ROBERT "BOB" GLEN AXTON
MARCH 10, 1927 - JUNE 2, 2013
Bob was born in Enid, OK on March 10th 1927. The third oldest of 2 boys and 6 girls. His parents brought their family to the Modesto area in 1943. Bob joined the Army Air Corp in 1945. His skill with his hands and knowledge of airplanes from building models landed him a position of crew chief for maintaining B-17's. After returning home, he soon enrolled at MJC where he studied mechanical drawing and played on the golf team. His schooling was cut short by a terrible motorcycle accident. After a long recovery, he worked in construction with his dad.
In 1950, he met his wife to be Dortha McCoy. They were married on June 1st, 1951 and had a son, Fred, in April of 1952, while living in Concord, CA. They moved to the Twain Harte area in 1956, where Bob worked for local contractors. After building a new house outside of Twain Harte in 1958, he became a masonry contractor, with these skills he helped build the Twain Harte Golf Course and was on the original Board of Directors. With many landmark masonry projects, a standout is the Pinecrest Amphi theater in the fall of 1963. After 50 yrs of use for thousands of campers, it will be reconstructed this fall. Bob was a member of the Twain Harte Rotary Club and also managed the Twain Harte Little League Bears. Bob got his general contractors license in 1968 and continued to build and play good golf.
In 1977, Bob and Dortha moved to the Merced area, where they built a new house and shop building on their 31 acre almond ranch. Just as he did in home construction where he learned every trade, he built his own almond huller to minimize costs on the way to market. After a tough 13 years, Bob sold and retired in 1990 and they moved to a rental in Modesto for a year.
Bob was finally ready to focus on golf after earlier years of success, including 5 times of playing in the State Amateur at Pebble Beach in the 1960's. They moved and lived in Albany, OR, from 1991 to 1995, then moved to Sun City, AR, where Bob scored his fifth and sixth holes in one in a 4 yr. stretch, which included shooting his age 5 times on fairly challenging courses. In 1999, Bob and Dortha moved to Farmington, NM, where they had some pretty good years.
To the joy of family and all who know them, they moved to Riverbank, CA, in 2008. Dad passed away shortly after his 62nd Wedding Anniversary. "Uncle Bob" was loved dearly by his nieces and nephews and known as a very fun and wise man in his building, his golf, and good old livin' life.
A celebration of his life will be held for family and friends on Sunday June 23nd and Saturday, June 29.
Published in the Modesto Bee on June 23, 2013