---- — 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.
Phil was preceded in death by his parents; twin brother, David Paxton; brothers, Merritt Paxton and Loyal Roop; and sisters, Letha Roop and Patricia Paxton.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Ollie Baptist Church in Ollie. Burial will follow at Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Ottumwa. Military honors will be presented by the Arendt Bolin Stubbs Post #83 of Hedrick.
Visitation will begin at noon Thursday at the Fremont Funeral Chapel with family present to greet family and friends from 5-7 p.m.
Memorials may be made to Keokuk County Fire and Rescue or Wapello County Hospice.