Clarence Ernest Alexander, 85, Kansas City, passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of June 19, 2016.
Clarence was born on Sept. 26, 1930, in Tiffin, to Lawrence and Rachel Alexander, one of nine children. He attended Blue Ridge School of St. Clair County for eight years.
In April of 1952, he joined the United States Army. While enlisted, he served as a cook with a rank of CPL Private First Class. In April of 1954, he was honorably discharged. He then went on to work as a service station attendant until 1974. Following that, he worked for Dusselier Ready-Mix where he drove cement and construction trucks for many years until he retired.
He met and married the love of his life, Mildred, and together they had seven children. During this time, he was also raising a family and attending to a herd of cattle.
Clarence enjoyed tinkering in his basement and recycling; you name it, he recycled it. He volunteered to work at food drops where he helped count the food that went into the bags. He was a whiz at math which made him an asset to the team.
Clarence was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Joseph Ernest, and his daughter, Deborah Marie.
He leaves behind to cherish his memories; his wife and best friend for 60 years, Mildred J. Alexander; his children – Therese Sedwick (Everett) of Harrisonville, Sandra Stone (Kim) of Clearwater, FL, Carol McClellan (Tim) of Kingsville, Clarence Michael Alexander (JoAnn) of El Dorado Springs and Robert Alexander (Lisa) of Blue Springs; 25 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and many great friends.
“Who will fill his job of telling us the “Naked Ladies” are up?” “He is scrapping in heaven.”
Services were Friday, June 24 in Chapel of Memories Funeral Home, Grain Valley with Reverend Daniel Childs officiating Music was, “I’ll Fly Away” – Boxcar Willie, “Daddy’s Hands” – Holly Dunn and “We’ll Meet Again” – Johnny Cash. Casket bearers were Willie Brownsberger, Jeff Richardson, Artie Johnson, Joel Reasoner, David Sedwick, Greg Richardson, Jr. Johnson and Alvan Reasoner. Honorary casket bearers were Kim Stone, Charles Prince, John Fields, Everett Sedwick, Tim McClellan, Jimmy Knox, Charles Johnson, Tim Steinman, Dave, Wilson, John Sedwick and Jr. Alexander. Clarence was laid to rest at Swan Lake Memorial Park. Military honors followed the service. Interment was Swan Lake Memorial Park.
Funeral services were conducted by Chapel of Memories Funeral Home.