Kossuth County

Pfc. Everett Sherman Alexander

Born 02 Jun 1912
Died 06 Jul 1944

 

 

MEMORIAL RITES AT LUVERNE FOR PFC. ALEXANDER

Memorial services for Pfc. Everett Sherman Alexander, of LuVerne, were held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the Methodist church with Rev. Robert Phillips officiating.

Pfc. Alexander was born June 2, 1912, at Bradgate, Iowa, and gave his life for his country July 6, 1944, while serving in the Atlantic war zone.

The American Legion and Auxiliary honored the young hero by attending the services in a body. Baskets of flowers for the altar and generous donations to the American Red Cross were given by relatives and friends in his memory.

The processional was played by Mrs. Ray Stone, while the relatives and the Legion and Auxiliary marched in. Rev. Phillips then offered words of assurance and prayer. The congregation sang, “God Bless Our Native Land.” Legion Commander Walter Engel and Auxiliary President, Georgia Chapman, spoke in behalf of their organizations. Herman Meyer, Chaplin, then offered prayer. A trio composed of Mary Margaret Phillips, Mary Espeland and Dorothy Swanson sang, “Still, Still With Thee.”

Rev. Phillips chose as his theme, “Greater Love.” Following the sermon, the congregation sang “Abide With Me.” The United States flag was then presented to the Alexander family by two soldiers from the prisoner of war camp at Algona. Taps were sounded by Richard Smith who is home on leave from the Navy. The congregation then stood and pledged allegiance to the flag. The colors were then retired by color bearers, Grover Rentz and Charles Kwallek.

Honorary Pallbearers were Elmer Hunt, Charles Nygaard Roy Nygaard, George Wolf, Harold Wolf and Theodore Johnson.

Pfc. Alexander was 30 years of age and had entered the service in March, 1942. He landed in England in April of this year. He farmed with his father before entering the service.

Besides his parents, Pfc. Alexander is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Luther Nygaard, Mrs. George Detmering and Irma Alexander and also one brother, Vernon. Many out-of-town relatives and friends attended the service, and the church was filled to capacity.

Source: Algona Upper Des Moines, August 15, 1944