Kenneth Axton Obituary (2022) – Syracuse, NY

Kenneth L. Axton, Jr. May 19, 2022 Kenneth L. Axton, Jr., beloved brother, uncle, and friend, passed away unexpectedly on May 19, 2022, in Syracuse, NY, at the age of 75. Kenny was born on September 22, 1946, and raised in Syracuse. After graduating from the first senior graduating class of Henninger High School, he graduated with his bachelor’s degree at SUNY Potsdam. He subsequently moved to Buffalo, where he received his MS in Respiratory Care. He worked in Syracuse at St. Joseph’s Hospital as a Respiratory Therapist and was then offered a teaching position at Stony Brook University. As a professor at Stony Brook, he became the Director of the Stony Brook University Respiratory Care Program and held that position for many years. He graduated hundreds of successful Respiratory Care Therapists, including the current Stony Brook University Respiratory Care Director. He was enrolled in a PhD program at New York University. After retirement, he worked in the ER as a Respiratory Care Therapist at South Hampton Hospital on Long Island. During his career, he received many awards and accolades as he was exceptionally dedicated to his love of helping people. Kenny loved sailing, camping, entertaining, and his beautiful golden retrievers. Oxbow Lake in the Adirondacks, Cape Cod, and Provincetown were special annual visits he enjoyed with close friends. He recently moved back to Syracuse to spend his retirement with his close friends and family. He will be dearly missed. Kenny is predeceased by his father, Kenneth L. Axton, Sr.; mother, Doris Axton; and brother-in-law, Stanley Florczyk. He is survived by his dear friend, Michael Berry; sister, Kathy Florczyk; niece, Lori (Dale) Greabell; nephews, Stan Florczyk and Steve (Mary Ashby Brown) Florczyk; grandniece, Camryn Greabell; and grandnephews, Dane Greabell, Cole (Derek Sager) Greabell, and Louis Florczyk. Kenny’s family would like to thank Dr. Croglio, Dr. Petrie, and the staff at Crouse Hospital ER and ICU for their tender care of our beloved Kenny. Services will be private and contributions may be made in his name to the American Heart Association or the American Lung Association. To express sympathy, please visit

Published by Syracuse Post Standard from May 27 to May 29, 2022.

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