OTTUMWA — Philip Jay Paxton, 87, of Ottumwa, passed away June 23, 2013, at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Ottumwa.
Phil was born Sept. 27, 1925, near Ollie in Keokuk County to David and Edythe (Sonner) Paxton. He graduated from Hedrick High School in 1943. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He managed the Benteco Store in Hedrick, owned and operated a donut shop in Marshalltown and worked for John Deere Ottumwa for 30 years.
Phil was a member of Ollie Baptist Church, where he served as a trustee and on the Diaconate Board. He was a member of the American Legion Post #83 of Hedrick, the Hedrick Lions and the Fremont Lions.
He married Mary Louise Williams on June 5, 1943, in Lancaster, Mo. He enjoyed country living, raising cattle, fishing, camping and hunting. Most of all, he loved being with his family.
Phil is survived by his wife of 70 years, Mary Louise; daughters; Marilyn (Larry) Anton of Carrollton, Texas, and Judy (Rick) Grooms of Ottumwa; sons, Allen Paxton of Hedrick, Stan (LuAnn) Paxton of Eldridge and Dennis (Kristi) Paxton of Cedar Falls; 11 grandchildren, Bob (Michelle) Schertz, Bryan (Brenda) Schertz, Chris (Johanna) Goodwin, Joe (Tracy) Goodwin, P.J. Paxton, Coby Paxton, Aaron (Misty) Nolan, Eric (Lisa) Paxton, Jenny (Christopher) Green, Schuyler (Abbey) Paxton and Lauren Paxton; three step-grandchildren, Chad (Jehan) Anton, Michael (Samantha) Grooms and Todd (Megan) Grooms; 11 great-grandchildren, Jordyn (Steven) Hughes, Whitley Schertz, Taylor Schertz, Ashley Goodwin, Madison Goodwin, Sage Goodwin, Garrett Goodwin, Addyson Green, Emma Green, Peyton Paxton and Isla Nolan; 10 stepgreat-grandchildren, Kiev Anton, Fiona Anton, Novak Anton, Paige Grooms, Navy Grooms, Macy Grooms, Elizabeth Grooms, Jack Grooms, Tanner Jones and Alek Smith; three great-great grandchildren, Lylah Hughes, Kallan Goodwin and Allyson Lewis; brother-in-law, Gene (Joyce) Williams; sisters-in-law, Louise Paxton and Marian Paxton; and several nieces and nephews that he loved.