MSGT William E. Baxter, USAF, (retired)

Posted June 06, 2014, at 6:10 p.m.

HAMPDEN AND WINTERPORT – Bill was born Nov 9, 1932 in St. Louis, MO. to William K and Launita L. (Talley) Baxter.

As a teenager he moved to Winterport to live with his mother and treasured stepfather, Eddy W. Bartlett. Bill loved to tell stories of his many special memories of the Bartlett farm.

He enlisted in the USAF in December of 1951 during the Korean War. He served with the 4080th SRW as crew-chief of the U-2 aircraft for 10 years including the Cuban Missile Crises. He served in Vietnam on three occasions, in 65, 66, and 1967. He and his family were then stationed in England. Upon returning stateside they were stationed at Loring AFB. Bill loved his country and served 20 years proudly and with honors, retiring from the Air Force in 1972.

Bill then went on to work for A J Cole and sons with CB Kenworth. He then retired for good in 1992. He loved hunting and fishing, he always had a good garden, which he enjoyed sharing with family, neighbors, and friends. As a child, he was able to attend many baseball games in St. Louis and shared many great memories of his favorite team “The Cardinals” and the observation of many renown ball players to include “Stan the Man”. Most of all he cherished his family and that family values were very important to him.

Bill lost his wife of 55yrs (Barbara) in 2011 however; he is survived by three children: Don Ellis (his stepson who he raised as his own) and his wife, Millie of Hawaii, William (Billy) K. Baxter of Hampden, and Lisa Anne Perkins, and her husband (Jeff) also of Hampden. Bill is survived by seven grandchildren: Crissa (Baxter) and Bill Fetig of Hermon, William Baxter married to Joanna Gilkey of Bangor. Casey G. Baxter of Monteville and David G. Smedal of Newburgh. Donald, Justin, and Suzanne Ellis of Georgia. Plus other step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Bill joined his wife on May 29th peacefully at home “in his own bed” with family in attendance. A special thanks goes out to Hospice of Eastern Maine who ensured his wishes were met and his passing was comfortable.

He was predeceased by his father, mother, stepfather, stepmother, and his younger brother, Bobby-Dale.

At his request there were no visiting hours. Military graveside services and burial were held on June 5th at Oak Grove Cemetery, Winterport. Special thanks to Hampden-Gilpatrick Funeral Home for their excellent care, coordination and concern for the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Maine Veterans’ Home in Bangor or a charity of one’s choice.

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