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Earl R. Axton

Born: Sat., Jun. 1, 1946
Died: Tue., Nov. 5, 2019


3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Sun., Nov. 10, 2019
Location: Audioun Funeral Home LLC

Graveside Service

11:00 AM Mon., Nov. 11, 2019
Location: Weedsport Rural Cemetery

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Earl R. Axton, 73, of Port Byron, NY passed away peacefully with the company of his family on November 5th, 2019 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse following complications from surgery. The youngest of three children, Earl was born June 1st, 1946 in Auburn to Arthur and Bernice Axton. On January 17th, 1970 he married Marie Okal at S.S. Peter & Paul Church in Auburn and the couple enjoyed 49 years of marriage. A graduate of Port Byron High School, Earl was later initiated to Pipefitters Local Union 802 in 1969. As a nuclear welder, he contributed to the construction of regional steam and nuclear power generating facilities for nearly two decades. Earl later moved to the General Crushed Stone Company (now known as Hanson Aggregates) in Skaneateles where he retired after 25 years.

Earl was best known for his intimate involvement and sincere love for auto racing. As a very young boy, Earl was introduced to go-kart racing by his father, Art. After numerous victories and championships in go-karts, he advanced into late model race cars and dirt modifieds where he continued to experience success. Earl visited victory lane at a number of dirt circuits in New York to include his home tracks of Waterloo and Weedsport. In 1972, he retired from auto racing to focus on his family and later created E.R. Axton & Sons Welding with wife Marie. Offering dependable welding and repair, his family business proudly served local D.I.R.T. race tracks for over 30 years. In the years to come, Earl would pass on his knowledge and passion for racing to his two sons, David and Timothy. Though humble of his own racing success, he would regularly express how proud he was of “my boys”.

His later years were spent watching his grandchildren grow with the help of his undying affection for each of them. Earl very much enjoyed attending the athletic events and performances of his grandchildren to include softball, luge, lacrosse, basketball and music. He was a lifelong fan of Yankee baseball and Syracuse University athletics.

Earl was predeceased by his father Arthur Axton in 1995, mother Bernice (Knapp) Axton in 2017 and brother Lawrence (Elaine) Axton in 2014.

He is survived by his wife Marie, sister Helen (Robert) Stoneburg, sons David (Robin) Axton and Timothy (Juliann) Axton, 6 grandchildren (Cierra, Sydney, Talia, Reeve, Leighton and Timmy Jr.) as well as several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday Nov. 10, 2019 from 3 - 6 pm from the Audioun Funeral Home LLC 218 Main St. Port Byron, NY.  Graveside Services will be held 11 am Monday Nov. 11, 2019at Weedsport Rurual Cemetery.

In Lieu of flowers contributions to St. Jude's Children's Hospital or Dirt Museum and Hall of Fame 1 Speedway Dr. Weedsport, NY 13166

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Frederick Cornelius
   Posted Fri November 08, 2019

GARDEN PATH was sent by Cayuga County Sheriff’s CID.

We are so sorry for your loss. Cayuga County Sheriff’s CID

Alan D. Roberts
   Posted Fri November 08, 2019
Dear Maria, David, Tim, and the Axton Family,

We wish to express our deepest condolences on the loss of Earl from your family, he will be greatly missed. Nancy and I will be attending Earl's memorial services and extend our support for you during this difficult period. Take Care, Love, Alan & Nancy Roberts

On Death
Kahlil Gibran - 1883-1931

Then Almitra spoke, saying, We would ask now of Death.
And he said:
You would know the secret of death.
But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the heart of life?
The owl whose night-bound eyes are blind unto the day cannot unveil the mystery of light.
If you would indeed behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide unto the body of life.
For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.

In the depth of your hopes and desires lies your silent knowledge of the beyond;
And like seeds dreaming beneath the snow your heart dreams of spring.
Trust the dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.
Your fear of death is but the trembling of the shepherd when he stands before the king whose hand is to be laid upon him in honour.
Is the shepherd not joyful beneath his trembling, that he shall wear the mark of the king?
Yet is he not more mindful of his trembling?

For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?
And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?

Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.
And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.
And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.

From The Prophet (Knopf, 1923). This poem is in the public domain.

David A Smith
   Posted Sat November 09, 2019

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