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Orin Wayne BaxterPassing: May 2, 2023


Thornton Park Shelter House

Celebration of Life

Saturday, May 20th @ 4:00pm


No Visitation


No Burial

HELTONVILLE – Orin Wayne Baxter, 69, passed away Tuesday, May 2, 2023, at Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital.

Born May 10, 1953, in Bedford, he was the son of Richard and Doris M. (Turner) Baxter. Orin married Laurna Jenkins in 1977 and Sherry Yates in 1991. 

Orin was a graduate of Mitchell High School and a U.S. Army veteran.  He worked in receiving at K-Mart and then in receiving for Wal-Mart.  Orin was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1686 and the Bedford Eagles 654.  He loved Star Trek and was a “Trekkie”, and he was a Patriots fan. 

Surviving are his son, Timothy Baxter of Bedford; one daughter, Robin Baxter; step-children, Matt Yates of Hondo, Texas and Zach (Ashley) Yates, who has blessed him with several grandchildren, of Washington, Indiana; sister, Shirley Jones of Huron; niece whom he was very close with, Doris Prewitt; as well as great-niece, Kaci Prewitt; and great-great nieces and nephews, Clayton McKinney, Kaiden McKinney, Hayden McKinney, Zoie McKinney and MacKenzie McKinney. 

His parents and siblings, William G. “Gurney” Baker, Laverne Baker, Lonnis Baker, and Alma K. Baker, preceded him in death.

Cremation has been chosen.

Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, May 20, 2023, at the Thornton Park Shelter House Thornton Park, Bedford, Indiana at 4:00 p.m. Family will provide main dish, two side dishes, and water. Guests are asked to bring side dishes or desert to pitch in as well. Please contact Kaci Prewitt at (812) 278-0368 to RSVP. There is an event on Facebook as well.

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2 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Richard (Rick) White | Indianapolis IN
    Date: May 8, 2023
    We were neighbors and child hood friends. He assisted me in growing and maintaining our family raspberry patch. We both made some money doing that. Many experiences on Woodsferry Road. I often wondered about him I just don’t get back to Mitchell very often.
  2. Guest: Sandra K. Adams | Bedford
    Date: May 7, 2023
    My uncle Orin, my daddy's baby brother was a quiet man with a wonderful sense of humor. I always looked forward to the weekends when he and my cousin Doris along with many others would come to our house when I was a child and gather around while my dad and others would play guitar and sing. He would pick on me in a fun jokingly way and I'd always try to prank him to get even but I couldn't out smart him. Good memories. My deepest sympathy for Timothy, Robin and the family. Love, Sandi