Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, May 20, 2010
OBITUARY - JERRY DEAN McALEXANDER
Jerry Dean McALEXANDER, son of Kenneth and Virginia (WALTERS) McALEXANDER, was born December 13, 1948 at Creston, IA. He
graduated from Mount Ayr Community High School in 1967. Jerry served in the Vietnam War from February 24, 1969 to
September 28, 1970. On March 3, 1972 he was united in marriage to Rosalie Cheryl TRAVIS and to this union four boys were
born; Jeff, Tim, Pat, and Andy.
He was lovingly cared for by his wife Rosalie till the Lord called him home on May 12, 2010.
Jerry was a farmer who loved the land and the animals he cared for. Jerry was a member of the Tingley American Legion,
an active member of Trinity Christian Church, a little league coach and also had played several years of fast pitch
softball for town teams. He was a 4-H leader, swine and horse superintendant for 4-H, and was on the County Fair Board
for many years. He also had a passion for riding horses. During his teenage years he rode with the Humeston Saddle Club
and then as his boys got big enough to ride they rode in the Union County Saddle Club. He passed on his love of horses to
his sons and also the grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife Rosalie; sons Jeff (Tara) McALEXANDER, grandchildren Kennedy, Jalyn, and Tanner; Tim (Sarah)
McALEXANDER, granddaughter Caroline; Pat (Melissa) McALEXANDER, grandsons Dylan, Jordan, and Collin; Andy (Beckey)
McALEXANDER; his parents Kenneth and Virginia McALEXANDER of Ellston; brother Larry (Cathy) McALEXANDER of Treynor;
sisters Shirley McALEXANDER of Beaconsfield and Deborah (Danny) Van HORN of Bloomfield; mother-in-law Betty TRAVIS of
Creston; brothers-in-law Bruce (Dee) TRAVIS of Creston and David (Jean) TRAVIS of Creston, many nieces, nephews, other
relatives, and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his father-in-law Bruce TRAVIS Sr. and his grandparents Riley and Ora McALEXANDER, Leland
WALTERS, and Helen MEIER.
Services were held Saturday, May 15th at 1:00 p.m., Trinity Christian Church of Decatur City
with Rev. Terry ROBERTS officiating. Musicians were Nancy SACKETT, Garylyn IMEL, Rose McALEXANDER and Nancy GATES.
Casket bearers included Jon McALEXANDER, Jason McALEXANDER, Chris JACKSON, Jamie TRAVIS, Clint TRAVIS, Adam TRAVIS and
Military rites were conducted by Emmett Liles Post #541 American Legion and National Guard Honor Squad.
Jerry was laid at rest in the Ellston Cemetery, Ellston, Iowa.
Arrangements by Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, May of 2010
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