Gregory B. Maxon

Gregory Blaine Maxon, 52, Rapid City, passed away peacefully in his home on Monday, October 22, 2007, after a brief bout with cancer.

Greg was brought into this world on December 16, 1954, in Bismarck, ND. He attended elementary school in Ft. Yates, ND, Pine Ridge, SD, Moorcroft, WY, Springfield, SD, and graduated from high school in Faith, SD in 1973.

He joined the Navy the year he graduated and was later honorably discharged.

He lived in Texas and Oklahoma in the late 1970s and moved back to South Dakota to continue his higher education at the National American University in the paralegal field, but spent most of his years working in hotel management, customer service and the food service industry.

Greg had a passion for the Chicago Bears, music, movies and had an extended book and sports cards collection. He had a wonderful sense of humor, a heart of gold and an unending passion for family and friends. Greg loved to laugh and make others laugh with him and was loved by everyone and passed away knowing that.

Grateful for having shared his life are his girlfriend of eight years, Autumn Kranzler, their daughter, Kirsten, 5, and his son, Colton, 4, of Rapid City; his parents, Charles and LaVina Maxon, Buffalo, and eight siblings, Shelly Baker, Black Hawk, Kim Davis, Rapid City, Mark Maxon, Vermillion, Kelly (Jeff) Penticoff, Philip, Nan Rasor (Tom), Pearland, TX, Clay Maxon, St. Paul, MN, Eric (Shannon) Maxon, Box Elder, and his step-brother, Billy Smallwood, Oklahoma City, OK. He is also survived by 23 nieces and nephews, and an extened family of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Greg was preceeded in death by his father, Kenneth G. Smallwood, and his grandparents.

Memorial services for Greg will be held at the Mother Butler Center, Rapid City. SD, on Thursday, October 25, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.