Chester R. Baylor, 97, Milan, passed away Tuesday evening, Jan. 24, 2017, at his residence.
The son of Charles and Anna (Buchold) Baylor was born Sept. 25, 1919, in Milan.
Chester was drafted as part of the first troop from Indiana in 1941 to serve our country in World War II. After serving in the U.S. Army in the South Pacific, Chester returned to Milan and married Ruth Hamilton Dec. 20, 1945.
Chester Baylor was the founder of Baylor Trucking Inc. He expanded the family business after the war hauling furniture from the Milan Furniture Factory. Chester and his wife Ruth developed the company with an entrepreneurial spirit and hard work hauling freight throughout the Midwest and to the East Coast.
Chester was a proud member of Milan American Legion Post 235, Milan United Methodist Church, Milan Masonic Lodge F&AM 31 and the Murat Temple Southeastern Indiana Shrine Club. He enjoyed being active in the community by supporting local activities, dancing at the Legion, golfing with friends, driving a semi-truck in parades and creating the Chester and Ruth Baylor Scholarship Fund, which is now Dollars for Scholars.
Chester was preceded in death by his wife and his son, Robert "Bob."
Surviving are his daughter Bonnie (Baylor) Hammond, Cincinnati; son Steve (Judy) Baylor, Milan; and daughter-in-law Beth Baylor, Lawrenceburg. Chester was blessed with six grandchildren: Cari Baylor, Lawrenceburg; Ben (Suzy) Hammond, Harrison, Ohio; Kelly (Bill) Shelton, Lawrenceburg; Katie (Dan) Petrossi, Harvard, Massachusetts; Jenny (Chris) Swisher, Fishers; and Adam Baylor, Tucson, Arizona. He often smiled in adoration at his eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Saturday, Jan. 28, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Milan United Methodist Church.
Funeral services will be held at the church immediately following the visitation with the Rev.
Pamela Wooden officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Lutheran Church Cemetery north of Milan following services. Full military rites will be provided by Milan American Legion Post 235.
Memorial contributions may be given in his name to Milan American Legion Post 235, P.O. Box 247; or the Milan United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 305, Milan, IN 47031. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan, is entrusted with arrangements. Online condolence messages for the family may be posted at www.lawscarrmoore.com.
Published on January 25, 2017