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Gary Allen Alexander

August 26, 1939 October 18, 2018
Gary Allen Alexander
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Obituary for Gary Allen Alexander

Gary Allen Alexander of Alma Center and formerly of Warrens found peace at the age of 79 on October 18, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family after a 5 year battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis, a life changing illness.

He was born on August 26, 1939 in Black River Falls to Roger and Mae (Rubenbauer) Alexander. He grew up in the Alma Center area and later graduated from Alma Center High School in 1957. After high school he farmed in the area and then joined the United States Air Force in 1959 and served his country for 4 years as an aircraft mechanic. After discharge from the Air Force, Gary began working for Wisconsin Power and Light (Alliant Energy) in Janesville. Soon thereafter, he met Karen Cushman in January of 1964. They became engaged in April and married on August 29, 1964.

Gary and Karen remained in Janesville and started their family in 1969 with the birth of their first daughter, Kim, and then their second daughter, Kelly, a year later. Due to Gary’s promotion in the company, the family later moved to Port Edwards and Tomah; later making their family home in Warrens. While living in Warrens, the couple had two more daughters, LaRhea and Tasha. Gary advanced to a line foreman and retired in 1999 after 35 dedicated years to the company. During storms, the family anticipated his departure from the home due to being called out to help restore power to those who were without. After his retirement, Gary returned to his childhood roots and worked for various farmers in the Alma Center area until he was no longer able due to his health.

While living in Warrens for 33 years, Gary became very involved in the community. He was instrumental in the building of the Warrens softball field and concession stand where he spent many hours tending to the grounds keeping and general operation. Gary was the Charter President of the Warrens Lions Club. During his service with the Lions, Gary made many friendships all while providing service to the community. Due to his dedicated membership he was awarded the Birch-Sturm Fellowship, Lion of the Year, Melvin Jones Fellow and Life Membership by the International Association of Lions Clubs and was also involved in the Youth Exchange Program.

Gary was a sports enthusiast and enjoyed an active lifestyle. He played on golf, softball, and bowling leagues. There was not a Green Bay Packers game that he missed and was a proud shareholder of the team. He also watched the Brewers and when neither team was playing, he found several other sports to watch occasionally sneaking in a Western movie that he had likely already watched several times. Gary was a very proud father of his four daughters and throughout their years in school was a devout follower of their athletic teams. He was always one of the boisterous parents in the crowd. As his beloved grandsons began playing sports, Gary was once again on the road to cheer on his favorite athletes. Gary provided his girls with valuable life lessons, both big and small that we will forever be grateful for. Gary was an avid hunter and built a hunting cabin on his land in Garden Valley with his family and friends. This cabin became the home of an annual deer camp enjoyed by many where numerous stories were told and memories will live on forever. While the luck of the hunt was not always dependable, it was certain there would be a cold Coors Light to share with everyone and the appearance of his infamous black wool sweater no matter how old it was.

Gary will be missed dearly by family and friends especially his wife of 54 years, Karen; his four daughters; Kim (Todd), Kelly, LaRhea and Tasha (Brent); grandsons, Austin and Mitchell; his sister Ruth Jahn; nieces, nephews as well as many other family members and good friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers Kenneth Wagner and Donald Wagner, sister Sherry Peterson, and brothers-in-law LaVern Peterson and Duane Jahn.

A special thank you to the Black River Memorial Hospice team and his loving wife Karen for the excellent care he received that allowed him to remain at home and in the comforts of his “easy chair”, just as he wanted.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at the Jensen-Modjeski Funeral Home, 128 S. Hoffman St., Hixton with pastor David Shudy officiating. THERE WILL BE NO VISITATION DAY OF SERVICE. Visitation will be held on Monday, October 22, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will be at East Lawn Cemetery, Alma Center.


Previous Events

Visitation

Monday

22

Oct

4:00 PM 10/22/2018 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 10/22/2018 7:00:00 PM
Jensen-Modjeski Funeral Home

128 S Hoffman Street
Hixton, WI 54635

Jensen-Modjeski Funeral Home
128 S Hoffman Street Hixton 54635 WI
United States

Service

Tuesday

23

Oct

11:00 AM 10/23/2018 11:00:00 AM
Jensen-Modjeski Funeral Home

128 S Hoffman Street
Hixton, WI 54635

Jensen-Modjeski Funeral Home
128 S Hoffman Street Hixton 54635 WI
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

East Lawn Cemetery Final Resting Place

115 W Wheaton Street
Alma Center, WI 54611

115 W Wheaton Street Alma Center 54611 WI
United States
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