Jack was born in Nutter Fort on July 28, 1934.
He attended West Virginia Wesleyan College and West Virginia University. He served eight years in the Army National Guard as a Sargent 1st Class and tank commander in the 197th Tank Battalion in Buckhannon.
He began his teaching career in West Virginia before moving to New York. In New York, he attended Geneseo State College. He taught in the Rush Henrietta School District for 23 years. He also served as Director of the Henrietta Auxiliary Police and worked with them for more than 20 years. Jack was a member of the Masons, Rochester, NY chapter.
He was a loving husband, father and an inspiration to all who knew him. Jack joined the Lord after a brief illness on April 29, 2014.
Jack was preceded by his loving wife of 56 years, Elouise (Sue) St. Clair Baxa.
He is survived by his sisters, Dorothy (Gene) Anthony, Artis (Warren) Sprout and Linda Smuder; brother, Allen (Terri) Baxa; sister-in-law, Venita St Clair; his children, Jacqueline (Don) Rowlands, Sandra (Mike) Altamura, Sally (John) Siegl, Sharon Alvarez (Dale Patterson) and Willard (Bill) Baxa III (Josephine); his grandchildren, Bryan (Shannon) Rowlands, Nicholas (Maria) Siegl, Richard (Julie) Rowlands, Jennifer Maul, Shivaun Siegl, Stephanie Patterson, Brandon Maul, Leslie Alvarez, Todd Altamura, Jessica (George) Davis, Jerry Patterson, Chelsie Altamura, Kaylee Maul (Brian Meisch), Katherine (Marco) Marquez, Sarrah Alvarez (Chase Presley) and Willard (Will) Baxa IV; 18 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received at Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home on Friday, May 9, 2014, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 10, 2014, from the funeral home with the Rev. J. Edward McDaniels officiating. Burial will follow in the Heavner Cemetery with the Upshur County Honor Guard providing military honors at the graveside.
Online condolences may be made to the family online at www.polingstclair.com.
Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.