Friday, May 29, 2009
Neil Rodger Baxter, 1917-2004
The Peoria Journal Star - 13 February 2004
LEWISTOWN --Neil R. Baxter, 85, of 715 W. Ave. F died at 4:25 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2004, at Graham Hospital Extended Care at Canton.
Born Dec. 9, 1917, in Jerome, Iowa, to William and Elizabeth Rodgers Baxter, he married Mary Lacefield on Jan. 5, 1969, in Bryant. She died June 24, 2000.
He also was preceded in death by one son, Russell, four brothers, eight sisters; and one great-granddaughter.
Surviving are one son, Gordon (and Judy) of Magna, Utah; one daughter, Karen Adler of Fort Myers, Fla.; one stepdaughter, Deborah (and Lee) Boege of Wildwood, Mo.; one sister, Maxine Matayo of Canton; four grandchildren; two step grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
A member of the United Auto Workers Local 974, he was a machinist at Caterpillar Inc. for 35 years before retiring.
A member of the Illinois Sheriffs Association, he served two terms as police magistrate in Canton from 1953 to 1957 and from 1961 to 1965 and later served as Fulton County Sheriff from 1966 to 1970.
He was a member of Lewistown United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Henry-Lange Memorial Home where visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight. The Rev. Linda Richard will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Prairie View Care Center of Lewistown.
The Peoria Journal Star - 26 June 2000
LEWISTOWN -- Mary E. Baxter, 71, of 17516 Fiberoptic Highway died at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 24, 2000, at Graham Hospital in Canton.
Born Aug. 28, 1928, in Young Hickory Township, Fulton County, to Charley and Katie Casson Dick, she married Neil R. Baxter on Jan. 5, 1969, in Bryant. He survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Deborah Lacefield of Des Moines, Iowa; one stepson, Gordon of Magna, Utah; one stepdaughter, Sue Adler of Fort Myers, Fla.; two grandchildren; for step grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and six step great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one stepson, Russell; one step great-grandchild; three brothers; and two sisters.
She retired from the produce department of Day & Palin IGA, where she worked for many years.
She was a member of Lewistown United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at her church. The Rev. Jon Sims will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Henry Memorial Home in Lewistown. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to her church or St. Jude Midwest Affiliate.