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.