Donald Charles Paxton
Donald was born December 6, 1929 in Junction CIty, the youngest son of the late John and Mary Coffman Paxton.
He served his country in the United States Army, during the Korean War, stationed in Germany. While on leave he married the love of his life, Macille Swartz Paxton. After discharge he moved to Newark, OH and was employed for 40 years with the B&O Railroad as a Brakeman/Yard Foreman/Conductor. He also worked early in life at the Ludowici Tile Plant in New Lexington and later at Roper in Newark. After retirement in 1989 he returned to his roots building a new retirement home back in Junction City on property purchased from his Father.
Don and Macille raised three children, Mike (Donna) Paxton, Rick (Robin) Paxton and daughter, Patricia Paxton. Five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Some of his life experiences were outstanding. At the age of 18 he rode his 1947 Indian Chief Motorcycle from Ohio to Texas with his brother Bill. He also made trips to the Holy Land, Lourdes, Fatima and Medjugorje. Including other vacations to Paris, Rome, Alaska, Texas, Hawaii, and to the Price is Right while in California with the PNB Freedom Years.
He was a member of the Junction City American Legion Post 376 and the Knights of Columbus. In retirement he volunteered as a maintenance man for St. Patrick's Catholic Church and oversaw completion of the Junction City Bell Memorial at the Junction City Park. While in Newark he helped set up the Kiwanis Park for the Little League. Donald served on the Board of Directors for the Perry County Senior Center in New Lexington, and enjoyed many meals served for the seniors.
Family and friends may call from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 23, 2018 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 1170 St. Rt. 668 S. Junction City. Mass of Christian Burial will follow with Father Daniel Swartz as Celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Patrick's Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the Junction City American Legion.
Chute-Wiley Funeral Home 118 S Jackson St., New Lexington is assisting the Paxton Family. To view or sign online guestbook, please go to www.chutewiley.com. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Patrick's Catholic Church.
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So sorry for your loss. Don will be missed very much.
Submitted by Dan Brown on Apr 21 2018 11:00:18 AM
My condolences to the family for your loss. May God strengthen and comfort you with his promise of the resurrection. Acts 24:15
Submitted by Amber Micka on Apr 21 2018 10:02:23 AM
Don's Miracle at Medjugorje (in his own words:)
"The date was October 19, 1990. The place was on a small mountain top located outside of the town of Medjugorje, Yugoslavia. The time was shortly after 10 pm. The rain was falling lightly and the night was pitch black with clouds hiding the stars. I was surrounded by thousands of people from all around the world, some on knees, others perched on rocks, but all in complete silence. This was Holy Ground. I could feel the presence of our Blessed Mother, Mary, as she appeared only to her chosen visionaries.
How did I happen to be so far from my beloved hills of Perry County, Ohio in the USA? Could it have been that I was called by our Blessed Mother? If so, for what purpose was I singled out?
Looking backwards to the beginning of the year 1989, my Wife and I were planning our retirement home to be built on our summer place located close to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, just south of Junction City. You see, this was a part of the home farm that we had purchased from my Parents some 20 years earlier. Both my Father and Mother had passed away in 1985 but my love for the people and the area was like a magnet drawing me home. After nearly 40 years away, in order to provide financially for our family, I was looking forward to retirement and the rest of my life to do as I wished on our few acres.
Later, sometime in October 1989, as our house was nearing completion, I was walking from the hallway toward the sun room, with its large windows, that I saw a figure in the window that was recognizable as our Blessed Mother. I stopped immediately, but then rationalized this could be a reflection of a statue that was placed on a mantle behind our wood burner. That afternoon sun was very brightly shinning directly on the statue. But, the figure of the Blessed Mother was nearly three feet high, while the statue was only eight inches high. The distance between the two was about twenty feet. Both were in identical colors.
As I had been very involved with the helping to construct our house (I was the go-for person) I did not allow my mind to become open for a message. I merely shrugged the experience off as a reflection. But, later, for the next year, I would continue to ask myself ‘was it real’?
In 1990, after we had completed our dream retirement house, our thoughts were on a much needed vacation trip. The world was ours, to travel anywhere we wanted. Hawaii, Alaska, even Australia. And then, while reading the Catholic Times, Macille remarked about an add referring to Medjugorje. This add stated Deacon Charles Stevens would be a spiritual leader for a pilgrimage leaving for one week to Medjugorje, Yugoslavia in October.
Well now, it just so happens that Deacon Charles Stevens is a long time friend and coworker of mine.
I had read a tabloid explaining the happenings at Medjugorje. But at the time, I thought this would be out of our price range and we would never be able to visit there. After all, these apparitions started in 1981 and would surely have been over by now.
A phone call to Deacon Charles gave us the confidence we needed to assure us that the Blessed Mother was still appearing to the children and that we would be welcome to be a part of the group of nearly twenty pilgrims to make the trip.
How could we think about such a long journey? I had never been on a jet airliner and my Wife had never been on a commercial air craft. But, we decided to go!
The confidence builder came to us on Friday, just two days before our planned departure. Macille’s Rosaries changed from silver to gold!
There is no easy way to travel to Medjugorje. The five hours by bus and nearly ten hours by plane are tiring. What with the five hours of time change, the jet lag can really overwhelm you.
This is only the start of a week of exhausting climbs and hours spent in Church that is required to experience Medjugorje. Our Blessed Mother, indeed is still appearing to the children. Every evening at five forty five, in a room in the bell tower of St James Church, also twice a week (Monday and Friday) at ten pm on the hill of Apparitions where she first appeared to the six children.
As I sat, perched on a small rock, that Friday evening, beside a Crucifix, I had prayed for an answer to the experience a year earlier, when I had seen the reflection in the window.
As our Blessed Mother talked with her children, my answer came, so simple, I nearly did not pay heed to it. I heard four words, spoken directly to the back of my head. These were ‘I love you, Donald’.
As it was given during a silent and very holy time, I clearly heard. The tone was from my earthly Mother, and she always used my full name of Donald.
My message was given to answer any doubts about my present life. After I had my message, I knew I was called to Medjugorje as a pilgrim both to satisfy my doubts and strengthen my future spiritual life. Maybe I can let the Light of our Blessed Mother shine through me and onto my neighbors.
She asks for Peace, Conversion, Faith, Prayer, Fasting and for all to receive the Sacraments. Our Blessed Mother is the Queen of Peace, she calls all of humanity to Peace.
Now, I would like to share the message our Blessed Mother gave to the people that Friday evening. It was given by the visionaries through an interpreter and relayed to the Crowd.
Our Lady came with three Angels on a cloud and in color and three dimensional. She was joyful and as soon as she arrived, She greeted everyone with ‘PRAISE BE JESUS MY DEAR CHILDREN. After that she blessed all of us and prayed for all of us with Her Hands extended. After that she recommended all our needs and special intentions. Tonight Our lady also has been drawing our intentions to pray for the peace. There was no special message other than this. She requested we pray with her, one Our Father, and one Glory Be.
Our Lady prayed some more with Her Hands extended above us and Our Lady left us with the Sign of the Cross of Life. Go in the Peace of God.
Witness of Donald C Paxton"
Submitted by Lee Paxton on Apr 20 2018 07:07:28 PM
Don Paxton Discusses Working on the Railroad (in his own words):
"I will try to answer your questions in regards to the duties of Brakeman, Road Conductor and Yard Foreman. Having passed the qualifications for all three, and working many years, I should be able to detail responsibilities.
I need to say, over the years, the duties have changed, due to mergers, acquisitions of modern equipment and union contracts.
When I first hired as brakeman on March 29, 1950, the requirements were, high school graduate, 21 years of age, being available for duty on a 24 hour base, purchase of a railroad approved time piece, agree to student trips on all sub divisions, pass a medical exam and listen to reading of the Book of Rules. Both the medical exam and Book of Rules would be updated every two years during railroad service. After three months, I would be required to join a union.
At this time, a road train would have a Fireman, Engineer, Head Brakeman, Flagman and a Conductor. The Conductor was in charge of the train, and the Engineer was in charge of the Engine. A Fireman could be promoted to Engineer, and a Brakeman/Flagman could be promoted to Conductor. These promotions would be dependent on length of service and passage of inquiry on the Book of Rules, and also the knowledge of equipment and Division right of way, which included speeds, lengths and locations of side tracks, Time tables, knowledge of train orders, locations of telegraph stations, yard tracks and main tracks. Some employees were passed over, for promotions, due to faulty service records.
Duties of Head Brakeman included operating track switches, observation of train, checking for hot journals, sticking brakes, any unusual sign that would mean alerting Engineer, checking orders for error, following instructions from Engineer, in the absence of Conductor. When picking up, or setting off railroad cars, relaying signals from Conductor to Engineer, connecting air hoses, and seeing train was ready for departure.
Flagman was responsible for protecting rear of standing train with red flag, torpedoes (that attach to rail and explode when another engine comes along) and dropping of red fusees to alert following train. Upon stoppage of train, the Flagman must immediately walk back a sufficient distance to stop approaching train and eliminate a collision.
Conductor was the boss of the train. He was responsible for its movement from starting terminal to final terminal. His duties were handling of Bills of lading, securing orders, reporting to Trainmaster, overseeing switching maneuvers, making decisions directed to the proper movement of his train, including speed, direction of travel and seeing that rules were observed by all members of his crew.
Fireman was responsible for orders given him by the Engineer. In steam engine days, the fireman provided enough steam for the Engineer to move the train, also keeping a sharp lookout ahead, on his side, for any obstruction. In day of diesel engines, the fireman was required to check the condition of the diesel motors.
Engineer was in charge of his engine, using the power to move the train so that no trouble was encountered. He had to control slack movement so as no damage to cars or lading. He had air brakes, on both train and also engine, which could be used independent of the other. He had to follow the train orders given to the crew by the Train Dispatcher. Bell and whistle was sounded for safe operation, at highway crossings and to alert crew of his intention. Two shorts mean move ahead, three shorts mean back up, two long, one short and one long mean highway crossing ahead, on a eastbound train, four long were call for Flagman to return to caboose, on westbound train, five long was the call for Flagman. Many other whistle sounds were used for various reasons.
Yard Foreman and yard Brakeman were used in Yards to switch industries, weigh cars on scales, spot cars in repair tracks, place cars in proper order for outbound trains and any other switching that may be ordered by the Yard Master. Yard jobs were assigned 8 hours, with 20 minutes allowed for lunch. We also worked as switch tenders, that were under the jurisdiction of the yard master. In yard switching maneuvers, a brakeman could be used to slow down a single railroad car, to lessen the damage to lading. Our Newark yards were on a gravity elevation, with the east end being the down side. Therefore, when a car was cut off, it would run freely, gain speed, and so a brakeman could use the hand brake to slow it down before it reached other cars. Some hand brakes were called staff brakes, and required the use of a brake club (something like a baseball bat) to help tighten the brake shoes. Later hand brakes were large wheels and did not need the brake club. Out on the road, speed of the train was adjusted by air brakes, not hand brakes. When a car was set off, a hand brake was applied, by the brakeman, so the car would not move.
I preferred being the Conductor, or Yard Foreman. Not only did these positions pay more, they mean I was responsible for the movement of our crew. Of course, both positions were under the train dispatcher, or yard master, but I was able to see the job was completed. Later, Grandpa"
Submitted by Lee Paxton on Apr 20 2018 06:45:22 PM
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