John E. Maxson -- Kasson

KASSON -- The funeral for John E. Maxson will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Kasson, with the Rev. Adolf Quast officiating. Burial will be in Home Cemetery in Sleepy Eye, Minn.

Mr. Maxson, 93, of Pine Haven Care Center in Pine Island, formerly of Kasson, died Sunday (May 19, 2002) at the center. He had lived there for seven years.

He was born July 26, 1908, in Pomona, Calif., and grew up in the Philippines and Whittier, Calif. In 1928, he graduated from high school in Whittier, received a bachelor's degree from Whittier College in 1932, and got his teaching credentials from the University of Southern California. From 1942 to 1945, he served as a radio operator and mechanic in the U.S. Army in North Africa. He also was a member of the army band. After his discharge, he worked for Southern California Edison Co. in the utility division from 1945 until his retirement in 1973. On Dec. 28, 1957, he married Bessie M. Niswander Rasmussen in Osseo, Minn. The couple lived in Whittier until 1975, when they moved to Kasson. Mrs. Maxson died in 1995. Mr. Maxson was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and the Kasson American Legion. He enjoyed music.

Survivors include two stepsons, Lyle (Colleen) Rasmussen of Kasson and Boyd Rasmussen of Oakdale, Minn.; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Dibble Funeral Home in Kasson.


Memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church or a charity of the donor's choice.

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