Chester W. ‘Chet’ Baxter

February 22, 1936 ‒ November 16, 2016

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Chester W. “Chet” Baxter, age 80, of Mount Gilead, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at his residence.

He was born on February 22, 1936, on the family farm in Chesterville, to the late Howard M. and Harriet A. (Holloway) Baxter. Chet attended and graduated from Chesterville High School. Shortly after high school, Chet enlisted in the United States Army of which he was honorably discharged after serving his country during peacetime.

On September 15, 1962, Chet married the love of his life, Norma Stephens whom preceded him in death. Together they shared 50 wonderful years of marriage.

Chet dedicated over 30 years of experience as a skilled tradesman at General Motors.  In 1993 he retired from GM and took on the fulltime responsibility of chasing after Norma.

Active in the community, Chet enjoyed going to the Silver Sneakers Club and the Seniors on Center. He also was a member and faithful servant at the Pulaskiville Community Bible Church.

Chet often got caught up in the excitement of sports. He made sure to see as many of his adopted grandkids in their various sporting activities. He also enjoyed watching Ohio State football and basketball; as well as, the Bengals, Browns, and Dallas Cowboys.

The great outdoors was truly Chet’s playground. He loved going coon hunting, horse racing, various fair and 4-H activities, and all sorts of animals. Most of all, Chet loved to help others in need even if you didn’t know you needed help. His ability to fix and tinker with about anything provided just as much help as his quirky little sayings and wonderful advice.

Chet will be dearly missed by his children: Lisa (Les) Jamieson of Mansfield and Thomas (Rose) Baxter of Sugarcreek; numerous brother-in-law’s and sister-in-law’s; a brother and sister; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, and neighbors whom he loved as family.

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; and brother, LeRoy.

His family will greet friends from 9 to 11 AM on Saturday, December 3, 2016, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel. 67 N. Main St., Mt. Gilead, OH. Services honoring his life will follow at 11 AM with Pastor Ron Stephens and Pastor Gary Kochheiser officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery with full military honors provided by the active duty Army, V.F.W. Post #8054, and AmVets Post #87.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to one of his favorite group’s: the Silver Sneakers Club. (Morrow County Community Center: Silver Sneakers, 16 S. Main St., Mount Gilead, OH)

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Chet’s family and you are encouraged to leave them a story or condolence by visiting

  • To the entire Baxter family: Chet was a very kind and giving man. The love of the Lord he had was evident. My family knew the Baxter family for years and they were good people. God bless you all during this difficult time. Blessings to you all.
    Becky Byrd

  • Bill and Wilma Reed, Nov. 22,2016 Chet was such a wonderful Friend and Neighbor. We have known the Baxter Family for many years . Chet was always so kind and good to everyone. The many times we spent with him we will never forget. He Loved coming to Silver Sneakers for exercising and will be missed by everyone there. May God be with all of Family. Will Miss Your Kindness, your Sense of Humor and just the person you were. Bill and Wilma

  • There is now an empty space in our family having lost Chet. My sister and I grew up spending our summers on the farm where Chet chased us all over the fields, and
    teased us when we had to get eggs from those mean hens!! We used to jump from the hayloft down into the hay until Uncle Howard caught us, then we had to stop!! We
    adopted a pig which we took care of when staying on the farm, and we helped Chet
    bring the cows into milk, and we actually learned how to milk cows!! What special
    memories we have our cousin ,Chet, we will always treasure our wonderful times
    together. We will miss you Chet, and our thoughts and prayers will be with you, Lisa, and Tom. God Bless. Love, Marlene & Dave and my sister, Donna

  • Dear Lisa and Tom,
    Our prayers are with you and your families with the passing of your dear father. His wisdom and love for the Lord was evident to all who were blessed to know him. His response to the question as to how he was doing will always be remembered, “Better than I deserve, ” that witnessed to others of God’s mercy and grace.
    John still remembers the night that they “belled” your newly wed parents by making them push each other in a wheelbarrow at the freeway truck stop. Good memories of both of them.
    May ” the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding ” ( Phil. 4:7) comfort you until you see him again in Heaven for all eternity.
    John and Bonnie

  • Tom, I’m very sorry to hear of your father passing. It’s been many years since I have seen any of you but your parents were always nice to me. Prayers of peace to you and your family during this time.

  • No words can explain the loss our family feels with losing Chet. He certainly was a big part of our large family. Norma picked a wonderful husband that everyone loved. The time Paul and I spent with Norma and Chet on vacations and in our home was so special. What fun we had together! Yes, when asking how he was doing was always followed by better than I deserve. We love you Tom and Lisa

  • Lisa & Tom, our hearts are so broken by the loss of our brother Chet. He was always there for any of us and we never thought of him as an in law. He was one of the best brothers that anyone could ever have. We first met him at our home in Austin, Texas In 1961 when our son was 6 weeks old and it was just like we had know him for ever. We lived on the base in Austin. All our neighbors that met him fell in love with him and none of us wanted him to leave. He was there for us a year ago when we lost our son and we could feel his love for all the family. The many times we got to spend with him and Norma was very special and we will miss him more than words can tell. Love you children with all our hearts and just know that you will always be a very important part of our lives. God Bless you both. If we can ever do anything for you, please let us know.