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Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home
Friday August 27th, 2021
2:00pm - 4:00pm

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Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home
Friday August 27th, 2021

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Lawrence C. Maxson

Lawrence C. Maxson

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.---Lawrence C. “Buck” Maxson, 82, of Shinglehouse and formerly of Kotzebue, Alaska, passed away on Thursday, August 19, 2021, in the Bradford Manor, Bradford, after a long illness.
Born on Sunday, May 21, 1939 in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of Welcome R. and Lucille Kemp Maxson.
Buck was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School, Class of 1957, in Shinglehouse and was a graduate of Sparton School of Aeronautics, receiving a license in aircraft power plant and air frame maintenance. He was a US Army veteran having served from 1957 to 1960 in the Army Aviation unit.
He was employed by E.R.A. Helicopters in Carpinteria, California and from there Buck went to Anchorage, Alaska on May 7, 1962. In 1963 he went to work for Wien Airlines in Fairbanks, Alaska. His job with Wien took him to Kotzebue, Alaska as an aircraft and power plant mechanic. In 1965, Buck secured his private and commercial pilot’s license. In 1970 he took a full-time flying position with Shelbager Flying Service. In 1972 he was awarded an air taxi certificate which brought forth, Maxson Aviation. In 1979, he sold Maxson Aviation and in 1980 purchased oil property on the Eleven Mile Road in Shinglehouse.
The love of Alaska and flying took him back to Kotzebue in 1982 where he started Artic Air Guides which he owned and operated, flying summers in Alaska and returning to Shinglehouse for the winter.
Buck was a member of Alaska Airmen’s Association and the Air Force Museum. He enjoyed hunting and aviation.
Surviving are a daughter, Lori A. (Craig Bixby) Maxson of Spring Hill, TN; two sons, Allen W. R. (Tammy) Maxson of Shinglehouse and Lou B. Maxson of Henderson, Nevada; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Gary L. Maxson of Shinglehouse; and a niece and three nephews.
In addition to his parents, Buck was predeceased by a brother, Ronald W. Maxson.
Family and friends may call from 2pm to 4pm on Friday, August 27, 2021, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where a memorial service will follow at 4pm with Pastor Clint Pearsall of Oswayo, officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alaska Aviation Museum, 4721 Aircraft Drive, Anchorage, Alaska 99502.
Buck entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of Buck, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.


Buck had a full life before Dementia not only robbed him of being himself but, also robbed him from his family and friends.

He is free now, he's joined Lee Stahle, Jimmie Anderson, Ron Kalkdy, along with any number of other friends and buddies out flying and hunting

When they finish flying for the day Buck will assume The Back Leaning Rest Position with a good Western Paperback

I'm sure at some level he is with us now and always will be. One day you may be in some unexpected situation, and you'll hear Bucks advise whispering in your ear.

Or, out of the blue you'll remember a joke or conversation you had with him at one time or another

Finally, may all your little smiles turn into BIG ones!!!

Craig Bixby Dec 29 2021 1:20 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Lawrence Maxson

Craig Bixby Dec 29 2021 1:17 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Lawrence Maxson

Lori Maxson Dec 22 2021 10:02 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Lawrence Maxson

Sharon Prentice Dec 20 2021 11:40 AM

In 2000-2001 I had the pleasure of flying with Buck out of Kotzebue in his Maule on floats. Seeing Buck get in and out of a Maule so easily was impressive. If you've tried it, you'd understand. With propane, gas and Lord knows what other cargo we'd carry I was off on a mission to somewhere beautiful, taking in the sights from the right seat, hearing about his home just three counties over from mine in good ole PA. Alaska has a lot of "characters" and Buck was certainly well known. RIP Buck, I appreciate all the safe flights, humor and stories (possibly not all true) that you shared!

Scott Oct 4 2021 7:00 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Lawrence Maxson

Charla sanford Sanford Aug 30 2021 9:06 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Lawrence Maxson

Carla Maxson-Long Aug 26 2021 7:54 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Lawrence Maxson

Alvin Newlin Aug 25 2021 2:09 PM

Lori, Lou, and Allen,
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May Buck rest in peace, remember the good days spent with your Dad, he was truly one of a kind. Love, Grace Maxson Titus

Grace Titus Aug 23 2021 2:50 PM

Rest in Peace Buck

Tom Owens Aug 23 2021 12:33 PM