Timothy Baxter

A Celebration of Life for Timothy Lee Baxter, 56, Lawrence will be held 4 p.m., Saturday, February 4, 2012 at First Church of the Nazarene south of Lawrence.  He died January 31, 2012 in Lawrence surrounded by his friends and family, following a long and courageous battle with cancer. 

Timothy was born on February 26, 1955 in Fort Knox, Kentucky the son of Donald G. and Norma R. (Barton) Baxter.  

He moved to Lawrence, KS in 1957.  He attended Lawrence schools and graduated from Lawrence High School.  He then graduated from Highland Community College. 

He worked for TRW later named Lawrence Technology for over 20 years before retiring in 1995.  He then joined the family business, Baxter Racing and Ford Parts.  He traveled with his father’s top fuel dragster, the “Jayhawker” from 1976 – 1982 before taking the driver’s seat from 1985 – 2002 after the car was switched to top alcohol.                           

He was a former long-time member of the NHRA and was an avid KU fan.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending his summers in Colorado with his two daughters.  He won the TRW All Star Race in 1989.  He was 3-time Division 5 drag racing champion and received Sportsman of the Year award several times.

Tim married Penny Brecheisen on April 25, 1981.

Survivors include his parents, Don and Norma Baxter; two daughters, Lindsay Baxter, Overland Park, KS, Lacey Baxter, Lawrence; one brother, Robert A. “Bob” Baxter, and wife, Lisa; one sister, Dawn Kristine “Kris” Wilson, and fiancé; Theron Gregg; former wife and friend, Penny Baxter; nieces and nephews, Kelly Gofus, and husband, Sean, and their daughter, Jovee, Roxanne Baxter, Dan Baxter, Ryan Courtney, and wife, Sherene, Brett Courtney, and wife, Caitlin, Jared and Jacob Wilson.  Tim was the nephew of Phyllis & Kenny Glenn, Waverly, KS, Juanita Barton Robinson, Florissant, CO, James Barton, Pueblo, CO.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Tim Baxter Memorial Fund and may be sent in care of Douglas County Bank or Warren-McElwain Mortuary. 

A reception will follow the service at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1470 N. 1000 Road, Lawrence, 66046


37 Condolences

  1. Susan (Hanenkrat) Davies on February 1, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    My prayers go out to Tim’s family. He was a remarkable person. Although it has been many years since we last saw each other he has always held a special place in my heart. He was a true friend.

  2. THOMAS HANENKRAT on February 1, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    My prayers go to Tim’s family and friends. I am in the Rio Grand Valley in Texas so I will not be able to attend the services. Don and Norma, may the good Lord be with you in this trying time.

  3. Buck & Connie Kauffman on February 1, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Our prayers go out to the Baxter family. RIP Tim.
    We love you.

  4. Jeff Tryon on February 1, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Don, Norma and family, you are in my prayers. Love, Jeff

  5. David Rinke on February 2, 2012 at 5:02 am

    RIP Tim you will be missed. My prayers go out to your family. David Rinke

  6. Barbara (Barbie) Tuckel-Wolford & Family on February 2, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Penny, Lindsay, Lacey and Family:

    We all loved Tim dearly and will truly miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.
    Sending love your way.

  7. Gary Tollefson on February 2, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Don, Norma, Bob, Kris, Lacey and Lindsay, I had always hoped that this day would never come, and though I have not been as close to you as a family, I always kept Tim in my prayers. My prayer for you today is that you would come to know the peace that passes all understanding found only in Christ. Through this difficult time, He is the only sure strength that is eternal, and steadfast. As hard as it is to write this final tribute, life must go on and may you look to Christ for the future. May God bless you all, and I am so sorry for your family and the loss of Tim.

  8. Traci (Barnard) Fullerton on February 2, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Thought are with you Don, Norma, Lindsay and Lacey. May your heart find peace through your friends and family.

  9. Kathy Donn , Frank, Travis & Will on February 2, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Take care of the family and know that Tim will always be with you, in your hearts and memories. His huge smile and compassion for everyone around him made him a very special person. He is loved by all who truly knew him.

  10. Eddie and Jean Eiffert on February 2, 2012 at 10:00 am

    We send our love to all of you.

  11. Vicky V. Phllips on February 2, 2012 at 10:02 am

    My thoughts are with you and your girls, embrace the times you had together and rejoice in having him in your lives.

  12. Harv & VaLera Groening on February 2, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Sorry to hear about Tim’s passing. Lots of memories from Harper Street.

  13. Larry & Ruthie Hatfield on February 2, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Tim will be missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts are with you.

  14. terry bowen on February 2, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss, and this one is a big one, I will always remember Tim, the jayhawker, and lawna, we all had a lot of good times together, I will see you on the other side Tim, rest in peace

  15. Kathy (Mayo) Sposato on February 2, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of the Baxter family.Love Kathy

  16. Leon & Judy Dreiling on February 2, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole Baxter family at this trying time. RIP Tim.

  17. Linda Urish on February 2, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    You were just a little boy when I met you at the Quarter Midget race track, right next to Lawrence Dragstrip. Sooo many memories. You’re battle is over now, but forever you will stay in our hearts. Love to you & your family.

  18. Fred Shirk on February 2, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Don, Norma and family so sorry to read about Tim. We are down in Florida and will not be able to attend the service. Thoughts and prayers to all of you.

    Fred and Linda Shirk

  19. Becky Radford on February 2, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Don,Norma,Lindsay and Lacey my thoughts are with you all. I still have a piston from the Jayhawker that he signed for me years ago that still sits in my office. Love to you all.

  20. vali (shane) larrick on February 2, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    So sorry for your loss

  21. Bernard Lee on February 2, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Don & Norma – our thoughts and parayers go out to you in your time of loss of your Son.
    Bernard & Viola Lee

  22. Bill & Ann Pryor on February 3, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Don and family,please accept our sincere condolences for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  23. Norma Peak on February 3, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Please know that all of you have been in my prayers during this difficult time. My memories of Tim was that he was a very cute little boy and always “into things”! Faith, family and friends will help you thru this.

  24. Rusty Elliott on February 3, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Tim was a real friend. Allway’s would talk about racing or the weather it didn’t matter. He will be missed greatly.

  25. Harlan Miller on February 3, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Don & Norma, so sorry to hear of the loss of Tim. My prayers and condolences go out to you and all of Tim’s friends and relatives.

  26. Michelle Karau-Baker on February 3, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    My condolences to all.

  27. Bob and Paula Hahn on February 3, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Don, Norma, Lacey, Lindsay, Bob, Lisa, and family – we are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  28. Pattie & Jack Frost on February 3, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Dear Friends:
    Our Prayers are with you all. No more tears of sorrow only smiles and memories. Build on the strenght that we will all meet again, with-out pain. May you find peace in knowing he will not suffer.

  29. Jimmy Flowers & Family on February 3, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Don, Norma, and Family- We’re sorry to hear about the loss of Tim. He was a great guy and will be missed. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  30. Randy Weidman on February 4, 2012 at 7:52 am

    You had a positive impact on my life. You have a special place in my heart.

  31. Kathy Fdoe on February 4, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Blessings to all the Baxter family. My heartfelt sympathy. Peace be with you all.

  32. Michael and Monica Chavez on February 4, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    To Tim’s family our thoughts and prayers are with you. Tim will be greatly missed.

  33. Nancy Gill on February 4, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Lindsay and Lacey, My deepest sympathy on your great loss. May happy memories ease your burden.

  34. Bob & Marlene Swaggerty on February 4, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    We are deeply saddened to hear of your loss. May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead.

    Bob & Marlene Swaggerty

  35. Tamara Starkey on February 8, 2012 at 8:45 am

    My prayers go out to the Baxter Family. What a remarkable man Tim was. I was blessed to have known him. He enhanced everyones life he touched. The stories I have of Tim have been with me and shared for years. Thank you.

  36. Tom and JoAnn Ekart and Family on February 12, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    We were so sorry to hear of Tim’s death. What a wonderful son that you had. He was always so nice to me and to everyone. He will be missed.
    I thank God everyday that I have been given. Our thoughts are with you.
    The Ekart Family

  37. Nkulu on April 14, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Im not an envious psoren, but after seeing all that beautiful wax I must admit the little green eyed devil is making itself known! I make candles, and one of the best candle making waxes is beeswax, but you will already know this Do you sell yours or use it for yourselves? If you sold it, I’d seriously be tempted to buy some but I expect the customs thieves would make it prohibitively expensive to import here. Anyways, great video .keep em coming !

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