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Mark M. Axe

May 21, 1951June 3, 2019

Mark Marion Axe, age 68, of Shelby Township, Michigan, passed away Monday June 3, 2019. Mark was born the son of Richard and Wilma (Rohrbach) Axe in Sedalia, Missouri on May 21, 1951. He graduated from Bishop Ward High School in Kansas City, Kansas. Mark earned his bachelor’s degree from General Motors Institute and his masters from Purdue University. He married Patricia Devall on December 18th, 1970 in Kansas City, Kansas. Mark and Patty raised their family in Texas, Georgia, and finally Shelby Township, Michigan. Mark began his career with General Motors working in Arlington Texas while on CO-OP with GMI. He led the development of the first CTS interior among many accomplishments in his 40 years of service. Mark retired in 2009. Mark loved his family, his church, and his work. He taught Bible classes at Woodside Bible Church for many years. Mark is survived by his wife Patty; mother Wilma Axe; children Steven (Heather) Axe, David Axe, and Bryan (Suzanne) Axe; grandchildren Madelyn, Riley, Caleb, Shane, Peter, and Aaron; siblings Greg (Vickie) Axe, Laraine “Tinker” ( Gary) McCray; Keith (Debbie) Axe, Renee (Dave) Linkins, Chris Axe, and Colleen “Ardy” (Scott) Loux; as well as many nieces and nephews. Mark was predeceased by father Richard Axe. A funeral service will be held on Thursday June 13th, 2019 at 11am at Woodside Bible Church, located at 6600 Rochester Rd in Troy, Michigan 48085. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mark’s honor to either Woodside Bible Church, or the Musella Foundation for Brain Tumor Research and Information Inc., 1100 Peninsula Blvd, Hewlett, NY 11557.


  • Patricia (nee Devall) Axe, Wife
  • Steven (Heather) Axe, Son
  • David Axe, Son
  • Bryan (Suzanne) Axe, Son
  • Madelyn, Riley, Caleb, Shane, Peter, and Aaron, Grandchildren
  • Richard Axe, Father
  • Wilma (nee Rohrbach) Axe, Mother
  • Greg (Vickie) Axe, Brother
  • Laraine “Tinker” ( Gary) McCray, Sister
  • Keith (Debbie) Axe, Brother
  • Renee (Dave) Linkins, Sister
  • Chris Axe, Brother
  • Colleen “Ardy” (Scott) Loux, Sister
  • Many Nieces and Nephews, Unspecified


  • Memorial Service Thursday, June 13, 2019


Mark M. Axe

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Angela Pruett

June 7, 2019

I only met Mark once, at his father-in-law, Walt Poynter's, funeral. Mark was a friendly, pleasant person, who sat at our table and Mark and I just chatted about things he was fixing in his house.

Patty, I'm so sorry you lost your husband, and best friend, so early in life. It hurts so much! The last few years were both wonderful and stressful, and full of sorrow and joy, laughing and crying. I'm sure you will remember all the memories, your vacations, your special moments and dates and places. Both you and Mark lived, and you lived well together. Allow your sisters, your friends, your furbabies comfort you at this time.

Angy Pruett (your Aunt Bettie's oldest daughter)

Laura White

June 7, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Mark's passing. I had no idea. Praying for peace for his earthly family and for his spiritual family as well.

Jeremy Zilkie

June 7, 2019

Today I found out about the passing of Mark Axe. I have not seen Mr. Axe in probably 20 years, but he left an indelible impression on me as a young man. The Lord brought the Axe family to Michigan and our church during a time of transition in the youth ministry. Our long time youth pastor had left for the mission field and there was trouble finding and maintaining a suitable staff replacement. I remember Mr. Axe stepping in to help fill the void as a volunteer. Many youth groups suffer and struggle during these times, but it never felt that way with Mr. Axe involved in leadership. He was vibrant in his faith, established in and by God's Word, and held strong convictions about building (by God's grace) a Christ-centered marriage and family. This has had an important visionary impact on me and my present marriage and family.

I can hear his voice talking and teaching with that soft-spoken southern twang, sharing with those of us who would listen. I can see in my mind's eye him running around the field with the youth group (I believe with his tube socks pulled up all the way), and being full of joy and life. In my opinion, he was the epitome of a servant of Christ, working as an engineer, doing his best to raise a family, and giving so much of himself to the church, Christ's bride. Now that I am older I see just how valuable and rare Mark Axe was in his service and commitment to Jesus Christ and to our church back then in what were tumultuous times for FBC Romeo.

I am so sad for Mrs. Axe and their three boys and their families. I am sure he was a wonderful grandpa as well and I would have loved to have seen him with his grandchildren and I am sure learned from him there as well.

Father God, thank you for Mr. Axe and the small but significant role he played in my life. Thank you for his faithfulness in the 20 years since and for the lives You used him to touch, teach, and impact as well. I am glad he is home with You in glory even as there are many tears for him here.

Jim Axe

June 7, 2019

Many distant but fond memories when all the Joseph and Clara Axe clan would gather on Cleveland St in St Marys, Ohio. Much great food was eaten and many "tickyball" games were played. Miss those days! Our prayers and love are lifted up for aunt Winnie and all of Marks family.

Bobbie (Axe) Brenneman

June 7, 2019

Mark was a fun cousin. I remember us getting together as kids. Wish we could have stayed in touch during our adult years.
Prayers for Aunt Winnie and the rest of the family..

Sherrie Robinson

June 6, 2019

So happy to have been a friend 1st to Mark and Patty then as in-laws when our daughter and their son, Steven, met using Mark's fancy car on their blind date with Brian, another son and his date. So at peace to know exactly where Mark is. Patty is well loved and will be kept busy by family and friends. Love you, Patty!