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Charles Russell Alexander
Charles Russell Alexander, age 87, died at the Kirksville Manor Care Center in Kirksville, MO on Sunday, December 16, 2018. He was born on Tuesday, December 23, 1930 south of Green City at the family farm to Pauline Frazier Alexander and Albert Alexander. He married Connie Elizabeth Carte in Kirksville on June 7, 1951.
Surviving Russell are his wife, his son Martin Alexander (Heather) of Leduc County, Alberta, Canada and his daughter Susan McCulloch (Tim) of Mexico, MO; seven grandchildren, Neal Alexander (Meghan), Corey McCulloch (Laura), Evan Alexander (Shandra), Alexander McCulloch, Graeme Alexander (Renee Brown), Luke McCulloch, Wynne King (Pierce); one great granddaughter, Gracelyn Alexander; one sister, Avis Pierson (Gary) of Lee’s Summit, MO; and several nieces and nephews.
Russell grew up in the Green City area, graduating from the Green City High School in 1948. Following graduation, he worked in Davenport, IA for two years. He served his country for 26 years, from 1951 to 1977 and received several citations for serving his country. His military service spanned the Korean Conflict, the Viet Nam War, as well as the Cold War. Russell initially joined the US Navy where after completing boot camp and tech school he was sent to San Francisco. There he was assigned to the Military Transport Service, a service responsible for transporting troops and their dependents to the Far East. After completing his tour of duty with the Navy, in 1955 he enlisted in the US Air Force. From this time until his retirement, Russell served with the Air Force Security Service, the Joint Command at the Pentagon, the USS North Hampton during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the US Embassy in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He completed four tours in his final assignment to the North American Air Defense Command, which allowed him to retire on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada as a Master Sergeant (E-7) in September 1977.
Russell and Connie spent the next 20 summers or so on Vancouver Island following retirement from the military, principally engaged in salmon fishing. They return to Green City on a full-time basis in 1997, where Russell served as a rural postal carrier for a time. Russell was an avid taxidermist for a good deal of his adult life and studied museum taxidermy at the University of Iowa for a semester.
Russell was a member of the Prairie Chapel Methodist Church and American Legion Post. He volunteered for many tasks in the community. Connie and he could often be seen rooting for the Gophers at basketball games in Green City. He loved to hunt & fish and watch or listen to St. Louis Cardinals’ baseball games, passions that he passed on to several of his grandchildren.
Russell was a very loving and dedicated husband, father, grandparent, great grandparent, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, and great uncle. He will be sorely missed by family and friends.
Funeral services for Russell will be held 2:00 P.M., Friday, December 21, 2018 at Ruschmeier Funeral Home in Green City. Burial will follow at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Green City. A visitation is scheduled from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., Thursday evening at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Prairie Chapel Church or the Mt. Olivet Cemetery.