Kenneth Eugene Axtman passed away Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at his home near Baker, N.D. from natural causes. He was born to Jacob and Rose (Grad) on March 11, 1938 in Twin Lake Township, rural Knox, N.D. He was raised in Broe Township and graduated from Fillmore High School in 1956. Kenneth married Vickie (Grossman) on July 3, 1961 in Esmond, North Dakota. Over their last 54 years together, they raised their five sons on their second generation farm in Benson County.
Kenneth worked at Blesener Automobile for a period of time in Minot. He also worked as a crop adjuster in the ’90s. Throughout his life he was first and foremost a farmer and rancher. Kenneth took great pride in working with his son, Terry, in the farming and cattle operation until Terry’s passing in 2008. He also took pleasure in using his creative welding ability to provide projects around the community building unique cemetery gates.
Over the years, he was a member of the St. Boniface Catholic Church; the Esmond School Board, serving as President; the Broe Township Board for 34 years, also serving as Chair; the Benson County Farmers Union Board; and the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus.
Kenneth enjoyed spending time with his family and two pets – Dottie and Freddy. Kenneth was a kind and gentle man who will be missed by many for his many acts of kindness and generosity.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Terry; and sister and brother-in-law, Dr. Larry & Sheila Kokkeler.
Kenneth is survived by his wife, Vickie; sons, Steve (Janet) Axtman, Charlotte, N.C.; Kenny (Deneen), Fargo, N.D.; Tim Axtman, Minot, N.D.; and Kevin Axtman, Esmond, N.D. Grandchildren include the following: Tanner, Astrid, Linnes, Taiton, Elsa, Alex and Brady Axtman.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 11, 2015 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Esmond with burial in the church cemetery. Father Brian Bachmeier, Celebrant.
Casket Bearers: Roy Gibbs – Rick Diede – Ronald Kramer – Larry Muffenbier – Blaine Pfeifer – Don Rieger – Kyle Shively – Phillip Volk.
Arrangements with the Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby. Online registry: www.funeralsbyanderson.com.
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