Ralph Omer Maxwell, Jr., age 88, passed away Monday, September 30, 2019 at his home. Ralph was born June 16, 1931 in Conway Springs, Kansas to Ralph Omer Maxwell, Sr. and Evelyn Sullivan Maxwell. The family left Kansas and eventually settled in Hagerman, Idaho.
Ralph was a three sport athlete, playing football, basketball and baseball and was the senior class president of Hagerman High School class of 1950. After four years in the Navy he returned to Boise where he attended Boise Junior College and played football for Lyle Smith. Ralph remained an avid Bronco fan for the rest of his life.
While serving in the Navy and stationed at Fort Mugu, California, Ralph witnessed the first missile shot from a submarine.
Ralph married Sharon Haines and had a daughter Dianna and a son David. They later divorced. Ralph then married Myrna Balukoff Kirwin on October 31, 1981.
Ralph worked for Galey Construction and then Western Construction hauling heavy equipment. He had the honor of driving over 1 million miles accident free. When he and Myrna retired they started a second career creating and selling at local bazaars. Ralph spent hours in his woodshop creating a variety of items which Myrna then used her talents to tol paint. They gifted these amazing pieces to friends and families, as well as selling them at bazaars around the area. Together, they were very talented and have given their family many cherished treasures.
Ralph is survived by: his son David, wife Kristin and their children Shianna and Kilynn Maxwell; Dianna’s children Danielle Cullip and her children Blake, Jocelyn and Ian as well as Breanna Jameson, her husband Jake and son Grant; step children Michael Kirwin, Stephanie Macy and Valerie Levitt; and his sister, Eva Jo and her husband Gene Stevens.
He was preceded in death by his wife Myrna and his daughter Dianna McKay as well as nine of his eleven siblings and his parents.
A graveside service will be held at Cloverdale Funeral Home on Friday, October 25, 2019 at 2 pm.
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