Ronald Alexander, 76, of Memphis, Missouri, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 31, 2018.
Ron’s story (those who spent much time with him know he was full of them) began in Ashton, Missouri, on March 3, 1942, where he was born to Walter Sheron and Elizabeth Hanetta Gram Alexander.
He attended Ashton Grade School and graduated from Kahoka High School in the Class of 1959. After his graduation, Ron carpentered with his father in Luray, Missouri where he also began a long and storied career of public service, serving as a member and later President of the Luray Board of Trustees. In 1972 he moved to the big city of K.C., Knox City, Missouri, where he continued carpentering, selling Bankers Life Insurance and was elected to serve as Mayor. In 1978 he began his teaching career at the Knox County High School in Edina, Missouri, teaching building trades.
In 1985, Ron left big city life behind and moved to Memphis, Missouri where he met Marie Miller. On June 15, 1986, they were wed at the First Baptist Church of Memphis. While in Memphis, Ron continued to help students build a foundation for a brighter future as the building trades instructor at Scotland County High School. He also continued his public service, serving over one and a half decades as the Mayor of Memphis.
Ron had a true heart for serving others and he did so in numerous leadership positions, roles and boards in Northeast Missouri where he was the secretary and treasurer and later the chairman of the Northeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission, the Northeast Missouri Municipal League, the Scotland County Care Center Board, a representative for the Workforce Development for Northeast Missouri, and the Northeast Missouri Highway Planning Commission. He was also selected by Senator John Danforth to serve as one of two representatives to the original Excellence in Education Committee. As a lifelong Republican, Ron held strong to his conservative beliefs and helped elect numerous candidates serving on several local, state and national Republican Committees. His dedication earning him invites to both President Reagan and President Bush’s inaugurations.
In 2004, Ron retired to the Hilltop Hilton, north of Memphis where he started every morning in the “Good Book” before spending the day on his Kubota tractor. In addition to woodworking, Ron’s favorite hobbies were listening to the St. Louis Cardinals, playing cards, and most importantly, spending time with his grandkids. Whether it was a baseball game, dance recital, or other school activities, Ron loved to watch his grandchildren smile, and he always had a few jokes and words of wisdom to tell them along the way.
Ron is survived by his wife Marie, and his six children, Stacy and Lora Alexander of Edina, Missouri, Angella and Matt Tipling of Van Meter, Iowa, Troy and Joy Alexander of Memphis, Missouri, Holly and Dr. Jim Sparks of Yankton, South Dakota, Candace and Nick Kratzer of Memphis, Missouri, and Brandon Alexander and Lindsey Reinholdt of Jefferson City, Missouri; 18 grandchildren; three brothers-in-law: Earl and Sherry Miller, Wally and Crystal Miller, Carl and Tina Miller; two sisters-in-law: Jean and Tom Myers, and Susan Miller; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Jeanette Briscoe and Cathy Kennett; and his brothers Walter Sharon Alexander and Donald Lee Alexander; in-laws Junior & Rose Miller; and brother-in-law Glen Miller.
Funeral Services will be Thursday, June 7, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Memphis, Missouri.
Visitation will be after 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, with the family receiving friends from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Memphis, Missouri.
Burial will be in the Ashton Cemetery in Ashton, Missouri.
Pastor Dan Hite will officiate and music will be provided by Schelle Cooley and Jean Myers. Pallbearers will be Warren Miller, Joe Miller, Dave Burrus, Dennis Schulte, Bob Hoffstetter, Dick Harper and Brad Struebing. Honorary pallbearers will be Ron’s grandchildren: Morgan, Lindsey, Ashton, Kyle, Shelby, Anna, Tanner, Brock, Jansen, Ethan, Lucas, Bristol, Kyle, Kerby, Faith, Alexis, Gage and Kallee.
An expression of sympathy in memory of Ron Alexander may be left to the Ashton Cemetery Association or the Scotland County Cancer Fund. Memorials may be left at or mailed to the Memphis Funeral Home 378 South Market Street, Memphis, Missouri 63555.