen, Josh, and family

    I am so very saddened to hear of your loss. I feel blessed to have known Lee for so many years, and to have many wonderful memories of our times together. Please know that you are all wrapped so very tightly in our prayers.

    Love, Melanie, Allan, and family

  • Karen and Josh,
    Lee was a very special man. His faith in the Lord was so apparent in all he did. Lee loved the Word and his willingness to preach/teach it/live it was an inspiration to so many. He touched so many hearts and will be missed by many.

    May the Lord who holds Lee now, continue to sustain you during this difficult time.

    Linda Januario

  • Dear Karen and Josh,

    We will never fail to be thankful for the time we shared in your home and the time I spend in ministry with Lee in homes and hospitals as well as the weekly services. Lee was a man who loved Christ and people with a deep devotion and dedication. He was 100% genuine in seeking the highest for others and worked to have the the ministry at Bear realize its fullest potential. He never tired of sharing the vision he was given years before that created the church. Others are still following his vision in a new way. You and Josh well always be thought of in the window in time that we were give to share with you and Lee. But, we would love to continue to be connected as God directs you into the things He has for both of you in the future.
    Love, Bill and Ruth Anne

  • Karen and Josh,

    Sorry for your loss. Lee was a wonderful person, loved by me and my family. Please know we are praying for you.

    Love you,
    Sheila McLaurin

  • Dear Karen, Josh and Family,

    Our sincere sympathies to each of you at this time of sadness. May God comfort you and inspire you during your grief. And may you find peace and love, and be surrounded by all those who care so deeply for you. You are in our prayers.

    Wanda McCracken

  • My deepest sympathy to all of Lee’s family for your loss. Lee had a love for the Lord and people that was evident daily. Working with Lee over the years was always a joy and reward to me. I have missed that connection ever since he developed Alzheimer’s. Throughout his life he certainly served the community as well as the churches he led. May God grant you comfort and peace as you grieve this great loss.

  • Dear Karen and Josh,

    Our prayers and support are with you in this time of sorrow. But we have the Blessed Hope of Life Eternal. Lee is now at rest. May God bless you and keep you!
    In His Love,
    Harry and Dorothea Johnson

  • Karen and family,

    You have my deepest sympathy in your time of loss. May you find comfort and peace in God’s love. I am keeping you in my prayers.

    God Bless,

  • With deepest condolences sending prayers your way. Rev. Maxson was truly a very special man.

    God Bless


  • Our love and prayers are with you Karen and Josh. We saw the fun pictures of your time in Baltimore with Cheryl Steve Mark and James just a few weeks ago. Glad you could have that special time together. Your husband sounds like he was a wonderful man. It wasinteresting to read about his incredible life.
    Deedee Pichard

  • Dear family members:

    I am sorry to hear of the death of Reverend Maxon. I am the past Executive Director of Rose Hill Community Center and met Leland through Jeff Corti, a deceased board member of Rose Hill. I worked there for 35 years until my retirement last year. Leland helped me with a pesty boiler problem, actually i remember him spending the night one time in our boiler room so he could “see” the problem.

    I remember him fondly.

    Deborah Deubert

  • Dear Karen,
    Please accept my sincere condolences to you and Josh for your loss. Time has a way to preserve the good memories and I am sure you have many!

    Peter Raich

  • Aunt Karen and Josh,

    Thinking about and praying for you both today. Lee was an amazing man, husband and father. Our family cares deeply about the two of you. Love you Aunt Karen, love you Josh. Stay strong.


  • Karen and Josh.
    My prayers are with you that God will give you the strength at this time.
    I just thank God for the time He allowed me to spend with Pastor Lee .
    God bless you and keep you.

  • I was blessed to have known Lee. He had a true servant’s heart!! I will never forget his love for the Lord, his smile, and his genuine caring heart. Of course , I will always laugh and think of him whenever we sing “He Lives” at church … I will always remember him leading the singing, grinning from ear to ear, holding the notes extra long with gusto!

    May God comfort you and Josh with happy memories .