Thomas Maxwell


April 5, 2012 - 12:00 AM

Thomas R. Maxwell, 84, of Iola died Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at Iola Nursing Center.

Tom was born Dec. 8, 1927, in Oakmont, Pa., the son of John V. and Edith (Mattner) Maxwell. He grew up in Pennsylvania and graduated from high school in 1945 at Aspinwall, Pa. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He received his bachelor’s degree from Muskingum University in Ohio, where he met his future wife, Joann Hostetler. He received his master’s in animal science from Kansas State University.

On Dec. 28, 1953, Tom and Joann were married in Smithville, Ohio. They moved to Iola in 1954. Tom worked for the Kansas Cooperative Extension Service of Kansas State University. He served 38 years as a county agent in Allen County and also worked in 4-H and agriculture.

He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church and was a former Kiwanis member. Tom was a K-State fan who enjoyed gardening, family trips and spending time with his family and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife; four children, Ann McLean, Iola, Tom and his wife, Jane, Salina, Linda Laughlin and her husband, Michael, Eden Prairie, Minn., and Eric J., Iola; 10 grandchildren, Kristen Triebel, Brett McLean, Abby, Sally and Andy Maxwell, Tom, Greg and Kim Laughlin, and Molly and Eric T. Maxwell; and two great-grandchildren, Brielle Triebel and Austin Maxwell.

He was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law and grandsons, Lisa, Joel and Avery Maxwell, and his brother, John.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel in Iola.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Wesley United Methodist Church in Iola. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery in Iola.

Memorials to Wesley United Methodist Church may be left at the funeral home. Online condolences for the family may be left at


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