Alexander Jr., Walter Lee (September 17, 1926 - April 17, 1982)
Funeral services held...
in Douglas for Walter Lee Alexander, Jr.
Douglas Budget - April 22, 1982Walter Lee Alexander, Jr., age 55, died suddenly at his home on Saturday, April 17, 1982.
Walter was born September 17, 1926 at Douglas, Wyoming the son of Walter Lee and Edna Ann Pfeifer Alexander, Sr. He attend grade school in the country, and graduated from the Converse County High School in 1945. While attending high school he held several offices in the FFA, attending president in his senior year. He helped on the Senior Year book, which was unable to be published because of the paper shortage.
Upon graduating he was drafted in the Armed Service taking his basic training in Camp Furnin, Texas. After finishing infantry training, he was selected to attend Ogalthorpe, Georgia, where he went through a special military police course. Having completed training there, he traveled across the country to different camps. He received an honorable discharge in 1974, at the rank of Sgt. He returned to the ranch and bought in partnership with his father. He was with his father, brother and sister in the Walking Cross Ranches Corporation until it dissolved in 1975.
He was a member of Saint James Catholic Church, Converse County Republicans, Precinct Committeeman in Guthrie Precinct, FFA Alumni Association, Wyoming Stock Growers, Wyoming Outfitters Association, and Converse County Farm Bureau, Wyoming Arabian Horse Association, and director on the board of the Douglas Day Care. He held the FFA Alumni's first position as treasurer and held many offices in the Farm Bureau, local and county. He served as County Farm Bureau president in 1965 to 1966 and again in 1973 to 1974. he was a 4-H horse leader for six years.
he was married to Marilyn Jun Rodeman of LaGrange, Wyoming on July 20, 1952 at Douglas, Wyoming. To this union were born four sons. He was married to Rita Roy on September 2, 1978 in Esterbrook, Wy., and together they had one daughter. He lived and worked for his children's future, enjoying every moment with them, and was very proud of them.
He is survived by his wife, Rita, of Douglas; four sons; Daniel Lee of Lyman, Wy., Dennis norman of Dubois, Wy., Mark Alan of Douglas and Kurt Lee of U.S. Navy, San Diego, Calif.; one daughter, Kelly Jo of the family home; one brother, Donald "Doc" Andrew and one sister Shirley Ann Forgey, both of Douglas; one grandson, Joseph Riley Alexander of Lyman, Wy.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, September 22, 1976 and his first wife, Marilyn, May 18, 1980.
Rosary services were held Monday, April 19, 1982 at 7:00 P.M. at the St. James Catholic Church in Douglas with the Father Philip Colibraro. Mass of the Resurrection was held Tuesday, April 20, 1982 at 11:00 A.M. at the St. James Catholic Church with the celebrant Father Philip Colibraro. Interment was in the Douglas Park Cemetery. The vocalist was harry Fondren and the organist was Jo Nicholls.
Serving as pallbearers were; Jim Willox, Jim Fitzhugh, Dennis Newell, Chester Brock, Frank Pexton, all of Douglas, and Fred Nance of Glendo. honorary pallbearers were: Leo Barnes of Casper, Had Carothers, Frank Burrell, Vern Merrill all of Douglas, Walter Whitaker, Jr. of Colorado Springs, Co., and Abe Meir of Meeteesee, Wy.
A memorial has been established to the Heart Fund and or Rancher's Memorial Fund. The Converse Funeral Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.