ALMA – Leslie Russell Axton, 67, of Wamego, KS passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at the

Topeka Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

On January 3, 1952, Les was born to Donald Lee Axton and Anna Louise Buell in Arkansas City, KS.

Les graduated from USS Grant High School in Oklahoma City, OK in 1970 and attended Kansas State

University. He was united in marriage with Ila Kay Lewis on July 24, 1971 in Wichita, KS. She survives

of the home.

Les was very passionate about his military service. He entered active duty for the United States Army

on October 31, 1973 and made a career of it. While on duty, Les served as a 1 st Sergeant during

Operation Desert Storm. He was honorably discharged on September 30, 1994 as a Master Sergeant.

He was a member of the Mill Creek Baptist Church in McFarland, KS, the American Legion and the

Disabled American Veterans. Les was a master gunsmith and enjoyed fishing with his children when

they were younger.

Les is also survived by his mother of Wamego, KS; three sons, Neal Axton (Sarah), Lawrence, KS, Dale

Axton (Rachel), St. George, KS, and Kyle Axton; three sisters, Mari Kelley (Steve), Wichita, KS, Brenda

Hicks (Mike), Afton, OK, and Eva Reynolds (Chad), Kentucky; and a brother, Harry Axton.

He is preceded in death by his father, Donald Lee Axton, Sr., and a brother, Donald Lee Axton, Jr.

Graveside Service for Les will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery

in Ft. Riley, KS. Visitation will take place from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Monday, June 24, 2019 at the Stewart

Funeral Home of Wamego. Memorials are suggested to the Wounded Warriors Project, and may be left

in care of Stewart Funeral Home, PO Box 48, Wamego, KS 66547. Online condolences may also be left

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