Kandi Joyce Baxter

Kandi Baxter passed away at the CHI Health Hospital in Missouri Valley, Iowa, on April 23, 2017, at the age of 58. Kandi Joyce Kaster was born on December 1, 1958, to Dean and Jane (Brain) Kaster in Wiesbaden, Germany. Kandi graduated from Moravia High School in Moravia, Iowa with numerous honors including all state recognition in three sports. She continued her love of athletics in her collegiate career and played basketball for Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. She graduated in 1981 and pursued her passion of teaching and coaching athletics at West Harrison High School in Mondamin, Iowa. She married Mike Baxter on July 23, 1983, at the Methodist Church in Missouri Valley, Iowa, and was a wonderful mother and mentor to Ashley and Trevor. She retired from teaching in 2014 but continued her love of coaching student athletes in Cross Country and Track until 2016. She was honored in 2016 by being voted the Cross Country Regional Coach of the Year by the Iowa Association of Track Coaches and received the Character Counts Coach of the Year Award from Drake University and the Iowa Girls Athletic Union. She was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Moravia and United Methodist Church in Mondamin, and re-enforced her love of God by recently being baptized at the Acts 2 Christian Church in Gretna, Nebraska. Kandi had a passion for the youth of America. She loved to dance, attended various styles of concerts, enjoyed shopping outings, and was always an avid exercise fan. Throughout her life she ran several marathons, completed numerous 10 K’s, and enjoyed working out at her son’s crossfit facility in Elkhorn, Nebraska. She had an infectious smile, a vibrant personality, and a sparkle in her eye especially when she was around her two grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents Willard and May Belle Brain and Forrest and Ora Kaster (Baxter).

Survivors include her husband Mike of Mondamin; daughter Ashley and fiancée Adam Bernardino of Des Moines, Iowa; son Trevor, wife Sarah, granddaughter Gracie, and grandson Malakai of Elkhorn, Nebraska; parents Dean and Jane of Unionville, Iowa; sister Sheri McDanel of Unionville, Iowa; brother Matthew Kaster of Unionville, Iowa; sister Jan Santafede and husband John of Jacksonville, North Carolina; aunt Joyce Taylor of Des Moines, Iowa; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Friday, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at West Harrison High School Mondamin, Iowa.

Luncheon following the graveside service at the Mondamin Community Center Mondamin, Iowa.

In lieu of flowers memorials to the family for a foundation of their choice.





In Loving Memory of


Kandi Joyce Baxter



December 1, 1958                                                Wiesbaden, Germany


Entered Into Rest

April 23, 2017                                                         Missouri Valley, Iowa


Funeral Services

11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 29, 2017

West Harrison High School

Mondamin, Iowa


Officiating              Pastor Ben Norvig   Acts 2 Christian Church



Musical Selections


Honorary Bearers

John Santafede                                         Matthew Mikel Kaster


Casket Bearers

Wade Remington                                                                                            JD McDanel

Alex Leifheit                                                                                                                   Cory Clark

Ryan Baxter                                                                  Nikolas Glennie



Final Resting Place

Private Graveside Service
























































  • Julie Barry Blazek Posted April 24, 2017 4:50 pm

    Dear Mike & Family,
    We are so sorry about the death of your Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Friend! God bless you during this time! She was a remarkable person! You are in our thoughts and prayers! To live in the hearts of others is not to die…She is pain free now! May God give you strength our thoughts and prayers!

  • Chris Thoms Posted April 25, 2017 11:04 am

    I was very sad to hear about the passing of Kandi, “Coach Baxter” I feel very humbled and honored to have had her as a teacher, coach, and mentor while attending West Harrison Jr./Sr. High School. I would not be the teacher, coach, husband, and father that I am today had it not been for her support and inspiration. My thoughts and prayers go out to Mike, Ashley, and Trevor and all of Kandi’s family. She will be deeply missed but never forgotten.

  • Lisa Corbett Wulff Posted April 28, 2017 12:36 pm

    Dean & Jane …. I was very saddened to read of Kandi’s passing. As a mother who has also lost a child please know that I understand and feel your pain. My deepest condolences to your entire family with a special hug for Sheri. May God wrap you in His arms during this sad time. Lisa Corbett Wulff

  • Dennis & Beverly Sisul Laurson Posted June 14, 2017 6:23 am

    Please accept our sincere sympathy and prayers, and may your loving memories give you peace.

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