EAST PEORIA - Edward A. "Ed" Baxter, 81, of East Peoria died at 1:12 p.m. on Sunday, April 21, 2013, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
He was born on April 22, 1931, in Ballard, Ky., to Charles Evert and Nannie Elizabeth Stratton Baxter. He married Mary Evelyn Franklin on July 18, 1952, in Lawrenceburg, Ky. She survives.
He is survived by his four daughters, Sylvia (Gayford) Bellinger of LaRose, Ill., Rose Childers of East Peoria, Brenda Romania of Momence, Ill., and Sandra (Eddie) Carr of Sunnyland, Ill.; one brother, Ken (Lucy) Baxter of Hermitage, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one son, Doyle Randall Baxter; his parents; and one brother.
Ed served his country during the Korean War in the United States Army. He was stationed in Japan. During his years of service he received a Silver Star, the Occupation Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
After serving in the military, he went to work for Caterpillar Inc. in East Peoria. He worked for 30 years as a truck driver, retiring in 1980.
He was a member of Pigeon Fork Baptist Church in Shelby County, Ky.
Ed enjoyed flying and was a licensed pilot. He was a member of Experimental Aircraft Association in Osh- kosh, Wis.
Ed was a past member of the Tazewell County Sheriff's Department Auxiliary, served with Tazewell County Civil Defense as a volunteer, and was a member of American Legion Post 983 in East Peoria.
There will be a funeral service for Ed on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in East Peoria. Pastor Bruce Williamson will officiate. There will be a visitation on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Fondulac Cemetery in East Peoria.
Ed's memorial website may be found at www.deiters-funeralhome.com, where online condolences may be sent to the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Association.