COLUMBIA — Carl and Martha Traxler met as young adults, introduced by mutual friends on their baseball and softball teams.
For the next six decades, Mr. Traxler was as devoted to Martha as he was to everything else related to his family, including his son, his granddaughters and his family farm.
"He liked people. He liked doing things, but family was his life," Martha Traxler said.
Carl Traxler of Columbia died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. He was 86.
He was born March 10, 1927, in Boone County to Clint and Ola (Smith) Traxler.
He married Martha Taylor on Feb. 4, 1954. They were married for 59 years.
Few engagements drew Mr. Traxler away from his family.
After leaving Boone County at 18 to serve in the Army during World War II, Mr. Traxler returned to work on the family farm, only leaving again for occasional golfing trips to South Dakota.
His son, Larry Traxler, and granddaughter, Kacey Richardson, have continued the legacy. The family still owns the 174-acre farm.
In addition to farming and golfing, Mr. Traxler valued fishing and baseball.
He was active in the community throughout his later years. He was a member of the Sunrise Optimist Club, The American Legion, the Elks Lodge, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Three Dollar Golf Club and Fairview United Methodist Church.
Family remained the top priority for Mr. Traxler.
"First, it was his son," Martha Traxler said. "Later in life, his granddaughters were his highlights. Everywhere he went, they went."
Mr. Traxler was looking forward to the arrival of his first great-grandchild. His granddaughter Kimberly Mabrey and her husband, Greg, are expecting a daughter soon. They plan to name her Katelyn Mabrey.
Mr. Traxler is survived by his wife, Martha Traxler; a son, Larry Traxler, and his wife, Polly, of Columbia; and two granddaughters, Kimberly Mabrey and her husband, Greg, and Kacey Richardson and her husband, Rusty, all of Columbia.
His parents and two brothers, Joe Traxler and Roger Traxler, died earlier.
Visitation will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to Coyote Hill Christian Children's Home, 9501 W. Coyote Hill Road, Harrisburg, MO 65256.
Condolences can be posted at memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.