VeteranDonald Baxter

Donald BaxterDonald B. Baxter, 76, of Kankakee, formerly of the Rushville area, died at 9:45 a.m. Saturday, April 29, 2000, at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.

He was born Nov. 15, 1923, in Rushville, a son of Herman and Mary Sargent Baxter. He married Esther Bader on June 28, 1948, in Bader. She survives.

Also surviving are four sons, George (and Pam) of Cameron Park, Calif., Dr. Bill (and Jayne) of Rockford, John (and Jean) of Bourbonnais and Rick of Kankakee; two daughters, Mary Wilson of Herscher and Mrs. Bill (Lisa) Ebert of Plover, Wis.; 19 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Dwight (and Eloise) of Rushville and Ralph (and Phyllis) of Mountain Home, Ark.; and one sister, Louise (and Herman) McClelland of Rushville.

He was preceded in death by one infant child.

A 1949 graduate of the University of Illinois, he taught chemistry and science at Red Bud, Wyoming, Woodstock and Bradley-Bourbonnais schools.

He was a World War II Army veteran, serving in the 82nd Airborne Division, 504th Regiment.

He was a member of Farm House Fraternity at the University of Illinois, National Education Association, Illinois Education Association and Kankakee Local Carpenters Union.

He was a member of Grace Baptist Church of Kankakee.

Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Houston Methodist Church, Oakland Township, Schuyler County, with Revs. John Marvin and Joe Tomich officiating. Burial will be in Houston Cemetery, Oakland Township, Schuyler County, with military honors by the Rushville American Legion. Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Grace Baptist Academy in Kankakee.

From the Peoria Journal Star.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 5/3/2000

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