Robert Maxwell, Jr.

 

Bobby was born on May 3, 1931 in Houston, TX to Agnes Albrecht Maxwell and Robert Maxwell, Sr. He was a proud East Ender, and attended Edison Jr. High and graduated from Milby High School in 1949. Bobby was a life-long member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer where he met his wife, Patricia Ann Bleimeyer Maxwell, when they were in grade school. They were married in 1951 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, where they attended until his passing. When he was 14, he went to work for Conrad Anderson at Anderson Printing Co. In 1965, he acquired the business, which ultimately became Twiford-Maxwell Printing Co. Inc. He worked in the printing business until his retirement in 1999. As you can see, once Bobby made a commitment, he was in it for the long-haul. From 1951 – 1954, he served in the United States Air Force and achieved the rank of staff sergeant. From 1952 – 1954, he served at Sculthorpe Royal Air Force Base in England in the 85th Bomb Squadron, where he was crew chief on the B-45, the Air Force’s first jet bomber. The 85th Bomb Squadron also took the first atomic bomb to Europe. The years in the Air Force greatly shaped Bobby, and for many years Pat and Bobby travelled to different parts of the country to attend Air Force reunions. Many of his Air Force buddies became life-long friends, in addition to many friends he grew up with in the East End who also became life-long friends. In 1964, he graduated with a Bachelor in Science in Journalism from the University of Houston, after attending night school over fourteen years. He accomplished this while raising three children, working full time, coaching little league teams and youth football teams, and participating in many leadership positions at the Church. He never missed any of his children’s school activities. He became an active University of Houston alumnus and a proud supporter of U of H sports teams. He especially loved U of H football and basketball. Over the years, these teams brought him great joy and occasionally broke his heart.

The Astros were also a passion of his. He cried when they finally won a World Series. Following the 2017 World Series, a checker at a retail store commented on his World Series cap. He replied that he had been waiting for this cap for 86 years. The checker responded that the Astros had only been in town for 56 years. Without hesitation, he said he had first waited for 30 years for Major League baseball to come to Houston.

In 1960, Bobby became a member of The Houston Club of Printing House Craftsmen. He became active with the Craftmen’s Club, serving on various committees, the board, and eventually President. Again, many of his fellow craftsmen became dear friends for life. The club members were a colorful lot, and Bobby had to hone his people and communication skills. Picnics were big events and many stories were created by the beer that freely flowed. After many years of hard work and dedication, in 1971, Bobby was awarded the Craftsman of the Year Award at the annual Benjamin Franklin Banquet and Dance. At the annual dance, Bobby always looked forward to the singing of Mack the Knife. To summarize the qualities of this extraordinary man, Bobby loved his wife and family. He loved the Lord and Redeemer Lutheran Church. He loved the Air Force and the United States. He loved the printing industry, Houston, and fishing, gardening, and traveling. He instilled in his children and others around him, the loves shown above, and the values of honesty, determination, persistence, community, and compassion.

Bobby was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Pat Maxwell, son Earl Maxwell and wife Anita; daughter, Ellen and husband John Poxon; son Greg Maxwell and wife Brenda; grandchildren and their spouses Robert and Danielle Maxwell, Sam and Cat Maxwell, Brandon and Michael Poxon, Chelsea and Dave Anfenson, Summer and Jason White and Matt Standridge. Surviving great grandchildren are Atticus and Griffin Maxwell, Madison, Ashlyn, and Raelyn White. The family extends special thanks to his physicians , nurses and care givers at Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital, and to hospice care givers at Vitas Healthcare. Family has asked that donations be made to the Redeemer Lutheran Memorial Fund.

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