PEORIA - Dr. Milton Leon Axley, 85, of Peoria passed away peacefully on Friday, July 18, 2014, at his home.
He was born Aug. 18, 1928, in Hardscrabble, near DuQuoin, Ill., to Clyde and Annie L. (Lively) Axley. He married Marietta E. Shurtz on Sept. 16, 1950, in Davenport, Iowa.
Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Marietta Axley of Peoria; two children, M. Joyce Myers of Morton and Dr. Milton J. (Shelagh Smith) Axley of Rockville, Md.; two grandchildren, David (Abby) Ely of Morton and Elizabeth Axley of Rockville, Md.; two great-grandchildren, Zane and Izzy Ely; his aunt, Jackie; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one son-in-law, Dwight "Abe" Myers; one sister, Betty Jean Houchins; one niece, Doris Walters; and his grandfather, Milton J. Lively, who held a special place in his heart.
Milton was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in Korea.
Milton was a chiropractor in the Peoria area for 50 years and was a former member of Prairie State Chiropractic Association. He was instrumental in establishing the initial licensing requirement that allowed chiropractors to practice in the state of Illinois. While serving as the association president, he organized the donation of a leopard to the Peoria Zoo.
He was of the Baptist faith and was a member of Woodland Baptist Church in Peoria.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, both at the funeral home. Burial will be at Parkview Cemetery in Peoria, where military rites will be conducted.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Runner's Association or South Side Mission.
To view Milton's video tribute or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit www.knappjohnson.com.