Don Steele
B: 1948-04-11
D: 2019-03-18
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Steele, Don
Barbara Pitkethly-Roach
B: 1929-02-09
D: 2019-03-18
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Pitkethly-Roach, Barbara
Nongnoot Wilson
B: 1943-07-22
D: 2019-03-17
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Wilson, Nongnoot
Esther Smith
B: 1930-08-26
D: 2019-03-16
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Smith, Esther
Timothy Kequom
B: 1964-04-29
D: 2019-03-15
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Kequom, Timothy
Felix Carpenter
B: 1936-11-30
D: 2019-03-11
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Carpenter, Felix
Roger Cupps
B: 1961-10-09
D: 2019-03-10
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Cupps, Roger
Paul Wilson
B: 1940-03-12
D: 2019-03-09
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Wilson, Paul
Alice Banaszak
B: 1929-04-28
D: 2019-03-09
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Banaszak, Alice
Thomas Frost
B: 1941-06-15
D: 2019-03-07
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Frost, Thomas
Ty Fuller
B: 1999-10-11
D: 2019-03-04
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Fuller, Ty
Steven Auton
B: 1986-02-02
D: 2019-03-03
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Auton, Steven
Erma Akers
B: 1932-04-03
D: 2019-03-02
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Akers, Erma
Delwin Stewart
B: 1936-02-18
D: 2019-02-27
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Stewart, Delwin
David O'Connell
B: 1956-02-19
D: 2019-02-26
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O'Connell, David
Alan Hardy
B: 1955-11-05
D: 2019-02-25
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Hardy, Alan
David Sims
B: 1953-07-14
D: 2019-02-24
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Sims, David
Sheila Lett-Smith
B: 1939-07-06
D: 2019-02-20
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Lett-Smith, Sheila
Jack Ebeling
B: 1945-07-26
D: 2019-02-19
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Ebeling, Jack
James Walker
B: 1951-09-28
D: 2019-02-18
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Walker, James
James Cleaver
B: 1938-04-16
D: 2019-02-16
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Cleaver, James


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The Staff

All of our staff adhere to the highest standard of ethical practices and are committed to ensuring that all of your needs are attended to. Their commitment to the community and genuine compassion toward families are but a few of the characteristics that make them outstanding in their field. We are proud to have them on our staff.

Scott Baxter, Owner & Licensed Funeral Director

Scott is a lifelong resident of Battle Creek, graduate of Lakeview High School and Valedictorian at Worsham Mortuary College in Chicago, IL. He has been married to his wife Melissa for over 28 years and they have three children: Aria, Braden and Cosner. He serves on the Board of Education for Pennfield Schools, CASBMA Board for Calhoun County and is a member of Victory Life Church. Scott has served the Battle Creek area in funeral service for over 30 years and the founder of the Baxter Funeral & Cremation service.

Melissa Baxter, Support Staff

Melissa is a lifelong resident of Battle Creek, graduate of Pennfield Schools and Western Michigan University where she received her teaching degree. Her and her husband of over 26 year, Scott, have three Children: Aria, Braden and Cosner. She is the music teacher at Purdy Elementary School in the Pennfield School District and is a member of Victory Life Church.

Hailee McCann, Licensed Funeral Director

Hailee was born and raised in Howe, IN but currently lives in Colon, MI. She knew from an early age that mortuary science was what she wanted to pursue while in college. Hailee graduated from Glen Oaks Community College with an Associates in General Studies in 2014, Mid-American College of Funeral Services with a degree in Mortuary Science in 2016, and Southern New Hampshire University with a Bachelors Degree in Human Services in 2018. Hailee recently welcomed a daughter into her family in July 2018. Hailee started working at Baxter Funeral and Cremation Service in October 2016.

Christopher H. Pant, Licensed Funeral Director

Chris currently resides in Sturgis, where he is origally from. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and a Mortuary Science Degree from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. Chris enjoys playing golf, reading and spending time with his family. He has been a licensed funeral director since 2014 and worked in the Lansing area until he came to Baxter Funeral and Cremation Services in 2018.

Rocky Baxter, Office Manager

Eric Thompson, Receptionist

Eric was born and raised in Battle Creek, MI. Where he attended Pennfield High School. Shortly after high school he met his wife-to-be Jessica. They were together for 14 and half years and then tragedy struck. She was fatally killed in a car accident by a drunk driver. That left Eric with many unanswered questions. He became interested in how everything works behind the scenes at a funeral home. After seeing a Baxter commercial he emailed Baxter asking if they have any job openings, and he received a email saying they did. It was a job called removals, unaware of what the job was, he took it anyways to get his foot in the door in this field. He worked his way up from removals to office receptionist in 2017. Eric enjoys helping, working, and connecting with families in their time of need. He found a calling that he’s passionate about.

Casey Freeze, Receptionist

Fred Cummins, Support Staff

Fred and his wife of forty years have three grown children and two grandchildren.  They are lifelong area residents .  Active member at Victory Life Church. Fred and his wife serve on the Altar team also leads in small groups. Fred retired from the Crime Lab of the Battle Creek Police Department.

Stan Root, Support Staff

Stan is a lifelong resident of Battle Creek. After graduating from Battle Creek Central, he served 6 years in the Michigan Air National Guard.  Stan is retired from Consumers Energy after 42 years of service.  Stan and his wife of 45 years, Carolyn are members of First Assembly of God.  They are also proud parents of 3 grown children and 7 beautiful grandchildren. Stan has been employed at Baxter Funeral and Cremation Service since 2011.  

Duane Bartsch, Support Staff

Lifelong area resident. Graduated from Harper Creek, High School. Served in the U.S. Navy during Vietnam war. Retired from Cello-foil then was on staff at First Assembly of God Church. Duane married his beautiful, wonderful wife Evelyn 38 years ago and have 6 adult children. He loves spending time with his grandchildren and enjoying the retirement life. Duane has been with Baxter Funeral and Cremation Service since April 2015.

Roger and Barbara Steele , Support Staff

Roger was born and raised in Battle Creek; graduating from Battle Creek Central High School in 1966. Barbara grew up in Grand Rapids, MI; graduating from Ottawa Hills High School in 1967.  They both graduated from the Grand Rapids School of the Bible and Music, where they met and were married in 1971. Together they worked in children’s ministry and directing camps for 20 years. In 1991 Roger took the pastorate of Atlanta Bible Church in Atlanta, MI where he and Barb served for 24 ½ years. After moving to Atlanta, Barb worked at the local newspaper for about 15 years. In 2010 she accepted the position of mentoring coordinator with MSU Extension; matching at-risk youth with caring adults. Roger and Barb retired in December 2015 and moved back to Battle Creek; purchasing Roger’s boyhood home. Roger and Barb have three grown daughters; all serving in Christian ministry. They have six grandchildren. Roger enjoys umpiring and playing golf. In her spare time Barb enjoys sewing. Roger and Barb have been employed by Baxter Funeral and Cremation Services since April of 2016.

Dan Freehling , Support Staff

Dan grew up in Three Oaks, Michigan.  After high school graduation he joined the U.S. Air Force where he served for four years  and was honorably discharged in 1970.  He was then hired by the Battle Creek Police Department where he worked for the next 23 years retiring as a Lieutenant.  After retirement he entered into a second career working for the State of Michigan - 18 months as a Child Protective Service Caseworker and 11 years as a Parole Agent.
He and his wife of 44 years, Colleen, have 2 married daughters, 4 grandchildren and are members of Calvary Baptist Church.  He has been with Baxter Funeral and Cremation Services since June of 2015.

Crystal Corra, Support Staff

Crystal was born in Georgia, but now resides in Marshall, where she graduated from Marshall High School. Crystal has 3 children and 1 grandchild. Crystal likes Star Wars and Marvel. She enjoys working with people and feels very rewarded helping families through their toughest days.

Tracy Johnson, Support Staff

Tracy has been with Baxter Funeral & Cremation since April, 2013. After serving eleven years, honorably with the United States Army, she and her son returned to Battle Creek, Michigan. She graduated from Kellogg Community College in 2009 with an associates degree in business management & accounting. Tracy is a huge supporter of her son in the United States Marine Corps. Tracy is an active board member at Dexter lake Church of God. Tracy enjoys helping people of the community and spending time with her family and friends.

Katherine Phillips, Support Staff

Katherine has been a lifelong resident in the Battle Creek area, and is a graduate of Lakeview High School.  She has 2 adult married children and five grandchildren.  She and her husband, Duane, have been married for 11 years.  She loves time spent with her family, quiet times at home, amateur photography, Karaoke and crafting for her recently created small business adventure, dKpWorks LLC.   Employment prior to Baxter Funeral and Cremation Services included 14 years at Archway Cookies National Headquarters and 10 years at EPI Printers Corporate Office.

Randy Lang, Support Staff

Randy Lang is a lifelong resident of the Battle Creek area. He retired from Kellogg Company after 29 years of service. Randy has worked collectively in the funeral industry for 8 years and has since retired from Baxters.

Michael Miller, Support Staff

Jan Honeycutt, Support Staff

Booker Barbee, Support Staff

Ryan McFate, Support Staff

Jerrid Steinberger, Support Staff

Jessie Buie, Support Staff

Jim Sirks, Support Staff

Art McClenney, Support Staff