Don Alexander
1936 - 2021
R L Leintz Funeral Home
4701 10Th Ave
Leavenworth, KS
Don was born December 5, 1936, in Sedalia, MO to Roy E.  Alexander and Mary E. (Tevis) Alexander. He was the youngest of four children, sisters Betty J. (Alexander) Anderson, Helen Lucille (Alexander) Johns a brother, Roy L. Alexander. All have predeceased him.
In 1958, he married Mary Lou Septer in the Dixon, MO Methodist Church. They had two daughters, Cynthia Lou and Amy Sue.
Much of his childhood was spent visiting his relatives on their farms north of Sedalia. He loved fishing and swimming in the creek and being around the farm animals especially his uncle's team of Clydesdales!
He attended grade school at Mark Twain and Broadway Schools in Sedalia. He graduated from Smith-Cotton High School where he was active in school events including playing drums in the band and participating as a member of the debate team.
Following high school, Don attended Central Missouri State College in Warrensburg, Mo for a while and then ventured out for full time employment that lasted for 55 years.
He became a member of the advertising staff of "The Sedalia Democrat" and with the wonderful tutoring of two of the best advertising minds in the industry it became his lifetime vocation.
He worked at The Democrat for 32 years, rising to retail advertising manager, advertising director and assistant publisher. He also served on the board of the Sedalia Area Chamber of Commerce and was named Volunteer of the Year for 1986. He was also chairman of the Whiteman Air Force Base Community Affairs Committee for the chamber, traveling to Vandenberg Air Force Base to support our local airmen's participation in the Olympic arena, competition between the five air force missile wings. He was a past president of the Missouri Advertising Manager's Association, state vice president of the International Newspaper Advertising and Marketing Executive's Association and a member of the Midwest Advertising Executive's Association. 
In 1987, he transferred to Sikeston, Mo as publisher/general manager of the "Daily Standard."  He served on the board of directors of the Kenny Rogers Cerebral Palsy Center, was on the board of the Sikeston area Chamber of Commerce and was active in the local Lion's Club.
Due to a corporate buyout of competition, in 1989, Alexander transferred back to his first love of newspapering which was the ad department at "The Leavenworth Times." After amassing a total of 50 years in the newspaper business, he retired! A few months later he was asked if he would consider coming back part time, which turned into an additional five years.
He served on the board of directors of The Patrons of the Leavenworth Public Library, HELP, Inc., was on the first board of directors of The Heritage Center. Years ago when the Times was sponsoring the annual Christmas Parade, they decided they needed a mascot!  The women's editor made a "Moose" costume and Don was more than happy to become, "Kris Moose," who came to Leavenworth each year to bring joy to our kids!
Alexander was a 30 year veteran of the Missouri Army National Guard. He served in units in Sedalia, Jefferson City, Kansas City, and Richmond, Missouri. He was a Chief Warrant Officer.  He was awarded The Army Commendation Medal and was inducted into the Honorable Order of St. Barbara, the patron saint of the artillery by the Harry S. Truman chapter of the U.S. Artillery Association.
Don was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church and served on the trustees committee.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou, and his two daughters, Cynthia (Gary) Wyatt and Amy (Daryl) Brandt and three grandsons, Michael (Savannah), Alex and Jacob.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. The family requests that masks be worn.
Published by from Apr. 27 to Apr. 28, 2021.
To plant trees in memory, please visit the Sympathy Store.
To offer your sympathy during this difficult time, you can now have memorial trees planted in a National Forest in memory of your loved one.
Funeral services provided by:
R L Leintz Funeral Home
Add a Message

Not sure what to say?

7 Entries
Sorry to hear if his passing. Loved reading things he had written. God bless
Deborah Scott
May 4, 2021
Mary Lou, So sorry for your loss. Jayne Fletchall
April 29, 2021
My deepest sympathy for your loss. I remember visiting you at your home across from Liberty Park. You were always so kind and hospitable and such good friends to my parents. Prayers for God’s comfort and peace.
Cheryl (Schlobohm) Preuitt
April 29, 2021
Don worked with in advertising with my father at the Sedalia Democrat and helped mentor me when I worked there during summers in high school. My father would often comment about how lucky the Democrat was to have Don working there. His exemplary record of public service will be remembered by many. Condolences to Mary Lou and family.
Michael Jonson
April 29, 2021
Our condolences for your loss, you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Leonard Anderson
April 28, 2021
Don's vast knowledge of Sedalia history and many other areas will be missed. If someone didn't know the answer about something, he always was able to respond with accuracy. Prayers of peace to the family.
Charlotte and Millie Curry
April 28, 2021
I remember Mr.Alexander from my youth when my father (Armin Emo) worked for the Sedalia Democrat . My sincere condolences to the family.Rest In Peace Mr. Alexander and May Perpetual Light Shine Upon You.
Steve Emo
April 27, 2021
Showing 1 - 7 of 7 results