Retired Maj. Gen. William B. Maxson, USAF, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, from complications resulting from heart surgery in Jacksonville, Fla.
He was born Sept. 4, 1930, in Akron, to Herburt William Maxson and Laura Shively Maxson. He married Nancy Jean Hewett of Lakewood, and she survives.
He flew 281 combat strike missions during the Vietnam War in the tactical jet B-57 bomber. He was awarded the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross and 15 Air Medals. He later commanded two Strategic Air Command Wings (Rome, N.Y., and U Tapao, Thailand), commanded Lowry Technical Training Center (Denver, Col.) and the Air Armament Center (Eglin AFB, Fla.). His awards also included two Distinguished Service Medals, the Defense Superior Service Medal from a tour with SecDef and three Legions of Merit. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1984.
He also is survived by a daughter, Suzanne (John) Maltz; a son, Robert W. (Mary Ellen) Maxson, NOAA, SES and Captain (retired); four grandsons; and two granddaughters.
Mr. Maxson's remains were cremated and private services will be at a later date in Clyde.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association.
Arrangements are in the care of Foos Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 504 E. McPherson, Clyde.