Pat Noel Alexander, 67, of Granite City, Ill., born Jan. 18, 1946, in Granite City, Ill., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at Kindred Hospital St. Louis, Mo.
Pat graduated from Granite City High School in 1964. He was the Proud Warrior mascot his senior year. He married Teresa York on Sept. 24, 1966, at Sacred Heart Church in Granite City, Ill. Pat volunteered to serve in the United States Navy from 1964 to 1968. He served as a gunner on swift boat PCF 17 during the Vietnam War where he was awarded the Vietnam service medal with two bronze stars along with various other commendations. Upon returning home he worked for 22 years for McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis, Mo., as a draftsman and artist. He retired from Washington University Protective Services in January 2011. He was active in the community with the Boy Scouts of America where he was inducted into the Order of the Arrow, he was also a Granite City auxiliary police officer. Pat enjoyed the outdoors, cooking, Native American history, culture and attending Pow Wows. He was known for his unique sense of humor.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Carolyn, nee Meyer, Alexander; and his brother-in-law, Charles Schubert.
Surviving are his beloved wife of 46 years, Teresa; his three daughters and a son-in-law, Carolyn, nee Alexander, Nelson, Angela (Scott), nee Alexander, Topal and Catherine Alexander all of Granite City, Ill.; three grandsons, Aaron Alexander, Dominik Topal and Joshua Nelson; sister, Alberta Schubert of Granite City, Ill.; nieces, nephews and many dear friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations can be made to the
, donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel. www.irwinchapel.com
Visitation: Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Rd. Granite City, Ill.
Funeral: A private family interment will be held at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Glen Carbon, Ill. Pat requested to be cremated.
Granite City, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Feb. 22, 2013