Eugene Max “Gene” Axelson passed away August 17, 2014 at the Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita, Kansas at the age of 82. He was born October 28, 1931 in Hays, Kansas to Arthur and Edna May (Johnson) Axelson.
Although his formal education only extended to the eighth grade, Gene was a successful farmer, community leader, and father. He married Betty L. Jacobs on May 5, 1954 in Plainville, Kansas and they were blessed with four children, Patty, Pam, Janet, and Randy.
Gene was always a hardworking, fun loving man. While spending most of his life farming and raising cattle, he started with the police force in 1968, serving for 25 years, with some of that time as the Chief of Police and ambulance service. He loved to travel, especially the annual trip to Oregon to visit his aunt and uncle. He loved hunting, fishing, and woodworking, could fix anything with Superglue, and was a wonderful gardener. But above all, he loved his family, and took every opportunity to play with his kids and grandkids. They truly were the joy of his life.
Gene is survived by his wife Betty of the home; son Randy Axelson and wife Carol of Stockton; daughters Patty Chesney and husband Keith of Woodston, Pam Hollern of Stockton, and Janet Brown and husband Neal of Natoma; former son-in-law Tim Rigel of Stockton; brother Jim Axelson of Stockton; grandchildren April Chesney, Robyn Gorrell and husband Josh, Billie Chesney, Missy Bedore and husband Pat, Melissa Hemphill, Mindy Miller and husband Tony, Melodie Look and husband Chris, Miranda Huenergarde and husband Adam, Sydney Axelson, Ryan Brown and wife April, and Tyler Brown; and twenty-one great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Edna May Axelson, sister Eleanor Holsman, sister-in-law Shirley Axelson, brother-in-law Robert Holsman, and great-grandson Race Adam Huenergarde.
Gene taught by example how to live honestly, love deeply, serve wholeheartedly, and have fun along the way. He leaves a legacy that will be remembered for generations to come.
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