Robert W. Alexander

WORCESTER - Robert Warner Alexander, 74, of Eagle Ledge Road, Worcester, died at his home on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, surrounded by his family.

He was born in Deland, Fla., on Jan. 5, 1938, the son of Clifton (Kiley) Alexander and Barbara (Houghton) Alexander.

He attended Montpelier public schools and high school.

Following high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force on March 5, 1957, and served until his honorable discharge as a 2nd class airman on March 3, 1961. He was stationed in Texas where he trained jet pilots.

Bob married Donna Hatch in Waterbury Center on June 9, 1972. They have lived on Eagle Ledge Road in Worcester for several years.

He worked for most of his career as a self-employed painter and general contractor. He also worked for his father, Kiley, as well as for local painting contractors. For the past 15 years, he was employed at Montpelier Stove and Flag Works and recently retired due to declining health.

Robert was a member of the American Legion Post 3 in Montpelier and was post commander for three years. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 792 Men's Auxiliary.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and especially loved his hunting trips to the woods of Maine.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Hatch, of Worcester; daughters, Mary Beth Alexander, of Arizona, and Tammy Griggs and her husband, Sidney, of East Barre; sons, Mark Alexander, of Arizona, Michael Alexander, of Arizona, Scott Alexander, of Williamstown, and Donald Jarvis Jr., of Northfield. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, including Brianna, whom he was very close to, and five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a sister, Jackie Doney, and a brother, Gary Alexander.

There will be no calling hours. A graveside service with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph.

Memorial contributions may be made to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice Inc., 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.

For online condolences, go to www.guareandsons.com.

Published in Times Argus from Nov. 9 to Nov. 10, 2012