March 2, 1951 — November 24, 2021


ONALASKA - Kenneth B. Axelsen, 70, of Onalaska and formerly of Sparta, died Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at Mayo Clinic Hospital, St. Mary’s Campus, Rochester, MN. He was born on March 2, 1951 in Sparta to Walter and Alma (Pulham) Axelsen.

   Ken married Mary Rochester (Rhoades) on August 12, 1986.

   Ken worked for Indus International and NCR as a mechanical engineer. He enjoyed taking rides, fishing, gardening, and playing cards.

   Ken is survived by his wife, Mary of Onalaska; two daughters, Heather (Rich) Hopkins of Holmen and Pamela (Darrel) Erickson of Onalaska; grandchildren, Jody Breeze, Tasha Vian Tepole, Alexia Hopkins, Chance Hopkins, Sara Oelfke, Megan Erickson, Adam Erickson, Jerry Erickson, and Rebecca Erickson; great grandchildren, Gavyn Breeze, Kyten Breeze, Mariaelena Tepole, Christian Tepole, and Ezequiel Tepole; Mary’s parents, Leslie and Linda Rhoades; brother, Donald (Kathy) Axelsen; sister-in-law, Margie Axelsen; brother and sister-in-law, Leslie and Joyce Rhoades; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Chad Rochester; brother, Darryl Axelsen; and brother and sister-in-law, David and Rhea Axelsen.

   A memorial service will be held at 12 Noon on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at United Methodist Church, Sparta, with Reverend Loretta Waughtal officiating. Burial will be at a later time.

   Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until 12 Noon on Wednesday at the church. Online condolences may be offered at

   Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home and Cremation, Sparta, is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home and Cremation