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  • Visitation:  5-7 p.m.  Sunday
  • Funeral:  11:00 a.m.  Monday

Mr. Richard L. Dick Alexander, age 78, of Sidney, passed away Wednesday morning, August 6, 2008 at Helen Newberry Joy Hospital in Newberry while vacationing with family in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The son of James D. & Vera (Dulyea) Alexander, he was born on Aug. 15, 1929 and grew up in the Sheridan area.

A graduate of Sheridan Agricultural High School, he began working at Federal Mogul in Greenville on May 9, 1950 and retired after 41 years of service on Sept. 1, 1991. Dick had served as Sidney Township Supervisor, enjoyed playing euchre, as well as his many trips to the U.P. For many years, along with his brother Bob, he had also farmed.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two wives, Ann (Smalley) Alexander in 1960, and Irene (Rigdon) Alexander in 1999; a daughter, Judy Ann Alexander in 2005; a son, Richard Thomas Alexander in 2006; three sisters, Marilyn Haling, Phyllis Vitale, and Janice Swainston; four brothers, James, Donald, Robert, and Gordon Alexander.

Surviving are a daughter, Cathy (Bill) Lynn of Stanton; two sons, Terry Alexander of San Diego, California, and Tom and Michelle Alexander of Gowen; a daughter-in-law, Theresa Alexander of White Cloud; nine grandchildren, Dawn (Frank) Strecker, Michelle Alexander, Travis Alexander, Danielle Alexander, Jason (Christina) Lynn, Jill Lynn, Ryan Alexander, Brittney Alexander, and Kayla Alexander; and nine great grandchildren.

Also surviving are four sisters, Beverly Stoneham of Sheridan, Joann (Jerry) Helmer of Crystal, Barbara (Doug) Claflin of Greenville, Carole (John) Campbell of Parma; siblings-in-law, Bonnie Randall of Sheridan, Ella Alexander of Sheridan, Phillip Vitale of Grand Rapids, Herschel Hailing of Sidney, Barbara Rios of Stanton, and Gary Swainston of Sheridan; and many, many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday. Aug. 11, 2008 from the Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville.  Burial will follow in Sidney Township Cemetery.  Visitation is Sunday from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home, where envelopes for memorial contributions to the charity of ones choice are available.

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  1. Anonymous on August 6, 2008 at 12:00 am


    09/01/2008 –

    Patty Deal & fam

    Terry,cathy,and Tom I am so sorry to hear about your Dad and our uncle. We didn’t get up there like we should to see him, But will remember the good memories that he shared with aunt Irene. will be thinking of you Patty& Family

    08/13/2008 –

    Katie Williams Kuzma

    I am so sorry to hear about your dad. Terry please email me I would love to hear from you. Katie

    08/11/2008 –

    Candy (Deal) Outman

    Tom,Terry&Cathy, I am truly sorry about your loss. Every time I went by Dick’s house in Sidney, it brings back so many memories of our childhood. I was so glad to see all of you again but not under these kind of circumstances. God Bless and know that the Deal family is here if you need anything.

    08/11/2008 –

    Harold Edwards

    Please accept our condelances in your loss. We will hold your family in our thoughts and prayers.

    08/10/2008 –

    Bob & Elaine Deal

    We were sadden to hear about Uncle Dick. We always look forward to seeing him when we came back Michigan.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

    08/10/2008 –

    Becky and Don Most

    We are so sorry for your loss. He was my grandpa too. I am here for your family and will help in any way that I can.

    08/08/2008 –

    Carla and Vickie Brigham

    Kayla and Family
    I am so sorry to hear of your grandfathers passing. My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family. Dick was one of a kind & will be deeply missed.
    Carla & Vickie

    08/07/2008 –


    Tom, Cath and Terry Wanted to tell you how sorry I am about Uncle Dick. Just thinking about him for the past two days and Jeff and I talking about things has brought back so many memories. I will never forget the clicker, we loved that thing!!! He always looked out for us and we love him for that. We sure will miss him.

    Gabe Krum

    Terry and family, Sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Know my thoughts are with you.

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