Charles F. Maxwell, 88, of Minatare, Nebraska, died Saturday, January 7, 2023, at his home in rural Minatare. A celebration of Charles’ life will be held at a later date. Cremation has taken place and inurnment with military honors will be held at Fairview Cemetery in Scottsbluff. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting www.reverencefuneralparlor.com.
Charles was born January 20, 1934, in Scottsbluff to Melvin and Rena (Hills) Maxwell. Charles worked in his family’s business, Idlewylde Dairy, milling cows, picking up and delivering milk all across the Panhandle while in his youth. Charles graduated from Scottsbluff High School in 1952 where he excelled in FFA, football (all-state) and rodeo. He served in the U.S. Army 325 Regiment Co. K, 82nd Airborne Division, from 1953 to 1955.
Charles married Betty Jane Shultz on November 27, 1955. They celebrated 49 years together proir to Betty’s passing in 2005. Charles and Betty had four children: Charla, Sandra, Linda, and James.
Charles and Betty moved the family to Minatare and purchased the City Plumbing Company in Minatare in 1962. It grew into a very successful pump and plumbing business that Charles sold upon his retirement. Charles was a member of the Minatare Presbyterian Church for his entire adult life and was especially grateful for the weekly services by phone the past few years.
Charles was also a member of the Minatare Lion’s Club and the Minatare Volunteer Fire Department. He was elected to the Minatare school board and served two terms. He was a Minatare Booster and enjoyed supporting and attending his three children’s numerous activities across the state. He and Betty cherished their family time, especially camping, boating, and skiing at Lake Minatare and Lake McConaughy, as well as traveling to visit their children and grandchildren. Charles was an avid Nebraska football fan and looked forward to each season.
Survivors include his sister, Mayrene (Forrest) Mickey of Morrison, CO; daughters, Charla Herbert of Minatare and Linda (Jeff) Sokolik of Gulf Shores, AL; son, James (Jennifer) Maxwell of League City, TX; grandsons, Michael Sokolik of Minniapolis, MN, Ben (Samara) Sokolik of Memphis, TN, Preston (Adelia) Hubbs of Conifer, CO, and Jackson Maxwell of League City, TX; granddaughters, Grace (Adam Ellis) Wolfsbane of Austin, TX, Sara Sokolik of Wake Forest, NC, and Sydney Maxwell of League City, TX.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Rena; wife, Betty; daughter, Sandra; granddaughter, Hillary; and brother, Dwight.