Robert E. Alexander Sr.

Thursday, November 20, 2008
Robert E. Alexander Sr.

Services for Robert E. Alexander Sr., 76, will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 21, 2008 at Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Ruthven. Robert Alexander Jr. and Joseph Alexander will officiate the services.

Interment will take place at Silver Lake Cemetery in Ayrshire.

Robert Eldon Alexander, Sr., was born Nov. 30, 1931 in Greenville, the eighth child of Harley and Maude (Ballah) Alexander. During his first year of life, he sustained a traumatic skull injury, but through the skill of caring doctors and a faithful family, Bob survived. He attended school in Spencer, and was a proud Spencer Tiger graduate of the class of 1950.

On June 6, 1959, he married Frances Warren of Royal. To this union were born five children: Bob, Jr., Susan, Edward, Kristen, and Joseph. Edward and Kristen died not many days after birthr.

Out of Bob's personal experience as a patient grew a great interest in the field of medicine, and he entered the medical profession in 1961 as a laboratory and x-ray technician, working at hospitals in Caney and Bucklin, Kansas. After moving to the Los Angeles area in 1966, he worked in research at Hyland Laboratories, Glendale, Calif. In 1969 he continued pursuing his dream of becoming a nurse and was one of the first men to graduate in that field from Los Angeles Pierce College in Woodland Hills. Although he worked in general care, emergency, coronary and intensive care units, his greatest love was the years he spent in hospice and home health care in Gold Beach, Ore.

Bob came to faith in Christ as his Savior in his 27th year.

Bob is survived by his wife, Frances; children: Bob Alexander and wife, Julie of Ruthven, Joseph Alexander and wife, Susan of Milton, Fla., and Susan Wike and husband, Myron of Eldorado, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; his brother, Allen Alexander and wife, Verna of Bullhead City, Ariz., and his brother-in-law. George Weber of Ayrshire.

The family suggests memorial gifts be made to Hospice of Northwest Iowa, 1200 First Avenue East, Spencer, Iowa 51301-4321; to your local hospice; or to The Bible and Literature Missionary Foundation, 713 Cannon Blvd., Shelbyville, TN 37160.

Arrangements are being handled by Martin-Mattice Funeral Home.