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Leslie Baxter 1908-2008

Oct 23, 2008

Funeral service for Leslie Baxter of Ruthven will be 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 23, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Emmetsburg.

Burial is in Silver Lake Cemetery, Ayrshire. The Joyce Funeral Home in Emmetsburg is in charge.

Leslie Baxter died Monday, Oct. 20, 2008, at the Ruthven Care Center. He was 100 years old.

Leslie George Baxter was born Sept. 23, 1908 on a farm near Ayrshire, the son of Robert and Edna (Rouse) Baxter. He attended school in Ayrshire where he also drove the school bus.

On Dec. 30, 1930, Leslie was united in marriage to Gladys Walker in Algona. They farmed near Ayrshire, West Bend, Ruthven, Graettinger and Lone Rock.

Gladys passed away in February of 1973, and in November, Leslie retired to Emmetsburg.

On April 27, 1974, he married Mamie Long in Emmetsburg. They lived in Emmetsburg before moving to Ruthven Assisted Living in August 2002.

Leslie enjoyed farming, helping others, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren. He was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Emmetsburg.

Left to cherish his memory are his two daughters, Doris (Darrel) Malm of Spencer and Lucille (Don) Dammann of Estherville; five grandchildren, Dennis (Rhonda) Dammann, Denise (Jerry) Kinnetz, Darrel Baxter, Dave Malm and Don (Debbie) Malm; seven great-grandchildren, Andrea Kinnetz, Kari Colling, Cheney Dammann, Eric Dammann, Camilla Malm, Jennifer Malm and Mark Malm; two great-great-grandchildren: Braxton Colling and Mackenzie Colling.

Also surviving are a brother, Rolland Baxter of Lone Rock; a sister, Eythel Rowcliffe of Osage; three stepdaughters, Marlys (William) Walters of Bella Vista, AR, Gayle (Doyle) Miller of Klamath Falls, OR, and Ardyth (Alfred) Vignes of Cypress, TX.

Mr. Baxter is preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Gladys and second wife, Mamie; three sons, Alvin, Dale and Robert; two brothers, Bud Baxter and Doc Baxter; and three sisters, Marie Carpenter, Mildred Cutter and Helen Christoffer.

Condolences online at www.joycefuneralhomes.com