05 Nov 1917 - 18 Sep 2006
21 Sep 2006, Pg 3
Don T. Baxter, 88-year-old former Woodward resident, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2006 at his home in Tulsa surrounded by family and friends. Graveside funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, 2006 in the Elmwood Cemetery with the Rev. Ray Blakley officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.
Donald Theodore Baxter was born Nov. 5, 1917 in Curtis, Okla.; he was the son of Charles George and Jean (Steward) Baxter. He attended Curtis Grade School and graduated from Mooreland High School in 1934. Don worked for Williams Auto Company in Mooreland, doing paint and body work and moved with the business to Woodward at the beginning of World War II. On Nov. 5, 1939, Don was married to Dortha Matilda Bourbonnais in Mooreland. In 1944, they moved to Wichita, Kan. where Don was a foreman for Aero Parts Manufacturing Company, which made parts for military aircraft. Don served in the United Stats Army from April 9, 1945 until Dec. 28, 1946. During his tour of duty, Don played the Clarinet in the 7th Division Army Band. Don and Dortha lived in Woodward from 1946 until 1996. Don worked in Parts Sales for Bosch Electric and Carl's Machine Shop. In 1996, they made their home in Tulsa.
Don was a member of the Faith United Methodist Church in Tulsa and was a member of the First United Methodist Church while living in Woodward. Don was a 33rd Degree Mason and was a member of the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma, Local Lodge #189 in Woodward. He also served as a volunteer firefighter on the Woodward Fire Department. Don loved working with wood and his daughter says he could fix anything. Don will also be remembered for his gift of photography.
Survivors include his wife Dortha Baxter of the home; one daughter and son-in-law, Donna Lynn Burton and Eddie R. Burton; one grandson Robert "Blake" Burton; dear friends Terry and Beverly Willingham all of Tulsa.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Elaine Baxter and Jean Baxter Higgins and one son, Robert George Baxter.
In lieu of flowers, the Baxter's would like to request donations be made to the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 8, Tulsa, Oklahoma with the funeral home accepting the donations.
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