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Harry Igor Axakowsky

March 4, 1937 - December 30, 2021

Harry Igor Axakowsky died peacefully at his home in Hampton, Virginia, on December 30, 2021, surrounded by his loving wife, Bunthip, his son, Sonram, friends, and his beloved cat, Saree. Igor was born in Dushanbe, Tajikistan (USSR) on March 4, 1937. Following the loss of his father in the Russo-Finnish War, Igor’s mother travelled with Igor through the USSR, into Poland, and by the end of WWII, found themselves in Russian-occupied Germany. During the cover of night, they crossed into Allied-occupied territory, and subsequently emigrated to Canada in 1947, and then to the United States in 1949. His teen years were spent in New Jersey. Upon graduating from high school in 1955, he enlisted in the Air Force to pursue his dream of flying the fastest jet in the Air Force, to which he then made it a career—attending flight school and jet training, logging thousands of hours in supersonic F-100 Super Sabres and F-105D/G Wild Weasels. During the Vietnam War, Major Axakowsky completed three combat tours flying close air support missions with the F-100s, and flying Wild Weasel missions to destroy enemy air defenses. His military awards include the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Parachutist badge. Following his retirement from the Air Force, Igor earned a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and began his second career working as a contractor in military Modeling and Simulations, eventually moving from Florida in the mid-1990s to the Hampton Roads area with the Joint Warfighting Center, retiring from General Dynamics as the Database Branch Chief, Modeling and Simulations, Suffolk, Virginia. Igor’s hobbies included flying, hiking, traveling, and skiing. He lived and loved life, his family, friends and the blue skies above.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on January 8, 2022, at Altmeyer Funeral Home’s Riverside Chapel, 7415 River Road, Newport News, VA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made to local animal shelters or wildlife rescue organizations. Condolences may be made at altmeyerfuneralandcremation.com.

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Service Information

Date: Saturday, January 8, 2022

Time: 1:00 pm


Altmeyer Funeral Home – Riverside Chapel

7415 River Road
Newport News, VA 23607

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