Robert Neil Baxter, age 83, of Colon, passed away unexpectedly Monday, September 28, 2020 at his home.
Robert was born on April 25, 1937 in Hudson, Michigan, a son of the late Neil and Velma (Thompson) Baxter.
Robert graduated from Hudson High School with the class of 1955. Following high school Robert attended Grand Rapids Baptist College and Theological Seminary. There he would achieve his Bachelor of Religious Education degree.
On June 11, 1960 Robert would marry his wife of 60 years, Loralee Anderson in Forrest City, Iowa.
Robert was a pastor for 60 years. He served many communities in various states. Robert was most known as the Colon Baptist Church pastor for 17 years. He would retire in 2016.
Robert is survived by his wife Loralee Baxter of Colon, children: Cynthia (Corey) Wooton of Claire, and Mark Baxter of Colon, four grandchildren: Stephen Underly, Robert Underly, Kelsey Richmond and Emily Wooton, five great grandchildren: Connor, Roger, Isabella, Hazel, and Titus, a brother Richard Baxter and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents Robert was preceded in death by his sister Joyce Ann Baxter.
Following in the families wishes cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends and relatives on Saturday, October 3, 2020 from 10 to 11 AM at the Colon Baptist church. There will be a memorial service held immediately following, starting at 11:00 AM with pastors Maynard Belt and Jerry Hopkins officiating. There will be a luncheon to follow in the church fellowship hall. In leu of flowers the family asks memorials be directed to the Baxter Family. Due to the Covid-19 regulations the family also asks the all guests please wear masks and do their best to follow all social distancing guidelines.