Rick Maxwell the son of John and Sharon (Russell) Bailey was born July 28, 1951 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and departed this life on April 19, 2019 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma at the age of 67 years, 8 months and 22 days.
Rick enjoyed life and he was very good at telling you what you needed to do. If you had three words to describe Rick they would be: Entertaining, because you never knew what he was going to do or say. Everytime you thought he had said the most incredible thing it was, wait hold my beer. Facilitator: because when he retired from work, he did not retire from supervising, he continued to tell people what to do. Half-Dangerous: he mowed his own shoes and cane while on the mower, enough said. In his later years his hobbies and interests were Facebook and one particular red head. He also enjoyed fishing (which were basically boat rides), his artic cat rides, sight seeing, chuckwagon races, and going to Sam's Club, so he could buy things by the case, and online shopping was always an adventure. Bruno the house dog was very important to Rick, so important that he had his own queen size bed. Rick leaves behind a legacy of family; being together and spending time with not just the immediate family but extended family and friends that were treated like family. One of the most important and happiest days of Rick's life was the day he found out he was going to be a great grandfather. Rick was one of a kind, and he will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his grandson Skyler Heaton.
He is survived by a loving family which includes his wife Carol Maxwell; his daughter Stephanie Heaton and husband Mike of Grove; his son Jason Maxwell and Dana Patrick of Terisita; his brothers Sparky Maxwell, Randy Maxwell and wife Mona, Corina Maxwell, Michael Maxwell and Joe (Beaver) Maxwell and wife Arline; his sisters Sherry Maxwell and Heather Nichole Beese; his grandson Blayne Heaton and wife Haley of Saginaw, TX and his great grandson, who is almost here, Tobias Cain Heaton. He is also survived by Carol's brothers and their wives, sister and her husband, several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and a host of extended friends to include The Boys who lovingly referred to him as grandpa.
Carol, We were neighbors with you and Rick for years, and our kids went to school together. You were so much help to us and our kids over the years. It hurts to lose someone, and even though I can't feel your pain, I hope you know how much my family admires and loves you. It is my wish that you find comfort in this difficult time.
gary wingTahlequah, OK
Dear Carol and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God bless.
Kathy BufordHulbert, OK
Oh Ricky Joe, what will we do without you. You were our comedian, our informant, our planner, our boss, our investigator, but most of all an amazing friend. I loved you and Carol dearly. Im not sure where we go from here but Im thankful your with our sweet boy Skylar watching over us. I promised you in a conservation we once had that I'd always be a close friend and keep an eye on Carol if you ever left us and ill keep that promise. Roy and I will miss you the rest of our lives and when its our time we know youll be there to greet us.
CAROL, I love you as much as any Sister could. I will always be just a phone call away day or night. My heart is beyond sad for you. I know the loving bond i witnessed between you and Rick and if its possible from heaven I know he will miss his "hot redhead" just as much. Love ya Penny & Roy.
Penny RoseHulbert, OK
I love you all so very much and will miss this 'ole man dearly!! Till we meet again Pops, give Skyman the biggest hug for me!!
Lori ClintonTahlequah, OK
Dear Carol, it makes my heart heavy to hear of your loss. My sincerest thoughts and prayers are with you and your kids for your loss. Rick was a funny genuine man and I have fond memories of his shenanigans in our younger years. Much love my friend...
Laura Sequichie-HensonTahlequah, OK
I will always remember your smile and your strong work ethic. You were a special friend and I will miss you.
Roy McConnellGlenpool, OK
From your youngest Brother and family ,( Mona, Tracy, Scotty and Stephen Maxwell USA, Kuwait and Australia
Randy Mona and Stephen MaxwellArmed Forces Kuwait,
Randy and Mona Maxwell,
I will miss you my friend.
Ron orcuttHaskell, OK