Steven L. Maxwell
Steven L. Maxwell, a Woodstock resident, died on August 15th of complications of ALS ("Lou Gherig's Disease"), two days before his 73rd birthday. An article in the July BEE described his recent contribution of a more convenient customer entrance and exit door to the Woodstock Laundry, a business he had patronized for many years.
Steve was born right after World War II in Richmond, Virginia, to George S. Maxwell and Carolyn H. Maxwell (maiden name: Harris). He had no siblings. His family moved to Boulder, Colorado, where he graduated from high school. He attended one year of school at Idaho State University, before entering the military and serving three years in Vietnam. He went back to school later, and received a Bachelor of Science and Business Administration degree from Oregon State University in 1975, and an MBA from Portland State University in 1992.
Steve worked for Food Services of America from 1994 until 2011, and received Buyer of the Year awards in both 2004 and 2005.
Steve was a generous person, as the BEE story of his gift to the Woodstock Laundry suggested – giving of his time and energy to the Ross Island EarlyRisers Kiwanis Club, Meals on Wheels, and the Red Cross, among other organizations. He served as District Chair for Pacific Northwest Kiwanis for the "Save Old Spectacles" project for many years, collecting used glasses for worldwide distribution.
Steve enjoyed friends, food, reading his newspaper, and encouraging others to "Pay It Forward." He leaves behind no survivors in his immediate family.
A service at Willamette National Cemetery was held on September 9th. A Celebration of Life will take place on Thursday, October 3rd at 6:30 p.m. at the Lucky Labrador Public House in Multnomah Village, at 7675 S.W. Capitol Highway. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Mt Hood Kiwanis Camp, 10725 S.W. Barbur Blvd., Suite 50, Portland, OR 97219.