Baylor Trucking founder passes at 97

The patriarch of a well known Midwest trucking company has passed.

Chester Baylor, founder of Baylor Trucking in Milan, Indiana and a World War II veteran, died Tuesday, Jan. 24 at the age of 97.

Chester Baylor (left), founder of Baylor with (left to right) grandson Ben Hammond, granddaughter Cari Baylor, and late son Bob Baylor.Chester Baylor (left), founder of Baylor with (left to right) grandson Ben Hammond, granddaughter Cari Baylor, and late son Bob Baylor.

After returning home from the war, Mr. Baylor married and founded the trucking company that still bears his name. He began as an owner/operator hauling furniture.

Mr. Baylor retired in 1986, turning the company over to his three children. It grew to more than 200 employees and 300 trucks. His son Bob Baylor died in 2015 and today the company is run by his granddaughter Cari.

Mr. Baylor will be laid to rest following services Saturday, Jan. 28 at Milan United Methodist Church. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. followed by services at 1 p.m.

The family asks that memorial donations be made to Milan United Methodist Church or the Milan American Legion Post 235, 385 E Indian Trail, Milan, Indiana 47031.