GENEVA - Walter Alexander, 79, died peacefully at his home in Geneva, IL on Friday, June 20th in the loving embrace of his family. Born in Aurora, IL on January 5, 1935, Walter was the eldest son of John and Berniece (Hill) Alexander. Walter was educated at Phillips Academy, Andover, MA and Yale University, where he received a bachelor degree in Economics. Walt, as he was known to his friends, was widely respected for his integrity and intelligence in both his personal and professional life. Until recently, Walter was President of Alexander Lumber Company, a position he held for 45 years. The third generation Alexander to hold this office, he learned the lumber business from the ground up, working summers in company lumber yards. After his graduation and two years of military service, Walt returned to the company serving as manager in several different yards and as a district manager before assuming the office of President in 1966. Walt was known for his unsurpassed work ethic and his commitment to the welfare of his employees. In addition to his long career at the Lumber Company, Walter served on the boards of local and national organizations, including the Old Second Bancorp, Ideal Industries, Inc., Wausau Paper Corporation and Masonite Corporation, a company founded by his family. He also served as chairman of the board of Aurora University and Delnor Hospital. Walter leaves behind his beloved wife of 55 years, Karen Bisgard Alexander; four children, Blair Alexander of Carpentersville, Eliza Cummings of Kentfield, CA, Watt Alexander of Norwich, VT, and Martha Alexander of Shoreham, VT; three brothers, John Alexander of Sheffield, MA, Thomas Alexander of Sugar Grove, Duncan Alexander of Geneva; and eleven grandchildren, each of whom gave him great joy. A memorial service will be held at 3 pm on Thursday, June 26th at the Congregational Church of Batavia. Gifts in his honor may be made to Cadence Health Foundation, Delnor Hospital. To leave an online condolence or remembrance to the family, visit the funeral homes' obituary page at www.yursfuneralhomes.com
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