|Birth: ||Oct. 5, 1919|
|Death: ||Jul. 27, 2012|
Robert (Bob) Sidney Alexander, 92, born Oct. 5, 1919, Son of Sidney and Inez Alexander, in Chicago, IL, passed away peacefully on July 27, 2012 at 5 p.m.; Robert is survived by his beloved wife of 70 years, Phyllis I. Alexander; and their sons; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; Richard Alexander (Charlene) and their children Ross Alexander, Jeff Alexander and David Alexander; Glenn Alexander (Michelle) and Glenn's sons, Joshua Alexander, Aaron Alexander, Matthew Alexander and Glenn's daughter Nina Bess Alexander Hurst Robins, Lee Alexander(wife Brigitte), and daughter Elizabeth and eleven great grandchildren. Robert, "Bob", was a former Army Air Corps pilot in World War II, serving in the capacity of instructor to many pilots and the honored position of piloting the flights carrying the 'brass' and high-ranking officers safely to their destinations. An avid flyer his whole life, Bob flew professionally for the original Midway airlines for a brief time. Bob was an accomplished entrepreneur who developed his own stamp machine business. Eventually, he became an executive of the family meatpacking business. He was a driving force making the family business, the South Chicago Packing Co., the number one cattle breakers in Chicago, meat suppliers to grocers such as Jewel, and fine restaurants, such as Win Schulers. After the family business was sold, he later turned his hobby of flying into a business of buying and selling used aircraft. He was also one of the founders in his later years, of the flying social group called the Lunchwaffe, a group of Chicago area private pilots who flew to diverse midwest locations just for lunch. When Bob had stopped flying at age 82, he had accumulated over 45,000 flight hours. Bob loved music also and dancing with his wife. He, himself, was the concertmaster violinist while at University of Illinois and while in high school. He also enjoyed singing and playing the piano in his later years. A devoted, strong, compassionate and generous family man, was always attentive to his family and extended family. He also rose to meet the challenges of caregiving to his ailing, terminally ill relatives, when the need arose. Graveside Services will be held on Monday July, 30 at 1 p.m. at Beverly Cemetery, 12000 Kedzie Ave., Blue Island, 60406 with Rabbi Sheldon Podwell Officiating. Burns Kish Funeral Home, Munster, IN 219-836-5000 In charge of arrangements. Family requests no flowers, and please send all tribute donations to the Alzheimer's Association.
Published in Chicago Tribune on July 29, 2012.
Created by: Michael Harrington
Record added: Jul 29, 2012
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