William C. Alexander

PIQUA — William C. Alexander, 85, of Piqua, died at 8:50 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at Heartland of Piqua Nursing Home. He was born June 18, 1928, in Monroe, Mich., to the late Raleigh and Ida T. (LaBeau) Alexander. He married Patricia Penrod July 3, 1952; she preceded him in death March 4, 2012.

Survivors include two sons, Steve (Lisa) Durham of Port Orange, Fla., Timothy (Katherine) Alexander of Cantonment, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Nicholas (Ruth) Alexander, Angel (Brian) Murphy, Philip (Elaine) Alexander, Penny (John Paul) Manning, Crissie (Jason) Clark, Travis Wilson, and Dillon Sylvester; nine great-grandchildren; and a brother, Charles E. Alexander of Piqua. He was preceded in death by a son, Mark Alexander, and a brother, Raleigh Alexander Jr.

Mr. Alexander graduated Piqua Central High School in 1946 and the Miami Jacobs Business College in 1949. He served in the Ohio State Guard from 1945-1949, the United States Army from 1950-1953 during the Korean War, and the Piqua Police Auxiliary from 1953-1956. He was the owner of Bill's Gulf Service Station before assuming a position with the Piqua National Bank & Trust Company until his retirement in 1987. He actively participated in veteran's organizations including the D.A.V. as a Life Member, the American Legion Post #184 as a Life Member where he served on its Ambulance Fund Board for thirty-five years including chairing several ambulance fund drives. Bill was an avid golfer and was a charter member of the Professional Golfers Association Tour Partners Club, served as Chairman of the Miami County Red Cross Golf Benefit from 1965-1995 and he served on the Piqua Golf Control Board. Additionally, he served as a member of the Piqua Board of Education from 1973-1985 and the Upper Valley Joint Vocational School Board from 1974-1985. He participated in many civic organizations including the Piqua Breakfast Optimist Club, Covington Optimist Club, the Miami County YMCA and served as a Board member on the Paul Duke Foundation, Miami County Board of Elections and served as the Campaign Treasurer for the Honorable Robert Netzley for thirty-five years. Bill was a member of Greene Street United Methodist Church for 42 years, where he served as its Treasurer for 40 years. During the years he and Pat lived in South Carolina, he belonged to Jerusalem United Methodist Church and served as its Treasurer for eight years.

A service to honor his life will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, June 6, 2014, at Greene Street United Methodist Church with Pastor Kenneth Stewart and Hospice Chaplain Edward Ellis co-officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery, where full military honors will be provided by the Veterans Elite Tribute Squad. Arrangements are being handled through the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Greene Street United Methodist Church, 415 W. Greene St., Piqua, OH 45356, Piqua Education Foundation, 719 E. Ash St., Piqua, OH 45356, or the Piqua Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 702, Piqua, OH 45356. Guestbook condolences and expressions of sympathy, to be provided to the family, may be expressed through jamiesonandyannucci.com.

Funeral Home

Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home
333 W. High St. Piqua, OH 45356

Published in Piqua Daily Call from June 3 to June 4, 2014