Edward Axline, Class of 1954

Posted Oct 16, 2020

Joseph ‘Ed’ Axline ’54 died Oct. 4, 2020. Born July 17, 1932 in Ellet, OH; he was one of seven children of the late William and Lulu (Hartman) Axline. Ed played football and baseball at Ellet High School and at Otterbein University where he was also involved in Zeta Phi (Zeta) fraternity, men’s glee club, ‘O’ Club, & the Leather Helmet Gang. He then joined the Navy where he was stationed on the USS Hornet as a pilot. After his military service, Ed continued his education before joining the Peace Corps in 1963. Ed served in the Peace Corps for two years in Indonesia. Ed helped to establish physical education programs, including baseball during his service. After Indonesia, Ed traveled the world before moving back to California where he was a teacher and coach for 30 years. Ed enjoyed running in local races and continued racing in the Senior Games.

Ed is survived by his wife Carole Dayton Axline and four children (from previous marriage) Edward, Michelle, Kristin, and Robyn and six grandchildren.