C. Roger Baxter, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away April 14, 2021, at the Long Term Care Center in Cody. He was 84.
Roger was born Aug. 14, 1937, in Farnham, Nebraska, to Charles and Mattie Baxter. When Roger was 3, his family moved to Powell, where they began farming.
Roger graduated from Powell High School in 1955, and then Northwest College in 1957, after which he joined the Army. After being honorably discharged, Roger returned to Powell and started farming and raising hogs with his father.
In 1963, he married Patricia Way, of Cody. At that time, he started working for his father-in-law at Gordon’s Husky Service, which later became Gordon’s Oil Company. He became a partner in the business until 2005, when he retired and sold the business.
Roger was a hardworking, honest man who enjoyed working with the public. He belonged to the Elks Lodge #1611 for 63 years and the Freemasons for 51 years. He was also a Shriner for 46 years. Roger worked through the Masonic Chairs until becoming worshipful master in Cody, in 1976. Freemasonry was a very important part of his life until death.
Roger loved to garden and especially loved growing tulips and roses. He also had a lifelong love of animals, and in recent years had two beloved dogs, Jake and Coulter.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents, brother Donald Baxter, and sister Loueen Royal, and daughter-in-law, Tammy, who he thought so highly of.
He is survived by his wife, Pat; sister Audrey Gwathmey, of San Diego, California; children, Steve Baxter of Jerome, Idaho; Tim Baxter (Janci), of Powell; and Amie Lundberg (Stan) of Powell; grandchildren, Ty Baxter (Jill) of Bend, Oregon, and Chase and Gabri Lundberg; and great granddaughter, Eme Louise Baxter; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services will be announced at a later date. Condolences may be shared through Roger’s memorial page at www.BallardFH.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, VA 22166-7023, or the Park County Animal Shelter, 3 Arrow Ave., Cody, WY, 82414.