Beaverton Historical Society
Gladwin County Obituary/Death Notice
Dempster Paxton


   Funeral services were held this afternoon for Dempster M. Paxton, 74, who passed away at his home here Sunday evening, following a seven-year illness. He was born in Ohio, Sept. 14, 1880, and came to Gladwin County in 1902. Demp as he was affectionately known by his many friends; settled in Beaverton adn lived there for 25 years, serving as deputy sheriff and city councilman.

   In 1928 he was elected Gladwin County sheriff and served in the office until 1932. He moved form the sheriff's quarters here to the present home at the west city limits in 1933, and operated a small business until 1939, when he retired. Mr. Paxton was married to Miss Mabel Powell on Jan. 16, 1897, in Ohio. She preceded him in death in 1947.

   He is survived by six sons, Gaylord of Coleman, Cecil of Flint, Carl of Moorehead City, N.C., Doyle and C.W. , of Gladwin, and C.D. of Flint; six daughters, Mrs. Beulah Holland of Ovid, Mrs. Mildred Knight of Flint, Mrs. Zella Knight of Manistique, Mrs. Ruth Fortner, Mrs. Doris Kigar and Mrs. Viola Lennon, of Gladwin; three brothers, Russell and Dewey, of Clare, Clifford of Beaverton; two sisters, Mrs. David S. Ross of Beaverton, and Mrs. Ransey Busicle of Grover Hill, Ohio. A son and daughter are deceased.

   Services were held at the home at 1:00 o'clock and at the Gladwin Methodist Church at 1:30 o'clock, with the Rev. John Scott officiating. Interment was in the Beaverton cemetery.

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Beaverton Cemetery, Beaverton, MI
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Gladwin County Record, Gladwin, MI
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January 2005
Tom Ladner
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