Baxter, Lewis Daniel 75, passed away peacefully February 3, 2021.
Lew was born May 13, 1945 in Minneapolis, MN to John and Mary (Eaton) Baxter. After graduating from Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, he entered Macalester College, majoring in Classics, graduating in 1967.
After leaving Macalester, Lew joined the Air Force and as a pilot served in Vietnam. Returning home, he continued to serve in Wichita, Kansas, and in Washington, D.C., at the Pentagon, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. In Tampa, he proudly worked for United States Central Command and Special Operations Command. He then relocated to the city of Savannah, Georgia, working for nonprofit organizations, and he retired there.
Lew was a loving husband, father, brother, and friend, a generous and loyal companion. He was proud of his service to his country and loved to tell stories about his years as a pilot and budget analyst in the Pentagon. He had many hobbies and interests, including travel and history, geology, coin collections, movies, and politics.
He will be interred in Arlington National Cemetery.
He is survived by Candy Baxter; his son, John Thayer Baxter; and his brother, Charles Baxter.
Lew: it’s that time again I left a bar of soap hanging on our bedroom door and a box of tide. Your Kirk Hall Roommate. Fly Alone, Unarmed, Unafraid. Happy Landings
- William Daniels, Saint Louis Park , MN
- Belin, Chattanooga , Tennessee
Lew: 32 years of friendship was not long enough. Through the good times and more challenging times our friendship grew ever stronger. We will miss you and will leave a light on for you. Farewell friend.
- Cam and Susan Miles, Valrico, FL
Papa Lew, we miss you terribly. JT and I think of you so often. We know that it was your time; and time waits for no one. But we miss you. Any time I am out searching for "treasure", you will be with me.
- Kim Baxter, Alpharetta, GA
The years seem to get away from all of us. I wish I had kept in touch. Lew was a big hearted man. I will never forget the times we shot skeet together. So sorry for all of our loss, particularly that of his son. Lew's eyes used to light up just talking about him.
- Michael Williams, Macon, GA
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel