Stan Alexander, 83, of Granger passed away Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009, at Crescent Healthcare in Yakima.
He was born Sept. 25, 1925 in Sunnyside to Henry and Mary Jane (Ensor) Alexander. He received his education in Granger, graduating with the class of 1943 as valedictorian. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, stationed in Honolulu at Hickman Field.
On June 6, 1952, he married Dorothy Bunch at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Spokane. In 1954 they moved to Granger where they began farming grapes and raising cattle. His wife, Dorothy, passed away in 2002.
On Aug. 14, 2004, he married Betty TenBroek in Zillah and they continued to make Granger their home.
He was a member of the Granger Alumni Association, a delegate to the National Grape Co-op, a member of Washington Cattleman Association, Lower Valley Elks Lodge 2112, and pilot and member of the Flying Farmers Association. He was a scout master for four years and earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
He is survived by his wife, Betty L. Alexander of Granger; four sons, Charles L. Alexander (Kathi) of Granger, James Alexander (Marisa) of Hillsboro, Ore., Steven D. Alexander and friend, Catherine Reece of Bethesda, Md. and Thomas W. Alexander (Annie) of Granger; one daughter, Sylvia Ann Thompson (Tom) of Pullman; stepson, Mick Duncan (Judy) of Yakima; stepdaughter, Deborah Barrett (Doug) of Naches; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; eight step grandchildren; and 5 step great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Dorothy Alexander; great-grandson, Enrique Hernandez; brother, Harry Alexander; and sister, Anita Cabe.
Viewing and visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 30, 2009, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Zillah Community Church in Zillah, with burial to follow at Outlook Cemetery in Outlook.
Those wishing to honor Stan's memory may contribute to the Granger Alumni Association, P.O. Box 1, Granger, WA 98932. Those wishing to share their memories or sign his on-line memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com.
Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.