William Benjamin Baxter, 85, a longtime resident of Nelsonville, died April 26, 2018, at NewYork/Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital after a short illness.
Born April 5, 1933, in Beacon, he was the son of John and Evelyn (Mullen) Baxter. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and served during the Korean War. At Green Fan Economizer in Beacon, where he was a welder and metal worker, he was affectionately known as “the whip.” He owned BBG Ironworks until his retirement 10 years ago.
Bill was active in the American Legion, the VFW and the Philipstown Senior Citizens. He loved his German Shepherds, Botto and Blaze, and was a motorcycle and car enthusiast.
He is survived by his daughter Cathy Costello (Thomas); his companion Janice Sheridan; his brother John Baxter (Marlene); his sisters Shirley O’Dell (Earl) and Rose Lobb; his grandchildren Brian Costello of Cold Spring, Rebecca Robert (David) and William “Billy” Benjamin Baxter III of Florida; and a great-granddaughter, Ava Lily Robert.
Visitation will be held on Monday, April 30, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Clinton Funeral Home, 21 Parrott St., in Cold Spring. A funeral service will be held on May 1 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, with interment with military honors to follow at Cold Spring Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Legion Post 275, 275 Cedar St., Cold Spring, NY 10516 or VFW Post 2362, P.O. Box 283, Cold Spring, NY 10516.
Information provided by Clinton Funeral Home
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