Kenneth Clark ( Kenny ) Maxon
Nov. 21, 1923 – July 13, 2019
Born in Hooper, Colorado
Resided in Arvada, Colorado
Married May 25, 1946
Kenneth ( Kenny ) Maxon took his last flight home on the wings of Angels to be with his beloved wife of 69 yrs. ( Retha ) on July 13, 2019. Kenny was born on Nov. 21, 1923 in Hooper Colorado to Clark Kilbourn Maxon, and Amelia Christine Maxon. He graduated from La Jara High School as class valedictorian, and attended the University of Denver for one year before the beginning of WWII. He enlisted in the Army Air Corp, ( which became the U.S. Air Force ) and after Officer Candidate School, and several Flight training schools, he was specifically chosen to be an instructor pilot for Troop Carrier Transport Group. Kenny was assigned to the China – Burma theater for the war, where he flew many harrowing flights through the treacherous Himalayas, known as the “Hump”. The Hump’s “Able” air route was considered the most hazardous regularly used air lane in any part of the world.
After the war, Kenny came home and married his wife, Retha in 1946. They moved to La Jara, Colorado, and started a small business with his brother, and began their family. He re-kindled his love for fishing and hunting in the area that was his childhood home. In 1954 they moved to Rifle Colorado to help build, ( and he ultimately become the plant manager ) the Rifle Fish Hatchery. This hatchery was the largest trout hatchery in the world at that time. Kenny’s love of the area around Rifle, with all its beauty, was perfect for his outdoors-man life. He and Retha raised the family at the hatchery and then moved to the Denver Corporate office in 1966. He became the Legislative Liaison for the Game and Fish Dept. and received several letters of “Thanks and appreciation” from the Governor, as well as the Director for the Game and Fish Dept. He would eventually retire after 30 yrs. of service in 1984.
Kenny’s other accomplishments in life were just as extraordinary. He was a fully licensed electrician, as well as a licensed plumber, a fish biologist, a farrier & horse trainer, and he completely build a house. He milked his own cows ( and taught his children ), he learned to be a bee keeper, and he spoke a second language.
While living in Rifle, Kenny Maxon was one of the original members of the newly created Hospital Board, that brought the first hospital to the town of Rifle.
Kenny’s personality was exceptional in that he was honest, witty, intelligent, wise, and personable. Those who worked with him, and knew him, loved him and respected this great man. Kenny would consider all of his accomplishments as lesser achievements when compared to his children and wife. He loved his family dearly, and provided for them as a loving father and a devoted husband.
He is survived by his children: Gary (Kris ) Maxon, Marlene (Kevin) Maxon, Randy (Sharon) Maxon, and Teresa Maxon. Grand children: Vince Anderson, Kristy Joel, Caren Maxon, Camden Maxon, Jacob Fitts, Jackson Fitts.
Memorial Service will be held at the Calvary Church of Golden
1320 Arapahoe St, Golden Colo. 80401
August 10, 2019 1:00 PM
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be sent to
Wounded Warrior Project
P.O. Box 758517
Topeka, KS. 66675