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ALEXANDER, LUTHER ALLEN Luther Allen Alexander died Friday, December 10, 2010, at Palomar Medical Center, Escondido, California, at the age of 91. He was born March 31, 1919 - 7 miles NW of Bridgeport, Washington on the Alexander Homestead to Fred Noble Alexander and Edith Mable Halterman Alexander. He attended grade school and high school in Wenatchee, Washington. As a young man he was a member of the American Legion Junior Rifle Club in Wenatchee, he won many awards for marksmanship. He shot and won "Postal matches" with the Russian Junior Rifle Club at the age of 15 and 16. He delivered the Wenatchee Daily World locally in Wenatchee. At 17, in 1936, he was a regional carrier supervising other carriers and also delivered the Wenatchee Daily world to construction crews building the Grand Coulee Dam. Later he moved on to work in the Stereotype department of the Wenatchee Daily world. In January of 1944, he was drafted into the Navy. He had basic training in Farragut, Idaho and then went to radar school in Hawaii and was stationed aboard the Battleship Maryland as a radar operator. He saw action on the Maryland in the Leyte Gulf, Philippines, in October, 1944, and in the three month long invasion of Okinawa in 1945. He was discharged in January of 1946. After a few more years in production at the Wenatchee Daily World, he took an opportunity to move up and took a job with the Spokesman Review newspaper in Spokane, Washington as a foreman of the Stereotype department. In 1958, he moved again, to San Diego to work for the San Diego Union Tribune as Superintendent of the Stereotype department. There he helped pioneer color printing and then offset color printing at the Union Tribune. He retired from the Union Tribune in 1984. He has been a member of the Elks Lodge, an avid golfer and an active member at the Buena Vista Audubon in Oceanside, California. His is survived by his third wife, Alice Chaney Alexander, son - Ken Alexander, daughter - Terri Guess and grandchildren - Fred Alexander Jr., Ed Alexander, Allen Alexander, Stacey Coons and Darbi Gilbert as well as many great-grandchildren and his sister - Esther Hill. He was predeceased by Alta Alexander - his first wife and Jane Field Alexander - his second wife as well as his son Fred Paul Alexander. Visitation/Viewing on Friday, December 17, 2010, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with Service at 1 p.m., all at Salli Lynn Chapel, Greenwood Memorial Park & Mortuary, 4300 Imperial Avenue., San Diego, CA 92113, (619) 264-3131. http://www. greenwoodsandiego.com In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Elizabeth Hospice, 150 West Crest Street, Escondido, CA 92025-706, (760) 737-2050. elizabethhospice.org

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Dec. 15, 2010
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