Richard Grant Baxter


Richard Grant Baxter, 93, passed away in the early evening of Jan. 16, 2019. During his last weeks, his son and daughter surrounded him with love and support, comforting him in his final days and easing his journey to a joyful reunion with his beloved wife, Nancy.

Richard was the second of three sons born to Earl and Lizzie Baxter. He grew up on the family farm in Illinois. At the age of 19, he enlisted in the US Army Air Corps. He flew over Italy during World War II, proudly serving his country as an airplane armorer-gunner.  After his honorable discharge in 1945, he returned home to Illinois for a short while. He then migrated to California, where he met his future wife. 

Richard and Nancy were married for 58 years and raised their family in Alameda. In their retirement, they enjoyed traveling and their life in the beautiful town of Paradise, Calif. Richard was active in his church and community. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need.

Richard began his career in commercial construction as a laborer and worked his way up to a project manager. During his 40 years in the business, he was responsible for many of the hospitals built across the state.

Richard is predeceased by his wife, Nancy, and his eldest brother, Ken Baxter. He is survived by his younger brother, Ralph (Sylvia) Baxter; sister-in-law Starley Baxter; son Scott (Karen) Baxter; daughter Susan Baxter; grandson Ken (Michelle) Baxter and great-grandson Christopher Baxter.

The family wishes to thank AEC Elders Inn in Alameda for all their help and guidance during Richard’s stay.

There will be a memorial service and reception held on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 10:30 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 1700 Santa Clara Ave., in Alameda. Donations in the name of Richard Baxter may be contributed to a favorite charity.