Alan Axtell passed away this month at the age of 101.
He was a combat pilot during WWII for the U.S. Air Force. He flew missions in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia and Austria, as well as Germany.
After the war, he met his wife Betty, and they enjoyed nearly 6 decades together and had 4 kids.
Al and Betty retired in Medford.
His family has asked in lieu of flowers, that donations are made to Court-Appointed Special Advocates or CASA and the Lion’s Eye Bank.
You can read more about Axtell’s life HERE.
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