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Glen Axthelm, 92 - May 19, 2016

Glen Eldon Axthelm, 92, of North Platte and Ft. Collins, CO, originally of Gothenburg, passed away Thursday, May 19, 2016, at Pathways Hospice in Loveland, CO.
A memorial service and internment will take place at the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, SD, at a later date to be announced.
Axthelm was born Nov. 23, 1923, at Gothenburg, the youngest of seven children to Elmer and Grace Axthelm.
He graduated from Gothenburg High School, and on April 12, 1943, at the age of 19, was drafted by the Army during World War II.
Axthelm tested high enough during boot camp that the Army sent him to Yale to study engineering before sending him overseas to serve his country. During the battles in the Black Forrest and Hertguhn Forrest, just outside of Simmerrith, he was awarded the Bronze Star.
After he was discharged from the Army on Jan. 22, 1946, he attended the University of Nebraska.
He met the love of his life, Colleen, at a dance in Cozad, according to family members. The couple were married May 27, 1951.
Axthelm and his wife farmed south of Gothenburg where they were hailed out five years in a row. He always said he took that as a sign he needed to do something else, the family said, so in 1956 he moved his family to North Platte where he went to work as the farm manager for the University of Nebraska Experiment Station. He retired from there 30 years later in 1986.
?He was an avid golfer and helped build the sand green golf course on the south side of Lake Maloney in North Platte. His love of the outdoors led the family on many camping, fishing and hunting outings. But his love of his family was what he held closest to his heart, especially tracking his grandchildren’s progress in life, stated family.
After retirement, he enjoyed frequent trips to Grand Island to watch the ponies and the occasional games of chance with his wife.
Axthelm was preceded in death by: his wife, Colleen; an infant daughter, Zoe Ann; his parents, Elmer and Grace; six brothers and sisters.
Survivors include: his three children—Susan Axthelm of Ft. Collins, Dr. Dan (Carole) Axthelm of Ft. Worth, TX, and Todd (Demaris) Axthelm of Spearfish, SD; 11 grandchildren—Zoe (Yancy), Kenzi Jo (Joe), Shanda, Brock, Calan (Meredith), Kashia, Taylee, Hana, Clare, Grace and Daereese; four great-grandchildren—Sirena, Austen, Grayson and Franklin.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to a local Doctors without Borders or Saint Jude.