James Edward Maxwell

April 12, 1939April 10, 2019

James Edward Maxwell, 79, of Greencastle, passed away Wednesday evening at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

James was born in Akron, Ohio on April 12, 1939, the son of Glenn and Opal (Rosenbaum) Maxwell, and was a graduate of Angola High School.

Mr. Maxwell earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Sociology from Valparaiso University. He did post graduate studies at Battelle Institute of Columbus Ohio and Management Studies at Virginia Highlands College in Bristol, Tennessee. He was a devoted member and past President of Kiwanis, as well as a very active member of Greencastle Christian Church, a member of Windy Hill Country Club, and on the board of the Putnam County Board of Health. He began his career in Greencastle as Assistant Manager of Montgomery Ward. Later, he became Director of Marketing and Research with Abbott Laboratories until he retired. James was an avid Chicago Cubs and Blackhawks fan. He loved God, his family, and lived life to its fullest.

Survivors include his wife, Loretta (Duncan) Maxwell; four children, Karen Hagan, Kevin Maxwell, Chip Kessler, (wife-Rhonda), and Christina Bittles, (husband-Rick); eight grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Jerri DeLong; and two grandchildren. Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 15, 2019, at Greencastle Christian Church with Pastors John Tischer and Mark Miller officiating. Burial will follow in New Providence Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, 2019, at Bittles and Hurt Funeral Home or one hour prior to time of Service at the Church.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Putnam County Community Foundation, Kiwanis Endowment, 2 South Jackson Street, Greencastle, Indiana 46135, or may be made online at Memories may be shared with the family at


  • Visitation Sunday, April 14, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, April 15, 2019

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Mary Willard

April 23, 2019

I was so saddened to hear of Jim's passing. He always had a smile on his face and came determined to work hard on any task that was set before him. There was never any challenge too difficult for him or too scary for him to try. I have never seen someone so determined and so willing to push their limits to get better. We would finish one task and he would ask me to make it harder. He did all of this with a never-ending smile on his face and a joke here or there. He could've had a number of excuses and reasons why he couldn't do something, but he never ever used them. He just gave it his best shot and went from there. I will forever remember his determined spirit, ever-smiling face, and determination to be able to continue reaching for his morning coffee. I am sure that God welcomed him with open arms and pray that he and his loved ones find comfort and peace in this difficult time.