John M. "Jack" Baxter, age 80 passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, May 1, 2013 at his home in Greenwood. He was a former resident of Brown County.
Jack was born on January 31, 1933 in Indianapolis to the late Novie O. and Elizabeth (Gorman) Baxter. He was a 1951 graduate of Sacred Heart High School in Indianapolis and went on to serve with the United States Navy from 1951 to 1955 during the Korean War. After the service, Jack attended Indiana University Purdue University in Indianapolis for two years. He retired in 1998 from Winthrop Supply Company in Indianapolis as a Sales Representative after 33 years of service.
Jack is survived by his loving wife, Clara M. (Miller) Baxter, whom he married in Indianapolis on November 21, 1987. He is also survived by his children: Barbara Jean (Tim) Songer of Greenwood, Mary Jane (Tony) Carrico of Nineveh, John M. (Michelle) Baxter Jr. of Indianapolis, Jeffery Wayne (Wendy) Baxter of Mechanicsburg, Maryland, Michael Jones of Plainfield and Michelle Jones of Franklin. Jack will be remembered by his sixteen grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren and a brother: Father Nick Baxter of San Antonio, TX.
He was preceded in death by a brother: Charles Baxter and one sister: Betty Grady.
Jack was a member of the St. Agnes Catholic Church in Nashville, Greenwood American Legion Post 252, Whiteland Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5864 and the Knights of Columbus in Indianapolis. He enjoyed wintering in Odessa, FL with his wife and playing golf and fishing.
In keeping with Jack's wishes, he will be cremated with internment at East Hill Cemetery in Morgantown. Military rites will be conducted by the Martinsville American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guards. Cremation services have been entrusted to Meredith – Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center in Morgantown.
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