Robert R. Axford, 79, of West Unity, Ohio, died Nov. 29, 2008, in Archbold (Ohio) Hospital.
He was born Nov. 14, 1929, in Royal Oak, Mich., to Eugene and Edna (Dahn) Axford. He married Phyllis E. Hartman on Oct. 1, 1949, and she survives.
Robert attended Fayette High School, and served honorably in the Army during the Korean War. He retired from Hayes Albion in 1993 after 35 years of service, then retired from Sudden Service after seven years of employment.
Besides his wife of 59 years, Robert is survived by a son, Robert L. (and Debbie) Axford of West Unity; a daughter, Alesia (and Rick) Short of West Unity; grandchildren, Chad (and Jeanette) Axford of Toledo, Matthew (and Jessica) Axford of West Unity, Shane (and Sara) Short of Texas, Kelli (and David) Dempsey of West Unity, and Adam (and Brandi) Short of Fort Wayne, Ind.; and one great-grandson, Devin Dempsey.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Dorothy Ensign; and a brother, Ralph Axford.
Funeral services are scheduled at 1 p.m. Dec. 3, at Orr Funeral Home (formerly Hollingshead-Beck Funeral Home) in West Unity. Burial will follow in Floral Grove Cemetery with graveside military rites. Visitation is planned from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Diabetes Assoc.