Albert O. Axten

VANCOUVER, Wash. - Albert O. Axten, 85, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at his home in Vancouver.

He was born in Grosse Pointe, Mich., on Sept. 14, 1927, to Aubrey and Mildred Axten.

Al received his elementary and secondary education in Massachusetts, after which he joined the U.S. Army Air Force.

After being honorably discharged, he obtained his degree in accounting and joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was appointed a special agent of the FBI and saw service in Connecticut, New York and Vermont. His investigations included bank fraud, embezzlement, bankruptcy, antitrust, major frauds and other types of crime. He also taught law enforcement officers in Vermont and New York in police schools and has appeared as a lecturer before banking, insurance and professional groups. Al retired after 30 years of service with the FBI.

On Sept. 24, 1960, he married Jean Hendry. The couple lived in New York before his transfer to Vermont, initially in Burlington, and then to Barre. Al continued working as a consultant after his retirement for an additional 25 years.

Al is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jean; his son, Bruce, and his wife, Shawn, of Bend, Ore.; his daughter, Christine, and her husband, Scott MacDonald, of Enfield, N.H.; three grandchildren, Ethan and Danielle, of Bend, Ore., and Sierra MacDonald, of Enfield, N.H.; a sister, Audrey Blackadar, of Newton, N.H.; a sister-in-law, Teresa Axten, of Amesbury, Mass.; and several nieces and nephews.

Al was predeceased by his brothers, William, Ivor H. and Ivor O. Axten.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph, Vt., at 11 a.m., with the Rev. David Vanderlinde-Abernathy presiding.

Ricker Funeral Home in Lebanon, N.H., assisted with the arrangements. Messages of sympathy for the family can be shared at

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Al's memory to the American Parkinson's Disease Association, Vermont Chapter, 1 S. Prospect St., Burlington, VT 05401.

Published in Times Argus on Dec. 1, 2012