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