Axelson, Thomas Albert 86, of Richfield, MN, peacefully passed away on 9-22-2013. Tom was born on 1-9-1927 in Northfield, MN to John and Elna (Youngberg) Axelson. During WWII, Tom proudly served in the US 20th Air Force Services stationed in Guam. After his return from service, he entered the University of Minnesota where he graduated in 1951. Upon graduation until his retirement in 1987, Tom was a Mechanical Engineer with Honeywell. He was very proud to have been the 1979 recipient of the prestigious H.W. Sweatt Award, Honeywell's most distinguished recognition for technological accomplishments. Preceded in death by parents; brothers Laurence, Donald and James. Tom is survived by his wife of 61 years Adelaide (Taft); sons John (Shirley) and Eric (Nancy); grandchildren Sarah, Evan, Abby and Tom; brother Norman; and sister Janet Pritchard. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, 9-28-2013 at The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 4801 France Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN. Private interment at Oaklawn Cemetery in Northfield, MN. Memorials preferred to the church or to Park Nicollet Foundation, 6500 Excelsior Blvd., St. Louis Park, MN 55426 (www.parknicollet.com/foundation).
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Published in Star Tribune on Sept. 26, 2013