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William Benjamin Baxter

April 5, 1933 ~ April 26, 2018 (age 85)
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William "Bill" Benjamin Baxter, longtime resident of Nelsonville, passed away peacefully on April 26, 2018 at New York Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital after a short illness.

Born on April 5, 1933 in Beacon to the late John and Evelyn (Mullen) Baxter, Bill lived a full life of 85 years.

Bill was a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps who served during the Korean War.  He was a talented welder and metal worker working for Green Fan Economizer in Beacon where he was affectionately known as "the whip" and later owned BBG Ironworks until his retirement ten years ago.

Bill was very active in the American Legion, Post 275, the local VFW and the Philipstown Senior Citizens. He loved his German Shepherds, Botto and Blaze and was a motorcycle and car enthusiast.

Bill is survived by his devoted daughter Cathy (Thomas) Costello, Janice Sheridan who was his loving companion for many years, brother John (Marlene) Baxter, sisters Shirley (Earl) O'Dell and Rose Lobb. Cherished grandchildren Brian Costello of Cold Spring, Rebecca (David) Robert, William "Billy" Benjamin Baxter III of Florida.  One adorable great granddaughter, Ava Lily Robert.

Bill was predeceased by his sons, William "Ben" Benjamin Baxter, Jr. and Gregory Brooke Baxter.

Bill made friends wherever he went and all his friends became his family.

Visitation will be held on Monday, April 30, 2018 from 4-8PM at Clinton Funeral Home, 21 Parrott Street, Cold Spring. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 11:00AM at the funeral home. Internment, with military honors will follow at Cold Spring Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to American Legion Post 275 or the VFW of Cold Spring.

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