Alexander, Richard "Dick" Lee
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1929 - 2013. Richard "Dick" Lee Alexander, 83, passed away Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the Cameron Regional Medical Center in Cameron, MO, after a brief illness. Friends and family are invited to a memorial service to be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at McWilliams Funeral Home in Gallatin, MO. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jean Groom Memorial Scholarship Fund or the Keith Groom Memorial Scholarship Fund, in care of the Funeral Home. Dick Alexander was born August 10, 1929 in Gallatin, MO, the son of the late Holland M. Alexander and Frances Myrl Musselman Alexander (Langford). He had returned to Gallatin several years ago after residing for many years in Phoenix, AZ. After assisting with the family farm during his youth, he honorably served two years as an Army Corporal medic from April 1, 1952 to March 10, 1954. Using the GI Bill, he graduated from the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ with a bachelor's of science degree in pharmacology. Dick managed and operated two pharmacies - family-owned McCrary's and an Osco Pharmacy in Phoenix, AZ for more than 30 years. Dick retired in the late 1980s and became a local retail entrepreneur. During his many years in Arizona, he was an avid desert game hunter and enjoyed recreational vehicle adventuring. He returned to Gallatin to live after the death of his mother. Dick was a collector of many things large and small and will be sorely missed by auctioneers across Northwest Missouri. Dick was preceded in death by his parents; wife Dorothy M. (Marker) Alexander; his sister Jean A. Alexander Groom; ex-wife Imogene Bennett Alexander; grandson Abel Alexander; and step granddaughter Lisa Kleckner. He is survived by his son, Michael Murray Alexander and daughter-in-law, Ella Reilly, of Yorktown, VA; his stepchildren LouAnn Pajak and husband Philip; Lana O'Neal and husband John; and Lynn Arriaga, all of Phoenix, AZ. He is also survived by his two grandchildren, Mariah Alexander of Springfield, VA, and Alisha Alexander of Phoenix, AZ; his step-grandchildren, Emma Reilly of Baltimore, MD; Jason, Philip Ethan and Lindsay Pajak; Lori Kleckner; Tyo and Noel Leonard of Phoenix, AZ; his great-grandson, Logan Paquette of Niceville, FL; a cousin Michael D. Arnold, Esq. of Gallatin, MO; and many friends. Online condolences may be left at www.mcwilliamsfuneralhomes.com
Published in The Arizona Republic on Feb. 6, 2013