Press S. Alexander, 91, of Wilmington, Ohio died 3:45 PM, Monday, April 23, 2012 at his daughter’s home wrapped in his family’s love. His wife of 58 years, Kathryn Brooks Alexander, preceded him in death May 20, 2002. They were married March 3, 1944. Mr. Alexander was born August 26, 1920 in Connersville, Indiana, son of the late Herbert L. and Glendora Norris Alexander. He was a 1938 graduate of Williamsburg High School in Indiana. He joined the U.S. Navy in February 1942 and served 46 months as an aviation radioman on seaplanes during World War II.
Mr. Alexander farmed full time for 23 years in Darke and Greene Counties. He also worked for Farm Credit for six years and then Federal Land Bank of Washington Court House for 10 years before retiring in 1985. He had been a member of the Greene County Farmers Union, the Greene County NFO, and the Clinton County Farm Bureau. He had also been active in several local organizations including the B.P.O. Elks 797, the Wilmington Lions Club, Wilmington Noon Rotary, the Chester Friends Meeting, and Elks Golf. In the 1960’s he was elected Beavercreek’s representative to the Greene County Democratic Committee for a four-year term. He was later elected Executive Chairman of the Greene County Democratic Committee before moving to Clinton County.
Mr. Alexander is survived by a son, Stewart (Lynn) Alexander of Wilmington, Ohio; a daughter, Sarah (French) Hatfield of Wilmington, Ohio; a brother and two sisters-in-law, Lawson (Barbara) Alexander of Charlottesville, Indiana and Evelyn Alexander; two grandchildren, Tara (Chad) Mason and Ryan (Melissa) Alexander; three great grandchildren, Chloe´ Mason, Kailyn Mason, and Violet Alexander; many dear nieces and nephews; his buddies, Lester Jenks and Eli Yovich; his Special friend, Dorothy Mockabee; and his foreign exchange son from Austria, Josef Doppler, and his extended family.
In addition to his wife and parents, four brothers and three sisters-in-law, Scott & Vivian Alexander, Kash Alexander, Kenneth & Betty Alexander, and Herbert Alexander Jr., and two sisters and two brothers-in-law, Allegra & Fred Hammond and Helen & Clyde Thornberg, are preceded in death.
A graveside service will be held at 2:30 PM, Friday, April 27, 2012 at Sugar Grove Cemetery, Wilmington, Ohio with Jim Ellis officiating. Friends may call from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Friday, April 27, 2012 at the Reynolds-Smith Funeral Home, 327 N. South Street, Wilmington, Ohio.
A memorial service will also be held at a later date at Chester Friends Meeting.
If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Chester Friends Meeting, c/o Billie Baker, 378 Darbyshire Drive, Wilmington, Ohio 45177 or to Community Care Hospice, P.O. Box 123, Wilmington, Ohio 45177.