Bob Alexander, of Silver City, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, March 17 2013 at Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces. Viewing will be held at Terrazas Funeral Chapels on Friday, March 22, 2013 from 1-2 p.m. with Celebration of life services begin at 2 p.m. with Andy Housley officiating. Cremation will take place and his ashes will be scattered over the surrounding mountains of Silver City that he flew over, protected and loved so much. He was born March 28, 1922 to Robert Thompson Alexander and Oda Bessie Collins in Telluride, Colo. He is survived by his beloved wife of 44 years Jan Alexander; siblings, Irene Kinion of Norwood, Colo., Helen Heald of Grand Junction, Colo., Kirk Alexander of Norwood, Betsy Davis of Norwood; children, Robert Thompson Alexander III of Granbury, Texas, Jeanne Clevenger of Las Cruces, N.M., Randy Knoche of Colorado Springs, Colo., Beth Alexander of Colorado Springs; grandchildren, Cecily Mathis of Covington, Texas, Collin Alexander of Midlothian, Texas, Drenda Merrill of Austin, Texas, Dawn Harris of Houston, Texas, Krysti Knoche of Iowa City, Iowa, Jennifer Knoche of Colorado Springs, Travis Knoche of Colorado Springs; niece Sherrie Burcham and husband Richard of Silver City, N.M. and other numerous nieces and nephews; great niece Mandee Terrazas and husband Luis and their five children, also of Silver City; and eight great-grandchildren. His family was his pride and joy. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Thompson Alexander and Oda Bessie Collins; brother, Guy Alexander of Dallas, Texas and sister Mary Sue Whatley of Yerington, Nev. Bob proudly served his country for 22 years that included World War II
. He retired in 1963 and met the love of his life. Bob and Jan moved to Silver City and together started Flying A Flight Service in 1974, building the business from a one airplane charter service and flight school to an operation that ran 10 to 12 twin engine planes and served Grant County and surrounding area for 30 years. During his career Bob amassed well over 50,000 hours of flight time culminating in his nomination for the FAA prestigious Wright Brothers Master Pilot award for 50 years of safe flight. Bob lived life on his own terms and better than most men. He has left a void in so many lives that will never be filled. Cremation will take place at Terrazas Crematory. Arrangements are with Terrazas Funeral Chapels and Crematory, "Trusted care for the ones you love." 575-537-0777. To send condolences, visit www.terrazasfuneralchapel.com.