Donald D. Axel, Age 75
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Dec 14th 1937 - Jan. 24th, 2013
Donald was born Dec 14th 1937 to August and Frieda Axel in Culdrum Township, Swanville MN.
Don attended grade school in Distinct #60, later graduating from Swanville High School in 1955. Don was active in many sports while in High School; after graduation Don worked on ORE Boats, sailing out of Duluth. Later moving to Minneapolis to work at Big Wheel Auto Parts, on Lake Street, where he was drafted into the US Army in August of 1961. After serving for two years, Don was Honorably Discharged in 1963.
Don returned to work at Big Wheel Auto Parts, working there until 1965 before quitting and going to work for Twin City Arsenal. In 1973, Don left the Arsenal and bought the Burtrum Bar; his last and favorite job.
Don was very active in the Burtrum community; serving on the City Council and later becoming Mayor of Burtrum, serving 4 terms. Don also worked as substitute mail carrier for the Burtrum Post Office.
Don was an active member of the Trinity Luthern church in Long Prairie, where he served on the Board of Education. He was a member of the Burtrum Lions Club and the Burtrum Heritage Club.
Donald is survived by his wife of 48 years, Virginia (Gratz), his two children; Dean (Laura) Axel and family of Sauk Centre and Suzanne (Steve) Magner of Fort Myers FL and grand children.
Funeral services will be held Friday Feb 1, 2013 at 10:30AM at Trinity Luthern Church in Long Prairie, MN. Burial will be at Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley, MN at 2pm.
Published in the St. Cloud Times on Jan. 27, 2013