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Monty Max Maxwell

Monty Max Maxwell, 78 of Waukegan, IL passed away on April 20, 2022, after a long and brave battle with lung cancer. He is preceded in death by his youngest son David Ray Maxwell. 

He is survived by his sister Melba Cash of Dibble, OK and his children Tonya (Dale) Johnson of Sallisaw, OK, Mark (Kim) Maxwell of Fort Smith, AR, James (Jennie) Maxwell of Prospect, KY and Maggie (Jaime) Morales of Beach Park, IL. Grandfather to Jessie (Ricky), Nevaeh, Jarek, Annelee Whitworth, Shae, Cayson, Ellie, Selena Johnson, Erica (Nicholas), Shelby, Amelia Curry, Michael (Jessica), Chevelle, Brandy, Charlie Maxwell, Lacy Gillespie, Ryett Ryker and Olivia and Lydia Morales.

Early in his career, Max served in both the United States Air Force and Navy. He retired from the Navy shortly after his family relocated to Waukegan, IL. Following his military service, Max worked for Motorola as a technical writer and instructor. He dedicated his retirement to caring for his youngest daughter Maggie’s little girls. A doting grandfather, he loved teaching them about science and math and even volunteered at the girls’ preschool.

Max leaves behind countless nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Per his request, no public services will be held. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to The Lake County Community Foundation

Arrangements entrusted to Chicagoland Cremation Options of Schiller Park, Illinois.


I am very sad that Max has died. I met him in early 2012 at the first "Drinking Liberally" gathering that I ever attended and immediately was taken with his sharp mind and how articulate he was. I vividly remember in 2012 crying with him and others when it was announced that Barack Obama had won the election.
Over time I got to know how skilled he was and his wide range of interests and depth of knowledge in each of those interests. We could talk for hours and never run out of topics to discuss. He was quite an inventor. I wonder how many people knew he spoke Russian.

He absolutely loved the dogs he had in his life.

Importantly he loved and immensely enjoyed his two granddaughters who lived close to him.

Max was a very special person. I will always miss him.

Through love he will be remembered. And by memory he will live.

Jacqueline Ziegler Apr 30 2022 11:52 PM

I met Max in the Air Force shortly after graduating from High School. Our paths crossed again about a decade ago in the Chicago Suburbs. Max became my best friend. He was talented and brilliant, He had extraordinary mechanical talents and explored clarifications of science and improvements in the human condition. There could not have been a better friend.

Harold Taggart Apr 28 2022 9:53 PM