William "Bill" Joe Baxter

November 4, 1954December 5, 2018

William J. “Bill” Baxter, 64, of Bloomington died Wednesday, December 05, 2018 in I.U. Health Hospice House. He was born November 4, 1954 in Bloomington to William Baxter and Leoda K. Souders Baxter. He was retired from the Ellettsville Fire Department and Bloomington Hospital EMS.

Survivors include his wife Theresa King Baxter of Bloomington; four children, Renee (husband Bryan) Hixson of Ellettsville, Bill (wife Stephanie) K. Baxter of Bloomington, Joshua (wife Kimberly) Baxter of Goshen and Ruth (husband Jon) Barnes of Ft. Wayne; 18 grandchildren; two sisters, Sandra Barkes of Columbus and Jane (husband Kevin) Parsley of Springville; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Carol Terpenning Baxter; a brother and sister in law, Jack and Sue Baxter; and a brother in law, Fred Barkes .

Bill or Big Dog as he was known around the fire house worked with the Ellettsville Fire Department for 38 years, he also worked as a transport driver at Bloomington Hospital. He was a member of the Ellettsville Masonic Lodge and the Order of the Eastern Star.

Funeral Services are scheduled for Monday, December 10, 2018 at 1:00 PM in Deremiah-Frye Mortuary, 700 W Gourley Pike with Pastor Larry Mitchell officiating, burial will follow in Valhalla Memory Gardens. There will be a gathering of family and friends on Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 2:00 – 6:00 PM and 1 hour prior to services in the funeral home. Eastern Star and Masonic Services will be held starting at 5:15 p.m. on Sunday during visitation.


  • Gathering of Family and Friends Sunday, December 9, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, December 10, 2018

William "Bill" Joe Baxter

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Debbie Robinson

December 8, 2018

I'm sorry you have lost your best friend. I know how much you will miss him and I hope that the fact that he has gone on before you to be with those he already lost will somehow comfort you in the days to come. Bill was a heck of a guy and the world is missing one of the "good guys" now that he is gone. I will keep you in my prayers in the following days. Love to all he left behind.

Jane Parsley

December 7, 2018

Big brother Bill,how will I go on without you. Your soft heart was always there for me. Your hugs worth a million dollars. I miss you now and find it hard to think you aren't here. You use to hold the tree top down for me and then let it go. I flew so high. You ran over me with your bike. The red one. You cleaned both of my daughters graves for me so I wouldn't have two. I know your walking. And no more treatments of any kind. With Mother, Daddy, Jack, Sue, Fred, Jeff, and many babies we never got to meet. I find comfort knowing Carol was waiting for her birthday gift when you joined her on her birthday. My Kristen and Kala have another uncle to love on them. Wait with all the rest at heavens gate. I will see all of you. Love Janey

Joyce Jackson

December 7, 2018

Theresa, my sympathies during this time. So sorry for your loss. Prayers to you as you celebrate the life of your beloved husband.