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Leslie Kelly Baxter
(July 8, 1925 - March 7, 2012)

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Leslie Kelly Baxter

U.S. Veteran

Baxter, Leslie K. Jr., 86, loving husband, father, and devoted grandparent. died on March 7, 2012. Rosary: 7 p.m., Sunday, Mar. 18. Funeral Mass: 10:30 a.m., Mon. Mar. 19, both at St France of Assisi Catholic Church, 866 N Socora. The youngest of 8 children of Leslie and Lena Baxter, he was born in Wichita, KS on July 8, 1925. He attended East High School and graduated in 1943. He then enlisted in the Army and was stationed in Papua, New Guinea until 1945. He graduated from Kansas State University (KSU) in 1950 with a degree in Structural Engineering. From 1950-1952, he was recalled to the Army as a first lieutenant in Germany. Upon return, he began an engineering career that spanned 60 years, working for Hartwell and Associates, Hartwell and Baxter, and Boeing. He was a founding partner of Professional Engineering Consultants, consulted privately, and taught elective classes at Wichita State University. He and Bette Bender married in 1949. They celebrated their 60th anniversary before her death in 2010. He was passionate about KSU, golf, jazz and Big Band music, and gardening. He was an alcoholic who was very involved with AA, and proudly celebrated 28 years of sobriety last fall. He is predeceased by his parents and 7 siblings, and his wife, Bette Baxter. He is survived by his children: Rodney (Lisa) Baxter, Cynthia (Dan) Hemenway, Katie (Frank) Rajewski; grandchildren: Sarah Rajewski, Kathleen Rajewski, and Nathan Baxter; and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the KSU College of Engineering, Leslie Baxter memorial, KSU Foundation, 2323 Anderson Ave, Manhattan, KS 66502.

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