Robert J Baxter

May 20, 1929October 31, 2012

   Peoria, IL – Robert J. Baxter, 83, of Peoria passed away at 5:25 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 at his home with his family by his side.

   He was born May 20, 1929 in Galesburg, IL to Richard L. and Helen C. (Yearnshaw) Baxter.  He married Ida Lou Smith in Pekin on Aug. 14, 1949.  She preceded him in death on Nov. 8, 2007.  He was also preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Debra Jean McKown; and niece, Sheril Smith.

   He is survived by 2 sons, Ric (Virginia) Baxter of Peoria Heights, Robert M. Baxter of Peoria; 7 grandchildren, Daniel, Jennifer, Joseph, Summer Anne, Drew, Emily, Elizabeth; 5 great-grandchildren, Finn, Isabella, Jacob, James, Stori; and one sister, Barbara (George) Beres of Pekin.

   Robert worked at the First Financial Bank in Pekin, retiring in Jan. of 1994 as branch manager after 43 years of service.  He was a member of the Peoria Elks Lodge #20 for over 40 years, Peoria Chapter Financial Education Institute, Peoria Chapter of Real Estate Appraisers, Peoria High Boosters Club, and formerly taught little league baseball and biddy basketball.

   The family would like to acknowledge the special care they received from Harbor Light Hospice.

   Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 at Davison-Fulton Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria.  Cremation will be accorded.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.  Online condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Monday, November 5, 2012

Robert J Baxter

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November 6, 2012

i had the joy of takeing care of bob ,he was a joy to work with .working with him and his family is on of the reason why i love doing what i do .love gwen

November 5, 2012

We are so sorry to hear of Bobs Passing,it was a privilege to know him.our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Dan & Patti Shoopman East Peoria,Illinois

November 2, 2012

Our deepest sympathy from our family to yours.
Rolf, Nicole, Erik, & Alex Sivertsen

Sandy & Paul Simpson

November 2, 2012

Dan, Jennie, & Joe, Just read about your grandfáther. So sorry. You and your families will be in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Aunt Sandy & Uncle Paul

Emily Baxter

November 2, 2012

Rest in peace Grandpa. You are loved and will be missed. Thank you for all the wonderful memories you've left us and for all the love you showed over the years. Say hello to Grandma, Aunt Debbie, and Cousin Chicki for me and remind them that they are also loved and missed. Xoxo
- Emily

Tom Wenk

November 2, 2012

Sorry to see Bob's passing. I had the honor and privilege of working with him many years ago at First Federal Savings. He was a great guy. My condolences to his family.