John Milford Paxton
March 18, 1949-June 12, 2017
MARSHALL — Services for John Paxton, 68, of Marshall, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Christ Lutheran Church in Marshall. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at Rehkamp Horvath Funeral Home in Marshall. Visitation will continue from 10-11 a.m.Saturday at the church. Burial will follow the service at the Marshall Cemetery.
John was born March 8, 1949, to Milford and Evelyn (Marks) Paxton, in Marshall. He was baptized and confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church.
He graduated from Marshall High and enrolled at SMSC (Southwest Minnesota State College) in the charter class, where he met his sweetheart and best friend for life, Kathy (Johnson). On June 27, 1970, John took Kathy’s hand in marriage and had almost 47 years of joy together. He was a faithful husband and father to three children and “Papa” to six grandchildren.
Throughout his life, he cared for everyone before himself, a virtue of a true Christian. He was very active during his life within the community and southwestern Minnesota, Southwest Minnesota State University and Christ Lutheran Church.
In 1971, he joined in partnership with his dad, Milford, and brother, Steve, and continued Paxton Signs which his dad started in 1950. John had a great passion for what he did professionally and worked hard to create a good life for his family. In 2011, he regretfully retired, as his Parkinson’s progressed.
John died unexpectedly on Monday, June 12, 2017, at his residence in Marshall. He will be missed by all, but we find comfort knowing he is at home with his Savior.
He is survived by his best friend and wife, Kathy Marie (Johnson); his siblings Betty (Floyd Albee) and brother Steve (Marshall). John’s oldest son, Zachariah John and his wife Shelley (Fargo, ND), his daughter Tabitha Marie and husband Kurt Schultz (Eagan, MN) and his youngest son Isaac “Ike” and his fiancé Katie Marie (Fargo, N.D.). His six grandchildren: Jordan, Lea, Dana, Annie, Noah, and Jack.
He was preceded in death by his father Milford George Paxton and mother, Evelyn M. (Marks) Paxton
In lieu of flowers, John’s family is requesting that memorials be sent to Christ Lutheran Church, Southwest Minnesota State or www.parkinsonmn.org.
Rehkamp Horvath Funeral Directors