HERRIN — Richard Don “Dick” Maxey, 86, passed away at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in the Veterans Administration Center in Marion.
Dick was born Feb. 6, 1932, in Herrin, to Loy Clifford and Alice Leona (Bush) Maxey.
He married his beloved wife of 59 years, Loretta Murphy on July 3, 1959, in his front yard in Herrin.
He was a U.S. Air Force veteran who served his country bravely during the Korean War. He was the Middle weight Champion of the Army and even beat Joey Giardello who was then middle weight champ of the world.
Once honorably discharged, he returned home and began working as Foreman at Norge in Herrin for many years, he worked as a butcher at Blue Bell in Du Quoin, but retired as Foreman at Turco in Du Quoin.
He was a Christian and member of Hurricane Memorial Baptist Church in Herrin and a member of the Herrin Masonic Lodge.
He was an avid bowler who also enjoyed going to auctions, going to Turkey shoots, riding horses and fishing with his family. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Survivors include his wife, Loretta Maxey of Herrin; son, Jeff Richard Maxey and wife, Vanessa, of Johnston City; son, John Clifford Maxey of Herrin; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister, Delores Cornell of Herrin; many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Keely Jo Maxey; four brothers and two sisters.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today, Dec. 8, in Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin. The Rev. Don Colson will officiate. Burial will follow in Herrin City Cemetery. Military rites will be performed at graveside by the American Legion and VFW posts with assistance from the Illinois National Guard. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. today at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin.
Memorials may be made to the family and will be accepted at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home, 201 S. 13th St., Herrin, IL 62948.
For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, visit www.hughesfuneralhomes.com.