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Richard W. 'Flipper' Axenfeld

July 28, 2020

Richard X.AxenfeldRichard W. "Flipper" Axenfeld, 58, Adams Center and formerly of Syracuse passed away at his home Tuesday afternoon, July 28, 2020.

Flipper was born in Syracuse on March 1, 1962, son of Maurice and Joan (Sweeney) Axenfeld and he was a graduate of Fayetteville-Manlius High School. For over thirty years he worked for Brosh Mechanical Inc., Liverpool. Recently he had started his own catering business, “Flipper's Fine Foods.”

When Flipper was young, he would travel the neighborhood flipping coins, asking "Heads or Tails?,” from then on, he was known as Flipper. He was an avid downhill skier, enjoyed snowmobiling, riding his Harley, the St. Lawrence River and the Buffalo Bills. He was a passionate chef who immensely enjoyed feeding his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Karen (Craig) Axenfeld, Adams Center; two sons, Ryan and wife Alex, Chittenango and Joseph and wife Krystal, E. Syracuse; three grandchildren, Lilly, Preston and Caiden; former wife Catherine Axenfeld, Manlius; three stepsons, Jason Babel and wife Jessica, Lacona, Andy Babel, Mannsville, and Brian Babel, Adams Center; two step-grandsons, James and Jack Babel; three siblings, Robert and wife Laura, Plantation, FL, David, Manlius, and his ‘womb mate’ and twin, Ellen Axenfeld and companion Wendy Vetter, Syracuse; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A private funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Cecilia's Church, Adams. His family will have a celebration of his life at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown and online condolences to Flipper's family may be posted at at www.cummingsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers donations in his name may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 7, E. Syracuse, NY 13057.


#18 Tzemin Sung 2020-08-03 15:43
My condolences to the Axenfeld family. I was Flippers neighbor in Cicero for 9 years and watched his two boys Ryan and Joe grow up. I remember many Fun and Loud BBQs at the house and always good times with the family. I remember riding my motorcycle with Flip and he was such a great guy, even when he had to push my motorcycle into the parking spot because I was too short to move my own bike!

I am sorry I cannot attend since I am overseas at the moment. When I run into your boys one day I will always think of you since they too have your great smile.

Rest in Peace my Friend.
Your neighbor T
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#17 Kip White 2020-08-03 06:36
Although I didn’t know him long, it was easy to see that Flipper was a wonderful, caring person. It didn’t take long to break through the tough guy persona and find out he had a heart of gold. Always feeding his friends with one of his creations and telling a joke. Flipper will surely be missed. I am blessed to have known him.
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#16 Nichole Wrightmire 2020-08-02 22:07
Sending my deepest condolences. I remember going up the the Shanks with my mom and dad back in the 80's. Every time, Flipper was there with Jeff, always working on trucks/cars. I was 5/6 and I just remember his huge smile and how big he was as I was so small. Years later, I met his son Ryan through one of my best friends, Brian and only then did I realize what a small world it was. He will now be your forever Angel spreading his wings to comfort & protect you all. Rest easy Flip
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#15 Lori Ford 2020-08-02 18:56
Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers as you morn the loss of Flipper. May you all find peace and happiness in celebrating his life, shared memories and his love of family and friends. The Ford family
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#14 Jill Axenfeld 2020-08-02 18:12
Joey, Ryan and Karen,
He was the sweetest soul! My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
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#13 Kathryn Wilcox 2020-08-02 11:39
I'm so sorry for your loss. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
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#12 Susan Babel 2020-08-02 10:26
I am so sorry for your loss.
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#11 Rebecca Nelson 2020-08-01 20:32
Karen, Flipper will be greatly missed by so many. His heart was as big as he was. I will be in touch with you soon. Much love, rebecca
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#10 Brenda Forkhamer 2020-08-01 10:38
Joe & Ryan ~ My heartfelt sympathy extends to you & your family, hold all the memories close to your hearts & may they comfort you today, & all of the tomorrows, prayers & god bless, Your dad is flying high with the angels, RIP !!!
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#9 Marilyn Grab 2020-08-01 10:28
Karen, I am so sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. Please know I am thinking of you.
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