DeKALB – Max C. Alexander, 93, of Sycamore, Ill., died on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at Bethany Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in DeKalb. |
Max was born on Feb. 2, 1919, in Wayne City, the son of William Henry and Evea (Ethington) Alexander. Shortly thereafter, his family moved to the DeKalb area where he lived the rest of his life.
Max attended DeKalb High School where he met the love of his life, Evelyn Goodlet. They were married in 1940 at the Foursquare Church in DeKalb.
Max served in the Unites States Army during WWII from 1944 to 1946, as a first scout in the American Division, 23rd Infantry and 1st Calvary where he served in the Philippines. Max was also in the first wave of Americans to enter Tokyo. Upon returning home, he attended night school in Chicago and received a degree in industrial engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology.
Max had a wide variety of jobs in his lifetime. In his early teens, he was a golf caddie in Rochelle and an usher at the movie theater where he became a huge Tom Mix fan. In his late teens, Max worked with Walter Dresser to put the first lines of electricity in parts of rural DeKalb County. Before the war, he was employed by Turner Brass in Sycamore. Max was co-owner of Alexander-Larson Electrical Supply in Waterman. He began installing antennas all over DeKalb County for the new television era. As a result, he was one of the first to own a TV. In 1950, Max joined Ideal Industries in Sycamore as a time-study engineer. During his employment at Ideal, Max invented the electrical wire "t-stripper". In 1967, he continued his career at Northern Illinois University as head maintenance technician for food service. He retired from NIU in 1983.
He enjoyed fixing clocks and tinkering in general. If there was something broken, he could fix it. Max was a member of Glad Tidings Assembly of God in DeKalb. His family and friends will remember him as a man who practiced his faith on a daily basis in prayer and actions.
Survivors include his three children, Roger Alexander of Sycamore, Loren (Jerri) Alexander of Bozeman, Mont., and Guitana (Donald) Hamm of Mundelein; beloved grandchildren, Todd (Sayaka) Alexander, Tonya (Craig) Martin, Nathan Hamm, Sara (Richard) Carlson and Benjamin (Jordan) Hamm; 12 great-grandchildren; a sister, Evelyn Evota Gates of Rochelle; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn, in 2005; his parents; an infant brother, William Kenneth and a brother, Lester Alexander in 2010.
His funeral service will be on Wednesday, Dec. 26, at 1 p.m. at the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, with the Rev. Mike Massey of Glad Tidings Assembly of God officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Elmwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of service on Wednesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the DeKalb County Hospice in care of the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178. For information or to sign the online guest book, go to www.ButalaFuneralHomes.com or call 815-895-2833.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Dec. 24, 2012