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Joseph Walter Riley Maxwell

February 15, 1933 - February 26, 2018

Joseph Walter Riley Maxwell
February 15, 1933 February 26, 2018
Joseph died at home in Keizer,  surrounded by family, after he was been sick for two months. He was 85.
Joseph was born in Boone County, Indiana to Claude and Doris Riley.  The family moved to California when he was 3 years old. On the way to Calif. he had a high fever that led him into deafness.  At the age of 6 years old he attended California State School for the Deaf, Berekley where he graduated in 1954. He went to Gallaudet College, now University, in Washington, D.C. and graduated in 1959 with a degree in Physical Education. He joined a fraternity, Kappa Gamma. He participated in many sports, such as football and track.  He participated in track High Jump in Deaf Olympics in 1957 held in Milan, Italy and earned a Silver Medal. This is where he met his wife Sally, another US Athlete at the Deaf Olympics.
He started working at Kansas School for the Deaf as woodworking teacher and coached football , as well as track. He worked there for 6 years. In 1965 we moved to Falmouth, Maine where Deaf School was on the island. He taught woodworking and coached soccer and track from 1965 to 1978.  While in Maine, our children, Janet and Don were born. Joe built two houses, one in Yarmouth and the other was in Cumberland Center.  We moved to Oregon in 1978 where Joe taught Physical Education until in 1992. He then transitioned to teach Health, Math and Driving Education. He retired in 1994, after 35 years of teaching.  Joseph was preceded in death by his grandfather, his mother, father, stepfather, older brother Claude, older sister Juanita, sister, Carol, and son, Gary Lance. He is survived by his wife Sally, his son, Don Elize, his daughter, Janet, one granddaughter, Amanda, brother, Mel Arlene, three sisters,Barbara, Rosie Ken, Ellen, many nephews, many nieces, many cousins.  According his wishes He wanted no services but Celebration of Life will be on April 7 at Deaf School Cafeteria from 1 to 4 pm.  In Lieu of flowers, the donations will go to: Office of Development, Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave NE, Washington, D.C. 20002 in the name of Joseph W.R. Maxwell. and  Oregon Association of the Deaf, P.O. Box 8054,  Salem, Oregon 97303. Earmarked for any Deaf Oregonian, that has goals to go to the Deaf
Olympics in the name of Joseph W. R. Maxwell.

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