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 www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.