AUBURN, ME—Ethan L. Baxter Jr., 83, a resident of Jay, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2018 at the Hospice House of Androscoggin in Auburn, Maine. He was born Oct. 15, 1935 in Milton, Vt. The son of Ethan L. Baxter Sr. and Margie Fitch, he attended schools in Milton and then proudly served three years in the United States Army during the Korean War.
He then became a farmer and did carpentry work. He became a millwright, travelling the New England States from 1960 until his retirement in 1997. He then worked on a farm with his best friend, Dana Morse, for many years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #40 in Milton American Legion in Gorham, N.H., a life member of the Jay Amvets Post 33 and the V.F.W. 3335. He was also a member of the Hillside Sports Club and Farmington Elks Lodge.
Ethan enjoyed gardening, hunting, dancing, razzing people, and loved his animals dearly. He loved to watch the birds and educate everyone he could as to what kind of bird was at the feeder. Ethan also enjoyed eating his “damn fried eggs” and smoking his Swisher Sweet cigars while waving at people going by the Morse Farm.
He is survived by his son, Timothy Baxter, of Burlington; daughter, Susan Baxter, of Tucson, Ariz.; stepdaughters Brenda Medcoff and Terri Harris of Jay; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his dedicated caretaker who made sure he had his beloved fried eggs every day, Lucrecia “Lue” Raymond; his best friend, Dana Morse; his other assistant and special friends Christie Lee and also Linda Autrey and Glen White.
He was predeceased by his parents; his daughters Kathy Baxter and Margie Wright; his brothers, Clinton, Calvin, Fitch and Earl Baxter; and longtime companion, Lois Medcoff. The family sends a special thank you to Lucretia Raymond, Christie Lee, the medical staff at CMMC and the Hospice House of Androscoggin in Auburn for the dedicated care and support they gave to Ethan and his family.