MIDDLEBURY — There will be a memorial service for Donald E. Axinn at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30, in the Abernethy Reading Room at the Axinn Center on the Middlebury College campus.
A member of the class of 1951, he was a businessman, author, poet and aviator, and the namesake for Middlebury’s Axinn Center. He lived in Weybridge with his wife Joan.
For information, contact the Middlebury College chaplain’s office at 443-5626.
SALISBURY — Merrill W. Williams, 82, died Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009, at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury.
He was born in Boston, Mass., on Dec. 29, 1926, son of the late Ralph and Myrtle (Blot) Williams. He grew up in Brandon and graduated from Castleton State Teachers College.
For many years he taught school in the Hartford area. He later worked at Kraft Foods in Middlebury as a quality control manager. His family says he was an avid alpine skier and loved the outdoors. An art patron, he also designed lampshades as a hobby. For 40 years he operated Lake Dunmore Miniature Golf. He was a member of the Salisbury United Congregational Church.
He is survived by his son Greg and wife Janice Williams of Gloucester, Mass.
A funeral service to celebrate his life will be held Monday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home, Brandon. Friends may call Monday from 3 to 5 p.m. Burial will take place Thursday, Oct. 29, at 11 a.m. in the Pine Hill Cemetery, Brandon.
Memorial donations may be made to the United Church of Christ, Salisbury, VT 05769.