The Rev. Dr. E. Jerome Alexis, formerly of Johnsonburg, passed away at home peacefully on Saturday (May 19, 2012) on his 88th birthday.
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He was born in Johnsonburg on May 19, 1924, to Axel and Edith L. Alexis.
Rev. Alexis grew up in Punxsutawney, where he graduated from high school in 1941. While studying at Drexel Tech he was called to active duty in April 1943, serving as a combat infantryman with Co. B, 110th Infantry, 28th Division, ETO. He was captured on Nov. 12, 1944 during the Battle of the Huertgen Forest, Germany. He was liberated April 29, 1945 from Stalag VIIA, Moosburg, Germany. As a POW, he marched 500 miles and traveled 1,000 miles by rail between seven POW camps. After the war, he remained in the U.S. Army Reserve, Chaplain Corps, until his retirement as colonel in 1978.
He graduated from Gettysburg College in 1948 and the Lutheran Seminary at Gettysburg in 1951, and was ordained in July of that year. He received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from Thiel College in 1974.
Rev. Alexis served at Evangelical in Frederick, Md., English Lutheran in Zelienople, Mount Zion, North Side, Assistant to the President of the Southwestern Pennsylvania-West Virginia Synod, and Christ Lutheran in Ross Township, Pittsburgh.
Upon retirement, he was active in the Pittsburgh Chapter, Ex-Prisoners of War, the Nationality Rooms Program at the University of Pittsburgh, Meals on Wheels, Lenzner Tours, as well as ministry in the church as needed.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Marjorie K. Alexis; children, Lynn (Jack) Doyle, the Rev. Maren Alexis, the Rev. Lans (the Rev. Sandy) Alexis and Joel (Debi) Alexis; grandchildren, Maureen, Patrick and Kevin Doyle and Lara, Sara Abby and Erik Alexis; sister, Joyce Steiner; and brother, Roger (Patti) Alexis.
He was preceded in death by son, Niel; and grandson, Ian-Leif Plowes.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Christ's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Beaver Falls, where the funeral will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Kimberly Rapczak presiding and Bishop Kurt Kusserow preaching. Burial will take place at a later date at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial gift may be sent to Christ's Evangelical Lutheran Church; or the Lutheran Seminary at Gettysburg.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hill & Kunselman Funeral Home, 3801-4th Ave., College Hill, Beaver Falls.
Online condolences may be made at www.hillandkunselman.com
Published in The Bradford Era from May 21 to May 28, 2012