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Loveland Reporter Herald (Loveland, Larimer, Colorado)
Tuesday May 20, 2003 page B-3
Donald Lee Baxter, 75, of Shenandoah, Iowa, formerly of Loveland, died May 12, 2003, at
the Shenandoah Medical Center in Shenandoah.
Memorial services were May 15, at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah, with
the Rev. Rick Sleyster officiating.
Military rites were conducted by the Shenandoah American Legion Post No. 88 Honor Guard.
Inurnment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah.
Mr. Baxter was born July 27, 1927, in Shenandoah, to Johnie Levi and Dana Grace Amos
Baxter. He attended Shenandoah schools and graduated from Shenandoah High School in 1945.
He married Romona Gitchell on Sept. 13, 1948.
He served in the military for 40 years, retiring from the Iowa National Guard as a
brigadier general. During his military career, he spent most of his time in command
positions and operations. He also taught military tactics and served as the department
head of the tactics committee of the Iowa State Military Academy. He attended Officer’s
Training School at Fort Benning, Ga., as well as many other military schools including
U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
He became city clerk for the city of Shenandoah in 1954. He was appointed city manager in
After leaving this position in 1972, he held positions as chief of police for Shenandoah,
state auditor for Iowa auditing city and school district records), sales manager for an
insurance company and a recruiter for the Colorado National Guard. He retired from all
military activity in 1987.
He managed the Loveland American Legion Post veterans club from 1987 to 1990. He served as
the Loveland American Legion Post No. 15 commander for two years and was a member for more
than 16 years.
He managed the Fawn Valley Inn and Dark Horse Lounge in Estes Park from 1990 to 1994. He
served as a security officer for APG Security Inc., Symbios Logic Site from 1994 to 2003,
where he developed and implemented employee training programs for new employees.
He moved to Shenandoah from Loveland three weeks before his death.
He is survived by his children, Jack Baxter and wife Jacque of Shenandoah, Danna York and
husband Perry of Waverly, Neb., John B. Baxter and wife Julie of Shenandoah, Darla Bowers
of Red Oak, Iowa, Debra Baxter of Waverly, Jay Baxter and wife Tracy of Kansas City, Mo.;
companion, Patricia Nickels of Loveland; 16 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and