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John PaxtonJohn was born to Milford and Evelyn (Marks) Paxton, on March 8, 1949 in Marshall, MN. He was baptized and confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church. He graduated from Marshall Senior High and enrolled at SMSC (Southwest Minnesota State College) in the charter class, where he met his sweetheart and best friend for life, Kathy (Johnson). On June 27, 1970, John took Kathyâs hand in marriage and had almost 47 years of joy together. He was a faithful husband and father to three children and âPapaâ to six grandchildren. Throughout his life, he cared for everyone before himself. A virtue of a true Christian. He was very active during his life within the Community and Southwestern Minnesota, Southwest Minnesota State University and Christ Lutheran Church. In 1971, he joined in partnership with his Dad (Milford) and brother Steve and continued Paxton Signs which his dad started in 1950. He had a great passion for what he did professionally and worked hard to create a good life for his family. In 2011, he regretfully retired, as his Parkinsonâs progressed. John died unexpectedly on Monday, June 12, 2017, at his residence in Marshall. He will be missed by all, but we find comfort knowing he is at home with his Savior. He is survived by his best friend and wife, Kathy Marie (Johnson), his siblings Betty (Floyd Albee) and brother Steve (Marshall). Johnâs oldest son, Zachariah John and his wife Shelley (Fargo, ND), his daughter Tabitha Marie and husband Kurt Schultz (Eagan, MN) and his youngest son Isaac âIkeâ and his fiancÃ© Katie Marie (Fargo, ND). His 6 grandchildren: Jordan, Lea, Dana, Annie, Noah, and Jack. He is preceded in death by his father Milford George Paxton and mother, Evelyn M. (Marks) Paxton In Lieu of flowers, Johnâs family is requesting that memorials be sent to Christ Lutheran Church, Southwest Minnesota State or www.parkinsonmn.org.
Kathy and family,, Thinking of you today. It will be a year on June 12 that John was able to Rejoice with the Lord. We think of you so often. May June 12th be a time of feeling the Love of God embrace you and families. Memory.. John was such a Christian leader in Sunday School. We feel honored that Heather and Halie knew John. God Bless you. Gary and Jayni
Jayni Blough Jun 5 2018 3:19 PM
Kathy & family, We will always remember John as a kind & gentle man. May your good memories sustain you through the sad times ahead. Mary Ellen & Ron Hodapp
Mary Ellen Hodapp Jun 21 2017 12:57 PM
Our heartfelt sympathy on the loss of a wonderful Christian man, whose smile could light up any room, and whose energy seemed endless. Our family has so many great memories of working with John and Kathy at Samuel Lutheran School. Sending prayers of comfort for the Paxton family.
Gary and Barb Schmidt Jun 15 2017 9:51 PM
Kathy and family I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you strength and peace
Darlene Paxton Dankins Jun 13 2017 11:37 PM
Kathy and family, Our hearts and prayers are with you. We are so sorry for your loss of John. He will be missed by all of us in the family as he always sparked things up. He was a serious Christian man but had that silly twinkle in his eye to make one laugh. It has been so sad to see him these past years when we came back from Colorado. Kathy you are a saint and have the patience of Jobe. May he rest in peace with his Lord and Savior and we will all see him again some day.
Ed and Connie Matthys Jun 13 2017 10:51 PM
Kathy and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Cherish all of your wonderful memories of John. He was a great guy and will be missed by many.
Don and Jan Fuhrmann Jun 13 2017 9:52 PM
Kathy and family, John will be missed by so many. He knew how to brighten a room with his wit and smile. My deepest sympathy to all of you.
Sandy Hoffbeck Jun 13 2017 7:33 PM
Kathy and family I am very sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in knowing John is with our Savior in Heaven. I will miss his wonderful smile at church. God's blessings to you all
Becky Swanson Jun 13 2017 6:43 PM
Please accept my sincere condolences. After my daughter died I found comfort in the Bible, in particular Revelation 21:4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. This beautiful promise tells of a future time when we will be reunited with those we have lost. May thoughts and scriptures like this be of comfort to you during this most difficult time.
Kenneth Jun 13 2017 8:26 AM