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Darwin D Maxwell


February 20, 2017

Darwin D Maxwell

Born: Sat., Feb. 23, 1957

Died: Thu., Feb. 16, 2017


3:00 PM Sat., Feb. 18, 2017

Location: Red Lake Community Center

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Mon., Feb. 20, 2017

Location: St. Mary's Catholic Church

Darwin Duane “Doss:” Maxwell, 59 years, passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at the Red Lake IHS Hospital in Red Lake Minnesota.  He was born on February 23, 1957 in Red Lake, MN to Melvina Maxwell and Laverne Desjarlait.

Darwin was raised and educated in Red Lake.  Darwin left home at young age and moved to Minneapolis where he worked as a carpenter for more than twenty years.  While living in Minneapolis, he returned to school and received a GED.

Darwin was a fast car enthusiast and had a passion for Camaros.  This passion led him to becoming a very good car mechanic who loved to buy and rebuild cars; always boasting that it only took him six hours to change a motor.

Darwin returned home in 1999, when an injury forced him into early retirement.  Upon his return, he found his true calling, in the name of the Lord.  For years, he never missed a Sunday Mass. While serving the Lord, he became a church usher.  Darwin went to the church very early to prepare for the days services, until his heath prevented him continuing.  Darwin will always be remembered as a strong, Godly man who enjoyed the simple blessings of life and had never missed an opportunity to have fun along the way, cherishing the moments that he spent with his children and grandchildren.

He is welcomed home by his father; Lavern Desjarlait, step-father; Donald Bernard Brun, grandparents; Baptiste and Bertha Maxwell, who raised him, and nephew; Latrell Stately.

Those he leaves behind to cherish his memory; his mother Melvina Brun of Red Lake, his sons; Ricky (Amanda) Jourdain of Thief River Falls and David (Kara) Jourdain of Red Lake, daughters; Allison (Matt) Jourdain and Roseleah Maxwell both of Minneapolis and Tammy (Blaine) Brummitt of Bemidji, life-long friend and mother of his children; Judy Jourdain, brothers; Ronald (Lisa) Brun and Patrick Brun both of Red Lake, sisters; Mary and Roxanne Brun both of Red Lake, special sisters; Rhonda Wipf and Luanne Strong, grandchildren; Sherman III, Robert Jr., Miguel, Dru, Jacob, Lakota, Shawna, Damian, Eric, Justin, Kalleigh, Tianna, Caitlynn, Delilah, Dave Jr., Taleigha and Matthew and one great grandson; Jayce, aunties, uncles, other relatives and many friends.

A wake for Darwin will begin at 3:00 p.m., February 18th at the Red Lake Community Center and continue until his 2:00 p.m., funeral service on Monday, February 20th at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Red Lake.  Father Jerry Rogers will officiate.  Helping to lay Darwin to rest are Sherman Martell, Robert Brummitt, Dru Brummitt, Brian Brun, Eric Baker, Brett Brun, Talon Rosebear and Brayden Brun.  Alternate pallbearers are Gary Maxwell and Paul Jourdain.  His honorary pallbearers are George Stately, Oliver Beaulieu, Leo Beaulieu, Mike Roberts, Julie Red Eagle, Arlie Wipf, Arnold Maxwell and Darwin Johnson.  Interment will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery at Red Lake following services.

Darwin’s care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker.  Online condolences for the family may be left at


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