Beams Funeral Home

200 W Toledo St Box 5, Fremont, IN


Dennis Martin Baxla

September 3, 1950March 16, 2020

Dennis Martin Baxla, age 69, Fremont, Indiana, passed away on Monday, March 16, 2020 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Dennis was born on September 3, 1950 in Delaware County, Indiana.

He graduated from Delta High School in 1968. He continued his education and graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor and Master’s Degree.

Dennis served our Country in the United States Air Force Reserves.

He was retired from Lakeland High School after teaching, math, business, and computer classes for many years.

He attended the Fremont United Methodist Church for several years. He served in the Northeastern Lodge # 210 F & AM, and later the Meridian Sun Lodge # 76 F & AM for a combined 53 years. Dennis enjoyed fishing, taking many trips to Moose Lake, Canada, woodworking, and reading books.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra Mae (Gould) Baxla of Fremont, Indiana, sons, Ryan Baxla of Fremont, Indiana, Jason Baxla of South Bend, Indiana, and Justin (Kristal) Baxla of Bronson, Michigan, grandchildren, Nick Reffeitt, Lucas Baxla, Cole Baxla, Logan Baxla, Cooper Baxla, and Lauren Baxla, a great-grandson, Bryson Baxla, and sisters, Rebecca (Jack) Odle of Anderson, Indiana, and Karen (Van) Myers of Parker City, Indiana.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carrol Martin Baxla and Sarah Louise (Manning) Bosworth, and a daughter, Christina Baxla.

Following his wishes cremation will take place.

A Celebration of his Life will be held at a later time. Burial will be at Jamestown Cemetery, Fremont, Indiana.

Memorial donations in his memory may be directed to the charity of the donor’s choice.


  • A Celebration of Life will be held at a later time.


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Jeff Conrad

March 19, 2020

It was a honor to have taught with Dennis at LHS. He was a dedicated teacher and leader. I looked to him for guidance and enjoyed the stories that he shared.
Thoughts and prayers to his family.

Jeff Conrad

Alan and Karen Middleton

March 19, 2020

Sandy and Family,
We are very sorry to learn of the passing of Dennis. You will be in our thoughts and prayers during this sad time.
Sending deepest sympathies,
Alan & Karen

Jackie Yunker

March 19, 2020

I never liked math. But i really loved math with Mr. Baxla! He never gave up on me. He made sure i got what he wanted me to learn. He ALWAYS had a smile on his face. He ALWAYS said hi in the hall to his students. I was just thinking of Mr. Baxla the other day. I was so happy he cared about all his students. School was ALWAYS hard for me but, Mr.Baxla made math fun. With Mr. Baxla i got B's in math for the 1st time in my life.

I am so sorry Mr. Baxla is gone. I pray for all his family. God bless Mr. Baxla and his family. He will be missed by his family and. past students.

Laura Kratz

March 19, 2020

Mr. Baxla taught me more than Math, because he was MORE than just a teacher. He had much more faith in my abilities than I did. He was willing to hold Math club and help all struggling students. May God comfort your family and give you peace in your grief.

Dennis Risser

March 19, 2020

I taught with Denny at Lakeland in the business department and enjoyed out time together during those teaching years. We also both were father of twins. Mine were both girls and his both boys.
May God bring comfort to his family and friends as we share his passing.

Tina Johnson

March 19, 2020

He was my Math teacher back in the day , i am so sorry for your loss, he was a great teacher . You are all in my thoughts and prayers for your loss. May God be with you all through tbis difficult time.

Linda Booher

March 19, 2020

Mr. Baxla was a fun teacher. Made Algebra fun. You could tell he cared about us as students. Sorry for your loss. May God bring you comfort

Brenda Sommers

March 19, 2020

I worked with Dennis at my first job, Char-Boy....that was umpteen years ago. He loved a good joke and liked to prank. Great guy and a wonderful family man!! Praying for you, Sandi, and your family. 💐

Steven Dirig

March 18, 2020

My condolences to the family. He was a teacher for me back in 87/88 . His teachings back then helped me through aspects of college. He questioned my thinking processes and open to better knowledge. He was a great man.

Kara Rathke

March 18, 2020

My heart and sympathy goes out to his family and friends. Mr. Baxla was a great teacher. He introduced me to business, computers and accounting. None of which was on my radar, but he saw something in me I didn't. He was kind, influencial and patient.