Owen O. Waxham, 94, of Lake City, died Thursday, January 14, 2021 at St. Mary’s Home, Erie.
He was born in Erie, May 28, 1926, a son of the late Oliver J. and Elizabeth I. (Loffi) Waxham.
Owen attended the Fairview High School. As America was at War, he enlisted prior to graduation in the United States Navy. There, he served at Naval Training Stations, Bainbridge and Newport and was stationed aboard the U.S.S. Wyoming and the U.S.S. Savannah in both the European and Pacific theaters of operation. He was awarded the European Theater Ribbon, the Pacific Theater Ribbon, the American Theater Ribbon, and the World War 2 Victory Medal.
Upon his honorable discharge from the Navy, he returned home to Lake City, where his family had then located. He began his post war employment at Marx Toy’s in Girard, later Griswold Mfg. in Erie, Libby’s Plastics in Lake City and most recently White Consolidated, where he retired from. During his retirement years, he enjoyed mowing grass for Elk Valley Golf Course.
He was a member of the Lake City United Methodist Church, the Lake City Fire Company, the Fairview American Legion Post #0742, where he was former Adjutant, a member of the SONS of Lake Erie, Toastmasters, Gem City Gun Club, bowling leagues at Lake City Lanes; was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman who belonged to many various outdoor organizations in the Erie area.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Winifred “Winnie” (Davis) Waxham, whom he married July 23, 1949 in Lake City; also, by a brother, Marvin E. Waxham Sr.
Owen will be greatly missed by his family, which include his daughters, Sarena L. Bensur (Dennis) and Rebecca J. Radaker (Donald); brother, Melvin N. Waxham (Jeannette); his grandchildren, Christopher O. Bensur (Renee), Dennis M. Bensur, Dawn R. D’Amico (Ryan), Michelle L. Andrzejewski (Brian), Christine M. Herrera (Stephen); great grandchildren, Isabella Andrzejewski, Carson Andrzejewski, Brady Herrera, Arianna Herrera, Lynnora Herrera, Ashley Bensur, Savannah Bensur, Michael Bensur, Rudy D’Amico, twins, Roman and Ronnie D’Amico and many nieces and nephews.
Due to Covid-19 calling hours and services will be held privately.
Burial with full military honors will be at Erie County Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Families of the Wounded Fund Inc., PO Box 5327, Midlothian, VA 23113 or donate online at www.fotw.org <http://www.fotw.org> or to the Lake City Fire Co., 2232 Rice Ave., Lake City, PA 16423
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Edder Funeral Home Inc., Girard.
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