Theodore David J. Maxwell

Theodore David J. Maxwell My Dad passed away April 2, 2013. His name is Theodore David J. Maxwell. He spent the last years of his life fighting Alzheimer's. He was born May 11, 1937, to Theodore and Jennie Maxwell of Fortuna California. Many people lovingly called Dad "Teddy". Dad was Polish and we spent many years enjoying teasing him with Polish jokes that he took with such great ease. Dad took great pride in himself and his family. He worked hard to build up his company J & J Meats he owned with two other partners Barney Barnhart and Les Ambrosini then later bought Eureka Wholesale Meats. Dad and Barney developed and sold a seasoning they call "Ted and Barney's Butcher Blend and it is loved by many throughout California to this day. Dad spent many years enjoying his Kneeland home. He was a beautiful gardener and enjoyed his flowers and trees, we had a cat named Sunny that would sit on Dad's shoulder while he tended to his flowers. Wood cutting was one of Dads favorite hobbies and we spent many years chopping wood to keep our home warm. Dad lovingly raised a number of children but had 3 biological children of his own. One baby boy did not live more than a few days on earth but he loved him and a song was written about his son that was named after him. Dad raised his little baby girl named Theodora Maxwell, (everyone calls her teddy) on his own from the time she was 2 years old for a number of years and in later years had a son named Adam Maxwell. Dad very much enjoyed old cars and tractors and had a number of them throughout his life time. His oldest car was a Model A he drove around Eureka and a restored John Deer tractor. Sometimes I think Dad was born in the wrong era. He so loved living the old country way and refurbished the Kneeland home making it beautiful and self sustaining. Wood stoves and fireplaces heated the house and he put coiled water pipes through the pot belly stove to heat the water for household needs. The heated water would move through the pot belly stove to the hot water heater where it would stay till we needed it. Oil lamps and a huge gas stove and wood kitchen stove completed the Kneeland home's self sustaining needs. Dad enjoyed making his own old fashion soaps and he was a fantastic cook which made the holiday meals even more special. Dad was much loved by his family and friends, and he spent many Sundays driving to grandma Nana's house to take her to church, this was a special time for just the two of them. Dad also enjoyed Sunday drives and on days he didn't see grandma Nana we'd drive the back country with a picnic basket. Dad had to retire due to his health and spent the last years of his life battling the affects of Alzheimers. Dad is survived by his brother James (Jim & Jan) Maxwell, sister Joan (Joanie & Bill) (Maxwell) Lorton, daughter Theodora (Teddy & Joe) (Maxwell) Wilwerding, son Adam Maxwell and grandchildren. Dad was very well cared for by the people at Timber Ridge and for this I am grateful. He will be lovingly remember by me as a man of great honor. He was my Dad and he didn't have to be, and I will cherish all my memories of him. He raised me and taught me that it takes a special person to be a real Dad and that love and parenting goes beyond the boundaries of biological relations. This lesson and gift he taught and gave me has lasted a life time, and he gave the same lesson and gift to my children, for this I'm grateful. My children lovingly named him Pop I. My cousins Theresa and Laura even called him "Uncle Daddy Ted". So, Dad, Uncle Daddy Ted, Teddy, Pop I, You will be honored in memory until we see you again. I love you Dad and miss you so much!! Your loving daughter Ruth Please sign the guest book at, click obits.

Published in Eureka Times-Standard on Apr. 12, 2013