James M. Axley
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James M. Axley, 88, of Evansville passed away at 4 am, Thursday, November 22, 2012 at St. Mary's Medical Center in Evansville after a short illness.
Jim worked at several factories as a tool and gauge inspector retiring from International Can in 1988. He then went back to work in retirement with the Evansville Museum as a security guard, where he worked until his death. Mr. Axley was a veteran of both WWII and Korea, first joining the United States Navy at age seventeen in 1942. His first assignment was duty as a messenger. After seeing where the messages came from, he decided that was the job he wanted, to be a radioman. He taught himself Morse Code and very likely was the only radioman in the Navy who never attended radioman school. World War II took him to the Pacific and landings at Hollandia, New Guinea and at Lingayen Gulf in the Philippines and to Manila where his detachment was General MacArthur's link with the 7th Fleet. Jim was discharged as a Radioman First Class in 1945. He joined the Navy Reserve in June of 1950 and was one of the first men called to active duty with the Navy in Evansville, during the Korean War serving aboard the LST 1077. He was a member of VFW Post #1114 and of First Avenue Presbyterian Church. Jim was an avid fisherman and enjoyed wagering at Ellis Park. He was an avid sports fan, especially IU basketball and the Sweet 16 Tournament. He had a great sense of humor and was well liked by everyone that knew him. Jim was generous to family and friends alike.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Mary Louise (Lamb) Axley, their sons, Ronald and Kenneth, a daughter, Cheryl and a grandson, Jason. Also surviving is his sister, Judy Mayes, whom he raised and her son, Shane Majors along with numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Roxie Axley, his brothers, Jesse, Charlie, Eugene and Robert Axley and sister, Mildred Luttrull.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:30 am, Monday, November 26, 2012 with visitation from 10 am until service time at Boone Funeral Home East Chapel - 5330 Washington Avenue, Evansville with Dr. Ray Parker officiating. A private graveside service will be in Park Lawn Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Evansville Rescue Mission, 300 SE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Evansville, IN 47713, the Salvation Army, PO Box 4055, Evansville, IN 47724 or
Condolences may be made to the family online at boonefuneralhome.net
Boone Funeral Home - Evansville
5330 Washington Avenue Evansville, IN 47715
Published in Courier Press on Nov. 25, 2012