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
11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 29, 2017
West Harrison High School
Officiating Pastor Ben Norvig Acts 2 Christian Church
John Santafede Matthew Mikel Kaster
Wade Remington JD McDanel
Alex Leifheit Cory Clark
Ryan Baxter Nikolas Glennie
Final Resting Place
Private Graveside Service