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David D. Axelson, 87

David Donald Axelson, age 87, of Hallock, formerly of Cokato, died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013.

A memorial service will take place Monday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. at Red River Lutheran Church, rural Hallock.

There will also be funeral services Saturday, Sept. 21, at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Cokato.

Arrangements are being handled by the Austin Funeral Home in Hallock.

David was born Jan. 23, 1926, in Hallock, to Olaf and Rena (Johnson) Axelson.

He was raised on the family farm north of Hallock. David completed 12 years of education; eight at the Grasshopper school, and graduating from Hallock High School in 1944.

He ran the family farm and found joy in transporting kids to and from school by the bus load.

David married Gladys Irene Sanner of Lake Bronson Oct. 19, 1956. The couple lived in Hallock in the 1970s, where they raised their children, and where David was employed by the Kittson County Highway Department.

In 1978, the family moved to Cokato, where David was employed by the Dassel-Cokato School District, and was resident manager with Gladys at the Golfview Apartments.

David sadly lost his wife of nearly 40 years in October of 1996.

David fully retired in 1997.

He shared his love again with Lorie Russ of Cokato July 24, 2004. Together, they pursed pure joy in marriage and in life, returning to David’s beloved home of Hallock in August of 2012.

A valued member of Grace Lutheran Church in Hallock, David was very dedicated to helping others in his congregation by operating the sound system, singing in the choir, and teaching Sunday school to children.

He loved to sing and was a member of a barbershop quartet.

David took pride in his heritage, being a member of the Härjedals National Föreningen of America.

After retiring, his mission in life was being a passionate baker, and he made a ministry through sharing his many baked goods.

David was a current member of the First Baptist Church of Cokato, where he supplied his church family with a variety of cookies every Sunday.

He also took up wood carving, making walking sticks and sharing them with people he loved.

A caring, sweet gentleman, David’s heart outgrew his body when his Lord called him home.

He is survived by his wife, Lorie; his daughter, Kristie (Brian) Pantzer of Hallock; sons Paul (Jamie Dillon) of Hutchinson, and Mark (Kathy) of Florida; six grandchildren, Jen, Allie, and Maggie Pantzer; Rian Alan, Kati Marie, and Ashley Nicole; sisters Lucille Dickelman of New Hampshire, Ruth (Alan) Hanson of Lewisburg, MN, and Evangeline Gunderson of Carver; and several nieces, nephews, and godchildren.

In addition to his wife, Gladys, David was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Bernice Lee, and Martha Walker; and a brother, James.