Memorials Suggested: Glen Axthelm (1923-2016)
Glen Eldon Axthelm of North Platte, Nebraska and Ft. Collins, Colorado, 92, loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend, passed away peacefully on May 19th, 2016 at Pathways Hospice in Loveland Colorado.
He was born November 23rd, 1923 in Gothenburg Nebraska, the youngest of 7 children to Elmer and Grace Axthelm. He graduated from Gothenburg high school and on April 12th 1943 and at the age of 19 was drafted by the Army during WWII.
Glen tested high enough during boot camp that the Army sent him to Yale to study engineering before sending him overseas to serve his country. During the battles in the Black Forrest and Hertguhn Forrest just outside of Simmerrith, Glen was awarded the Bronze Star. After he was discharged on January 22nd, 1946 he attended the University of Nebraska.
Glen met the love of his life, Colleen, at a dance in Cozad, Nebraska and they were married May 27th, 1951. They then farmed south of Gothenburg where they were hailed out 5 years in a row. Glen always said he took that as a sign he needed to do something else, so in 1956 he moved his family to North Platte, Nebraska where he went to work as the farm manager for the University of Nebraska Experiment Station. He retired from there 30 years later in 1986.
Glen was an avid golfer and helped build the sand green golf course on the south side of Lake Maloney in North Platte. His love of the outdoors led their family on many camping, fishing, and hunting outings. But his love of his family was what he held closest to his heart, especially tracking his grandchildren’s progress in life. After retirement Glen enjoyed frequent trips to Grand Island to watch the ponies and the occasional games of chance with Colleen.
Survivors include their 3 children, Susan Axthelm of Ft. Collins, Colorado, Dr. Dan Axthelm (Carole) of Ft. Worth, Texas, Todd Axthelm (Demaris) of Spearfish, South Dakota, 11 grandchildren Zoe (Yancy), Kenzi Jo (Joe), Shanda, Brock, Calan (Meredith), Kashia, Taylee, Hana, Clare, Grace and Daereese, and 4 great grandchildren, Sirena, Austen, Grayson and Franklin.
Glen was preceded in death by his wife Colleen, an infant daughter Zoe Ann, his parents Elmer and Grace, and his 6 brothers and sisters.
In lieu of flowers we would ask that you donate to your local Doctors without Boundaries or Saint Jude in Glen’s memory.
A memorial service and internment will be held at the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis South Dakota at a later date to be announced.