CREVE COEUR - Ronald Julian Baxter, 75, of Creve Coeur passed away at 11:21 p.m. Thursday, July 3, 2014, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Born Dec. 23, 1938, in Peoria to Julian and Kathleen (Begrin) Baxter, he married Norma Jean Byrd on June 30, 1957, in Creve Coeur. She died Oct. 13, 2009.
His parents also preceded him in death.
Surviving are two sons, Gregory (Barbara) Baxter of Washington and Donald Baxter of Pekin; two grandchildren, Haley Baxter and Logan Baxter; two sisters, Sharon Baxter of Farmington and Debbie (Don) Brincken of North Port, Fla.; and his companion for the past 3 1/2 years, Donna Williams of Pekin.
Ron worked at Caterpillar Inc. for 37 years, retiring in 1992 as a pipefitter in Mossville.
He was a longtime member and former director of the River Valley Sportsman's Club.
Ron enjoyed fishing, woodworking and spending time with friends at the Pekin Boat Club and River Valley Sportsman's Club.
A gathering celebrating his life will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, at the Pekin Boat Club. Cremation will be accorded.
Arrangements are by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Creve Coeur.
Memorial contributions may be made to River Valley Sportsman's Club, c/o John Clark, 1002 Tottenham Court, Washington, IL 61571.
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