Kirby Vernon Alexander

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Kirby Vernon Alexander June 23, 1924 - March 9, 2014 KOKOMO - Kirby Vernon Alexander went home to the Lord on March 9, 2014. He was born June 23, 1924, in Chicago, Ill., to Joseph Vernon and Mabel (Paine) Alexander. He lived his early life in Chicago before moving in March 1942 to Nappanee, where he graduated that June from Nappanee High School. It was there that he first met the love of his life and future wife, Jose-phine Alyce Mullett. He attended Purdue University but was drafted into the U.S. Army in March 1943. He served in the 180th Infantry, 14th Armored Division. Prior to going overseas to participate in the second invasion of France, he wed Josephine on Aug. 5, 1944, at First Mennonite Church, Nappanee. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service, and the Euro-pean-African-Middle East-ern Campaign Medal with 2 battle stars. He was a devoted hus-band and father, an active member of his church and supporter of his commu-nity. He was a former member of the Kokomo Country Club, and a member of Grace United Methodist Church, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), and the 14th Ar-mored Division Associa-tion. A distinguished member of AAMA, Kirby received the association's Charles Martin Hall Award for meritorious achieve-ment and leadership in 1982, and recognition as the association's Out-standing Member in 1988. Left to carry on his memory are his five chil-dren, Holly Bardoe, Co-lumbus, Ohio, Bruce (Mary Jo Hardy), Okemos, Mich., Barbara, Kokomo, James (Gail), Niles, Mich., and Scott (Kimberly), Lou-isville, Ken.; grandchildren, Matthew (Cheryl) Bardoe, Benjamin (Jennifer Vallier), Emily, Renee (Jeremy) Crabtree, Jamie, Audrey (Troy) Ernsberger, Shelby, Brady, Kirby Jo and Cooper; great-grandchildren, Ethan and Amelia Bardoe, and Tai and Baylee Crabtree; and many beloved nephews, nieces and cousins . The family extends it deep appreciation to the staff of Waterford Health Campus of Kokomo for the loving care provided to our father as he ap-proached the end of his life. Friends may call one hour prior to the 11 a.m. (EDT) funeral service on Friday, March 14, 2014, at Grace United Methodist Church of Kokomo, 219 W. Mulberry St. Burial will take place in Robinson, Ill., at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memo-rials may be given to a . The family is being as-sisted by Yoder-Culp Fu-neral Home, Goshen. Messages of condo-lence may be left at

Published in South Bend Tribune on Mar. 13, 2014
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