Michael W. Paxson, age 52, of Warsaw, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at his home. He was born on Aug. 31, 1966, in Springfield, Missouri, the son of Michael Joseph and Juanita (Potter) Paxson. He grew up in Strafford, Missouri, and graduated from Strafford High School in 1984, and while there he excelled in athletics and academics. In 1990 he enlisted in the United States Army and served as a sergeant. He was honorably discharged in 2000. Mike was united in marriage to Ronda Williamson on Aug. 20, 1999.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, his father, and a son, Kyle Andrew Paxson.

He is survived by his wife, Ronda Paxson, of the home; his mother, Juanita Paxson, of Strafford, Missouri; a son, Michael Paxson, of Springfield, Missouri; a stepson, Jesse Bowden, of Colorado; a granddaughter, Lexie Paxson, of Springfield, Missouri; a sister, Andrea Paxson, of Strafford, two brothers; Travis Paxson and Wade Paxson, both of Springfield, his stepmother, Kathy Paxson, of Sparta, Missouri, nephews Austin Baker, of Florida, and Drew Paxson, of Springfield; two very faithful caregivers, Mera Stephens, of Warsaw, and Terrie Lutjen, of Cole Camp, Missouri; and a faithful bloodhound, Tilly.  Mike is also survived by numerous other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services for Michael W. Paxson were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 1, 2019, at the Strafford United Methodist Church in Strafford, Missouri. Military rites and interment will follow the funeral at the Dishman Cemetery near Strafford. Memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Association in care of the Reser Funeral Home, 101 W. Main St., Warsaw MO 65355.

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