Howard L. Axtell, age 67, of Flower Ave., Grove City, PA, passed away Monday, May 15, 2017 in his residence. 

He was born in Greenville on November 26, 1949 to Howard R. and Margaret L. (Blue) Axtell.  Howard was a graduate of Greenville High School.  He had been employed for many years as an Electronic Technician for Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV in Grove City and had also been the Owner/Operator since 1988 of Axtell's Electronics. 

A Christian, he was of the Methodist Faith.  Howard was a hunter and fisherman and was a passionate member of the N.R.A.  His other interests included, riding his four-wheeler, camping, RC planes and cars, and he loved his dog “Pepper”. 

He is survived by three daughters, Vicki Hall and her husband Dale of Greenville, Cheryl Axtell of Greenville and Jennifer Axtell-Rimko of Transfer, a sister, Shari Axtell-Palacio of Staunton, VA, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. 

Howard was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Sally Demmler and Renee Watt, and two brothers, Raymond Axtell and Richard Axtell.

Memorial contributions may be made to Strayhaven Animal Shelter, 94 Donation Rd., Greenville, PA 16125.



  1. Beth Baldrige Ewing Beth Baldrige Ewing
    May 17, 2017    

    Dear Vicki, Jenny & Cheryl,
    I’m very sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences. Your dad was always so kind to me… an uncle I loved to spend time with. I’m sure you will miss him dearly.
    Sending hugs from Virginia…

  2. Ed and Sandy Slavic Ed and Sandy Slavic
    May 17, 2017    

    Vicki, Cheryl, and Jennifer
    We are so sorry for your loss – time will heal your sad hearts and prayers will give you peace.

  3. Brad Demmler Brad Demmler
    May 17, 2017    

    Girls, please accept my heart-felt condolences. I basically grew up with your dad. He was my uncle, but in reality he was more like an older brother, and only 5 years older than me. The news was so shocking. I can only imagine the pain and grief you feel, but I know first-hand what it is like. Prayers from Texas.

  4. Cathy and Jim Wathan Sr Cathy and Jim Wathan Sr
    May 17, 2017    

    To Lenny’s girls, We are so sorry for your loss. He was in our graduating class, such a nice kid, always had a smile.

  5. leslie Axtell Moore leslie Axtell Moore
    May 18, 2017    

    Dear cousins I’m so sorry for your loss may God give you strength in the days to come and memories give you peace love you all

  6. Sara Paske Sara Paske
    May 19, 2017    

    Dear Vicki, Cheryl & Jenny, Our Heartfelt Condolences to all of You. Your father was always kind to us when he would visit you Vicki & as you know he is looking down on you from Heaven. Always remember that! David & I will miss him too. Your long time friends & former neighbor; David & Sara Paske Always Love you till we see him again.

  7. Marylee Campbell-Rice Marylee Campbell-Rice
    May 19, 2017    

    I send you my condolences. I didn’t know your father. The loss of a parent shakes your world. Remember everyone’s grief is different and handle yours in your way. Everyone will tell you time will help you heal and this is “sort of true”. Time makes loss doable. The best thing about time is your memories (some day) come before the tears. Memories became so valuable. Blessings to you and your family.

  8. Karen McFarland Karen McFarland
    May 19, 2017    

    I’m very sorry for your loss. Howard was my “computer guy” for over 25 years. He built all my computers with varying versions of Windows – some now defunct. Yes, even DOS – I’ve known him that long. He received many panicked phone calls over the years. His response was always, “First of all, don’t panic.” I usually told him that it was too late, panic had already set in. He always talked me down from panic and was very patient. One year, on the last day of tax season, my computer came on; but there was a blank screen on my monitor. There were several frantic phone calls to Howard. Dad even went over to his house and knocked on his door – probably pounded actually. Howard showed up within the hour with a “loaner” monitor; so, I could finish the day. That’s the kind of guy Howard was. Also, Howard was a “dog person”. Another thing that made him a great guy. He loved his dogs. I remember his basset hound. When his mother passed away, he took in her dog – a Jack Russell, I believe. However, she was too energetic and I think one of his daughters took her in. He loved his Pepper. I hope she finds a good home that will spoil her as much as Howard did. Since dogs were such a big part of Howard’s life, I will donate to Strayhaven Animal Shelter in his memory. My sincere condolences. Howard will be greatly missed.

  9. Michelle DePree Michelle DePree
    May 19, 2017    

    Dear Vickie, Cheryl, and Jenny, I’m truly sorry I cannot be with you all today , please know I love you all very much. I’ll always remember Uncle Lyn with a smile on his face. He will be missed. My deepest sympathy to all of you. Mimi

  10. Joseph L & Ann Marie Fry (Consiglio) Joseph L & Ann Marie Fry (Consiglio)
    May 20, 2017    

    Vicki, Jenny & Cheryl, I am a classmate of GHS and graduated with your dad. I remember him very well in high school, he always had such a big smile on his face and always had a great personality to go with that smile. May the beautiful memories that you shared with dad be with you always. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you all at this time if sadness. Deepest Sympathies to you all.

  11. Charlotte Reppart Charlotte Reppart
    May 23, 2017    

    I am so sorry for the loss of Howard. I worked with him at the IU for many years. After I retired I bought my computer from him. He was always helpful when I ran into problems. My prayers are with you at this time. He always spoke of you with love.

  12. Mrs. Lisa Cusick Mrs. Lisa Cusick
    August 16, 2017    

    Dear Axtell Family,

    I realize that this response comes rather late. I don’t know if anyone will even see this posting, but I felt compelled to write something. I only met and spoke with Howard three times and I haven’t seen him since 2014. However, he left an impression upon me that I will forever remember and is the reason why I write this today.

    I met Howard in 2014 when by mere chance I was looking for a computer. I disliked Windows 10 and wanted someone that could make a computer that still had Windows 7. I found Howard where else? On the internet doing a Google search.

    When I went to Howard’s house for the first time, I found this humble man, who lived a humble lifestyle. He didn’t have an elaborate store, but a quaint little shed in the back of his house. At first I was a little skeptical, but you can’t judge a book by it’s cover that’s for sure!

    I soon learned that Howard was full of computer knowledge and extremely intelligent. He also happened to have just made a computer with Windows 7! Exactly what I was looking for! Not only was Howard a computer genius, but I quickly learned that he was an extremely fun and kind person!

    The first day I meet Howard, I must have sat and talked with him for over an hour! It was like visiting with my own father. We talked about our kids, we talked about our families, his love for the outdoors and guns! We talked about our love for our country and even a little politics!!

    I only had to go back and see Howard two more times after that day before my computer was finalized and ready for me to take home. It was the same visit both times as the first, and I enjoyed and looked forward to talking and visiting with him.

    I’ve never had to see Howard about any problems with the computer so it’s been three years since I last saw or spoke to him. I regretfully wish I had just stopped at his house and merely said hello so many, many times, but I’m a busy mom with four kids and time just gets away from you so fast.

    When I finally did need to seek him out for some computer assistance, I came to find out he passed in May. How shocked I was. Still so young. Only 67. Howard left a very big impression on me. Such a kind soul. I’m sure he wasn’t perfect as none of us are, but he reminded me so much of my dad whom I had lost many, many years ago.

    I will surely miss those lively and fun conversations! I also doubt that I will be able to replace him with another computer tech with the same knowledge and most of all….personality!

    I’m very sorry for your loss. May God give you His perfect peace and strength.

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