D. Mike Maxwell

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D. Mike MaxwellD. Mike Maxwell age 70 of Tracy, formerly of St. John’s, MI, passed away Friday April 8, 2011 at Prairie Home Hospice in Marshall.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Lake Sarah Baptist Church (1613  191st Street, rural Slayton).

Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Sunday at the Tracy Area Funeral Home in Tracy.  There will be a private family interment held at a later date.  Memorials to the Lake Sarah Baptist Church building fund are preferred in lieu of flowers.  Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com.  Stephens Funeral Service – Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

D. Mike Maxwell was born June 19, 1940 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Leon and Hazel (Mortensen) Austin.  He graduated from St. John’s High School in Michigan in 1958.  After his schooling, in June, Mike entered the US Navy serving with the Seabees until April 1961 when he received his honorable discharge.  Following the service, Mike returned to DeWitt, MI where he was united in marriage to Sharon Parks on June 24, 1961 at DeWitt Community Church.  Together the couple resided in various locations before settling in Marshall, MN.  Mike was a member of Lake Sarah Baptist Church where he taught Sunday school and was a part of the praise team.  He enjoyed remodeling houses, and was an avid trout fisherman.

Mike is survived by his wife Sharon of 49 years and 9 months; children: Steve (Chrystal) Maxwell of Batavia, IL, Kim (Tim) Peck of Mahomet, IL, and Corey (Kim) Maxwell of Stillwater, MN; eight grandchildren: Courtney Maxwell, Leah, Hailee, Mackenzie, Grahm, Cameryn & Sidney Peck and Erin Maxwell; sisters: Linda (Barney) Watts of Chesaning, MI and Karla (Jerry) Vietti of St. Charles, MI; and many other relatives and friends.  He is preceded in death by his parents.

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