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James C. Baxter

January 30, 1947 December 5, 2021
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James “Jim” Clair Baxter, age 74, of Southfield, MI, passed away Sunday, December 5, 2021, after a long battle of serious health issues. He served in Vietnam from 1968-1969 as a United States Army Sergeant with the 5th Battalion, 12th Infantry, 199th Light Infantry Brigade, also known as the “Redcatchers.” Jim was born January 30, 1947, at home in Allen Park, MI. He was the son of the late Hubert Clare Baxter and the late Loretta Gertrude (Geise, Baxter) Hofmann. He was raised in Allen Park and attended kindergarten with his life-long friend and beloved brother-in-law, Frank Cernak. He went on to complete his elementary and high school education at St. Francis Cabrini in Allen Park, MI. He received his undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University and graduate degree credits from Eastern Michigan University.

Jim enjoyed spending time on and around the water at his family’s hand-built cottage overlooking North Lake on Sauer Drive in Gregory, MI. He shared his love for his speed boat, water skiing, barbequing, and swimming. Neighbors often saw him rowing his loved ones around the lake in the rowboat. He loved talking about how he would drive the nuns from church out to the cottage in his convertible Porsche to take them water skiing. One of his favorite spots was the picnic table on the boat house where many games of Chess were played.

He married the love of his life, Rosella “Rose” (Bugnacki) Baxter, on June 22, 1974, at St. Henry’s Church in Lincoln Park, where they celebrated with a reception at his sister and brother-in-law’s (Jane and Bill Farrer’s) home on Chelsea Street in Trenton, MI. He was a self-employed insurance agent that worked out of the home so that he could spend quality time with his family. This allowed for many family get-togethers, road trips, and camping adventures.

Jim and Rose raised their family in Southfield, Michigan, where they were active parishioners of St. Michael Roman Catholic Church. Jim was also an active member of St. Michael’s Men’s Club. Throughout those years, Jim was known for his life-long service to the community through the South Oakland Shelter (SOS) program that St. Michael’s Church hosted for a week once a year. He helped establish the program and coordinated meals, transportation, food, entertainment, and shelter for the homeless.

Jim was an avid Notre Dame football fan and a life member of the Dunham/Ray VFW Post #2645 in Southfield, MI. He really enjoyed playing Euchre, Poker, and Phase 10 with his grandkids and family. He also loved playing Risk, Cribbage, Chess, and Chinese Checkers with anyone who he could convince to play. His love of blasting music with his tall speakers and sharing his favorite vinyl records was passed on to all his family. He led many family workouts to Elton John, Moody Blues, and Crosby Stills & Nash. Jim was his kids’ and grandkids’ greatest fans, always traveling and attending basketball, baseball, volleyball, and softball games for many years. Jim’s family far outreached the limits of his immediate family. He was a father, brother, mentor, and friend to so many he encountered throughout his life and the people he loved and served.

Jim is survived by his daughter, Jeane (Matt) Zimmie, daughter; Susan (Jen Stark) Baxter; son, James (Jennifer) Baxter; granddaughter, Sydney Baxter; grandsons, James and Jack Baxter; sister, Carol Monroe; a host of beloved sisters in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, and his dog, Karley. Jim is preceded in death by his wife, Rosella “Rose” Jean (Bugnacki) Baxter; brother, Ralph Baxter; sister, Mary “Jane” (Baxter) Farrer; father, Hubert Clare Baxter; mother, Loretta Gertrude (Geise, Baxter) Hofmann; mother-in-law, Lorraine Sennia (Dubois) Bugnacki, brother-in-law, William B. Farrer; brother-in-law, Leon “Lee” Monroe, brother-in-law, Frank Cernak; niece, Karen Cernak; and Army brothers, Geoff Rudell, Wayne “Rocky” Washam, and Al Grimsley.

Visitation will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty St., Milford, MI 48381, on Sunday, December 12, 2021 from 1:30PM - 4:00PM.

A Funeral Service will take place on Monday, December 13, 2021 at the Church of the Transfiguration, 25225 Code Rd, Southfield, MI 48033 beginning at 10:00AM. Friends and family may gather at the Church starting at 9:30AM.

For further information, please contact Lynch & Sons, Milford at 248-684-6645.

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1:30 PM 12/12/2021 1:30:00 PM - 4:00 PM 12/12/2021 4:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford

404 E. Liberty Street
Milford, MI 48381

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford
404 E. Liberty Street Milford 48381 MI
United States





10:00 AM 12/13/2021 10:00:00 AM
Church of the Transfiguration

25225 Code Rd.
Southfield, MI 48033

Friends and family may gather at the Church beginning at 9:30AM.

Church of the Transfiguration
25225 Code Rd. Southfield 48033 MI
United States

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