Clifford E. Axtman, of West Fargo, ND, formerly of Rugby, ND, and Devils Lake, ND, passed away at home on April 21, 2019 at the age of 85.
Clifford E. Axtman, of West Fargo, ND, formerly of Rugby, ND, and Devils Lake, ND, passed away at home on April 21, 2019 at the age of 85. Clifford, the son of Jacob and Rose (Grad) Axtman, was born in Rugby on April 4, 1934. He was raised on the family farm and graduated from Baker, ND, in 1952. He attended Minot State Teachers College and Dakota Business College in Fargo. He served in the US Army from Nov. 1954 through Nov. 1956. He was employed at Gronvold Motor Company in Rugby for seven years prior to joining OtterTail Power Company in Devils Lake in 1964. He retired in 1997 after 33 years of employment. Clifford enjoyed performing with several different bands in the early 60s playing the saxophone, clarinet, according and drums. He was a skilled craftsman building multiple sheds, decks, a skateboard half-pipe and even an elaborate two-story playhouse for his children and grandchildren. He kept Menards in business and knew which aisle every tool and piece of lumber was located. He spent hours gathering information on genealogy and created books of family history in order for us to connect with past, present and future generations. His love of life and work ethic inspires us all and he will be greatly missed. Clifford is survived by; his wife, Clara; five children, their spouses and grandchildren, Gary (Cindy) Axtman and daughter, Danica; Gail (Loren) Jones; and son, Ariston (Sarah) Jones, Renae Axtman and children, Odessa, Nadia, Chelsea and Calen; Roxane (Brian) Erickstad and children, Abigail, Jacob, Gracie and Ella, Keith (Mystal) Axtman and children, Sophie, Parker and Emma, sister, Judy (JP) Wiest; and sister-in-law, Vickie Axtman. He was preceded in death by; his parents, Jacob and Rose Axtman; brother, Kenneth Axtman; and sister, Sheila and her husband, Larry Kokkeler. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, April 27 at 10 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service at Holy Cross Catholic Church, West Fargo. A Prayer Vigil will be held on Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m. with visitation from 5 - 7 p.m. at West Funeral Home, West Fargo. Burial will be at the Fargo National Cemetery, being constructed at 40th Ave. NW, County Road 20, in Fargo. Arrangements and online guestbook: West Funeral Home and Life Tribute Center, West Fargo www.westfuneralhome.com.