|Birth: ||Apr. 20, 1926|
|Death: ||Feb. 25, 2012|
Donald Kenneth "Bax" Baxter, 85, of Baraboo, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Sat, Feb 25, 2012, at St Clare Meadows Care Center in Baraboo. Don was born April 20, 1926, in Chicago, to Dr Glenn and Margaret O'Brien Baxter. In 1934, the family moved to Munising, MI, where Don attended School and where he met the love of his life, Lee Frances Dobbs, whom he married in Munising on Sept 2, 1950.
Prior to that, Don served in the US Army from June 1944 to 1946, being stationed in Korea and the Philippines as a tank driver, company clerk and medic. Following his honorable discharge, Don entered Northern Michigan University and subsequently Northwestern University in Chicago, where he received his degree as a doctor of dental surgery. Don and Lee moved to Baraboo in September of 1953, where Don began a private dental practice that he continued until Feb 1993, when his son, Terry, took over the family business as a third-generation dentist. Some of the additional interests Don enjoyed, and was proud of, included being instrumental in the building of Jefferson Meaddows (now St Clare Meadows), the Greenbriar retirement home and St Joseph's Catholic School. He and his business partner, Dr William Hommel, brought the first Home Health agency to the Baraboo area. He was a charter member of Baraboo Country Club and Circus World Museum, as well as a member of the St Joseph Catholic Parish, the Knights of Columbus and the Elks Club.
He enjoyed bowling, was passionate about golf and looked forward to his yearly fishing trip to Canada with his six sons and brother-in-law, which they did more than 30 times. In later years, he was thrilled to have some of his grandsons join along. There was never a lack of laughs, hugs and cribbage. He and Lee loved to take the family on yearly vacations back to the Munising area and Vail, CO. Perhaps his favorite getaway was to the family cotttage on Lake Sherwood. Don was a very kind man who devoted himself to his wife, children, profession and friends. He loved his close group of buddies and spending time with them. He was never known to take a sick day and was a legendary storyteller and creator of nicknames. He provided dental service to anyone in need, whether they could pay or not. His quick smile and easygoing manner endeared him to those who were fortunate enough to know him.
Don was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 57 years, Lee; his parents; his granddaughter, Katherine Baxter ; a son-in-law, Kevin Keys ; and his favorite brother-in-law, Gene Nixa.
He is survived by his sister, Jane (Baxter) Nixa of Racine; brother, Paul of Saginaw, MI; his nine children, Deb of Baraboo, Scott (Rebecca) of Medford, OR, Brian (Margaret) of Baraboo, Nancy Keys of Baraboo, Dr Terry (Margie) of Baraboo, Tim (Mirella) of Rome, WI, Mark of Baraboo, David of Seattle, WA and Jill (Wayne Heron) Forbush of Baraboo; and his beloved 15 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
Burial for Don and Lee will be at Walnut Hill Cemetery.
Dad, we love you , miss you and will never forget you. Your legacy lives on through your children and grandchildren. May you enjoy your "Sentimental Journey!"
(Baraboo News Republic)
Lee Francis Dobbs Baxter (1928 - 2007)
WWII US ARMY - PACIFIC THEATRE
TANK DRIVER . COMPANY CLERK . MEDIC
Walnut Hill Cemetery
Created by: Oscar Sandstrom
Record added: Feb 28, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 85893277
Thank you for your military service to our great nation while serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. You will not be forgotten. "This We'll Defend" From a Marine...Semper Fidelis!|
Added: Feb. 28, 2012