Funeral arrangements are set for the former president of Fort Wayne-based North American Van Lines Inc. Ken Maxfield will be laid to rest Saturday. He was 88. September 16, 2013

Kenneth W. Maxfield

October 26, 1924 – September 15, 2013


Kenneth W. Maxfield, 88, passed away Sunday, September 15, 2013, at home in Fort Wayne. Mr. Maxfield was born on October 26, 1924 in Leo, IN. He attended Leo High School and at the age of 18, joined the Army serving in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. After his discharge in 1946, he attended Loyola and De Paul Universities and graduated with a Bachelor of Law and Doctor of Jurisprudence degrees.

Mr. Maxfield joined North American Van Lines in 1950 and served as President of the Canadian Division in Montreal. Returning to Fort Wayne in 1967, he served as Executive Vice President and became President, CEO in 1977. After 39 years of service, he retired in 1989. Mr. Maxfield was Chairman of the Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce, President of Junior Achievement, Anthony Wayne Area Council, Boy Scouts of America and Lutheran Social Services. He was a member of the Board of Fort Wayne National Bank, F.W. Corporate Council, Director of the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce, member of the Council Airport Authority and President of Trinity English Lutheran Church Foundation. He served on the Board of CRST International C. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and became Laureate of Greater Fort Wayne Business Hall of Fame in 1992. Mr. Maxfield held membership in F.W. Country Club, Sycamore Hills Club, and Mooring C.C. in Naples, FL. He enjoyed golf, fishing and traveling the world.

Surviving are his wife, Beverly Koeneman-Wehrenberg Maxfield of Fort Wayne; son, Kenneth W. Maxfield Jr. of Indianapolis; daughter, Laurie Maxfield-Woodward of Carmel, IN; step-son, Scott H. Wehrenberg of Fremont, IN; step-daughter, Lynn A. Wehrenberg of Fort Wayne; brother, O.W. “Pete” Maxfield of Leo, IN; grandchildren, Shelby and Mitchell Woodward and Taylor Woodward-Barraza of Carmel, IN; Michelle Maxfield of Austin,TX; step-grandson, Anthony D. “Tony” Bowen of Bronx, NY and great-grandson, Hudson Alexander Barraza. Kenneth was preceded in death by his first wife Jean Sandefur Maxfield; parents, James and Lillian Maxfield; brothers, Carl and John Maxfield; sisters, Mary Lou Maxfield-Lauer, and Georgianne Maxfield; and step-son Mark. A. Wehrenberg.

Service is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 21, 2013, at Trinity English Lutheran Church, 405 West Wayne St. with calling 1 hour prior. Calling also at D.O. McComb and Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Road on Friday, September 20, 2013, from 2-4pm and 6-8pm. Entombment in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Trinity English Lutheran Church; Junior Achievement of Greater Fort Wayne; Maxfield Scholarship at IPFW; or Maxfield Charitable Fund at Community Foundation of Fort Wayne.

Source: D.O. McComb and Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home

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