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Charles Axtell

April 22, 1956 — September 22, 2022


Charles Axtell

Charles A. Axtell, of Vicksburg, MI passed away at home surrounded by his family, on Thursday, September 22, 2022, at the age of 66.  He was born in Kalamazoo, MI on April 22, 1956, the son of Charles & Dolores (Ludwig) Axtell. 

Charles graduated from Vicksburg High School in 1974 and remained a lifelong resident of Vicksburg.  He met Shirley Jenks in high school, and they were married on March 11, 1974.  Charles and Shirley just celebrated 48 years of marriage in March.  He worked in the gas department for Consumers Energy for many years.  Charles had many hobbies; farming, hunting and football.  His favorite by far was farming.  Growing up Charles always wanted to be a farmer and chose farming as his main hobby.  He was passionate about football and the Detroit Lions; his family would join him every Sunday to watch the game.  

One of the greatest joys in his life was spending time with his grandchildren.  They talked on the phone for hours, spent entire summers together, and loved to ride with him on the tractor.  Charles never missed one of his grandsons, Logan and Charlie's, football and baseball games. He also loved watching them play and ride their four wheelers around the farm. One of his proudest moments was watching his grandson, Timmy, play football at Kalamazoo College. 

Left to cherish Charles’ loving memory are his wife: Shirley Axtell; children: Alicia Axtell (Jason VanderStratten), Charles (Amy) Axtell, Robert Axtell and James Axtell; grandchildren: Timothy Axtell, Logan VanderStratten and Charlie Axtell; sister: Cherly Axtell; and his best friend since childhood: Miles Breece.

Charles is preceded in his passing by his parents.

In accordance with Charles’ wishes cremation has taken place.  A celebration of life will be held at a later date for friends and family.

Memorial contributions can be made to Lung Cancer Research Foundation; 501 7th Avenue, Suite 401, New York, NY 10018.

While at please take time to sign Charles' guestbook and/or share a memory with his family.

The Axtell family is being cared for by the Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Homes and Cremation Society, 129 S. Grand Street, Schoolcraft, MI 49087.

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