|Birth: ||Nov. 6, 1926|
Los Angeles County
|Death: ||Jul. 28, 2012|
MYRON AXENTY was born on November 6th, 1926 in Redondo Beach, CA to parents, Ed and Victoria (Calancia) Axenty. He attended Grant Elementary school and graduated from Redondo Beach Union High.
A week before his 18th birthday, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was a Seaman First Class aboard the original crew of the USS Stickell DD 888, commissioned on October 31st, 1945. Assigned to the Atlantic Fleet, Stickell operated under Commander and Amphibious Training out of Galveston, from December 10th, 1945 to January 11th 1946. On January 1st, 1946, Myron was promoted to Gunner's Mate (3c). The Stickell then conducted shakedown training out of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, before arriving in Charleston, S.C., on March 11th for post-shakedown availability. She shifted to Norfolk, Va., on April 21st, until May 6th, when she set out for Guantanamo Bay and the Panama Canal. The Stickell returned to Norfolk on June 13th and two days later, got underway for the west coast. Heading via the Panama Canal, she reached San Diego, Calif., on June 29th and joined Destroyer Division (DesDiv) 11. On August 1st, 1946, Myron joined the crew of the USS Prairie where he would remain until his honorable discharge, later that year.
After his discharge from the Navy, Myron returned to Redondo Beach and found work as a meat-cutter. In November, 1949, Myron met Kate Bahner while she was shopping at the store with her friend, Joan Mills. Myron asked Kate out on a date. They went to some movies and walked on the beach at night. Myron proposed on Valentine's day on the beach. He didn't have a ring yet, but bought the diamond and had it mounted at either Broadway or May Company. Kate said "yes" right away.
They were married on June 11th, 1950 at St. James Catholic Church in Redondo Beach. An unusual day of the week, but the union closed the meat departments on Sundays. They had the reception at Grandma Bahner's house on Ave I. Attendees included Myron's parents, grandparents, the Laltons, and the Bahner families. They spent their honeymoon at Big Bear and rented a boat with an outboard motor and cruised around the lake for awhile. Kate was scared to death and she couldn't swim. Myron and Kate had two children; Richard, born August 1951 and Shari, born July 1955.
Myron and Kate lived in Manhattan Beach, Costa Mesa, Torrance, Redondo Beach and Paradise, Calif. In 1968 they moved to Salem, Oregon. In 1972, after Myron lost his sister to cancer, he and Kate moved back to California so Myron could help his nieces and nephews. In 1980, Myron and Kate moved to Oceanside where later he retired from the meat-cutting business, working last at ALBERTSONS, including a stint as customer service at the service fish counter. Myron was an excellent meat-cutter and was very knowledgeable and passionate about his career. He loved his job! After retirement he continued to work for neighbors, Walter and Mae, as a Handyman.
In 2003, they made their final move to Surprise, Arizona because Myron was very ill. He wanted Kate to have a new home and car so nothing would need "fixing" and they would be closer to Kate's sister, Carmella. Unfortunately, Kate fell ill with cancer and left this world in 2008. Myron's daughter, Shari, was able to help Myron with housekeeping, yard work and went with him to all of his doctor appointments. Myron was an excellent cook and loved to make fresh bread, sausage, stews, smoked salmon and desserts.
Myron will always be remembered for his stories, ability to fix things, and his love for family. He would sit out in the garage and neighbors came to sit and chat with him. We will all miss his smile, his stories, and eating oranges with him. Myron was predeceased by his sister Theodora Griswold (1972); father, Ed Axenty (1975); mother, Victoria Axenty (1998); and his wife of 58 years, Catherine Axenty (2008). Myron spent his final days comfortably in the same Hospice room where his beloved Catherine had, and both of them fell asleep in the Lord on the same day, July 28th.
He leaves behind to celebrate his life, his son, Richard (Vickie) Axenty of Salem, OR; daughter, Shari (Richard) Trunnell of Surprise, AZ; five grandchildren, Sarah (Mike) Tylka, Daniel Axenty, Tiffany Trunnell, Aaron (Christy) Trunnell and Adam Trunnell; two great-grandchildren, Caitlyn & Alexa Trunnell; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and their families across the U.S. and Canada.
Eudochim Axenty (1901 - 1975)
Victoria Calancia Axenty (1907 - 1998)
Catherine Rita Bahner Axenty (1930 - 2008)
Myron Axenty (1926 - 2012)
Theodora Axenty Griswold (1929 - 1972)*
Sunland Memorial Park
Created by: Tommy Henrich
Record added: Jul 28, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 94340525