|Birth: ||Jun. 21, 1927|
|Death: ||Mar. 8, 2010|
William "Bill" Alexander
KERRVILLE - Our beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, William "Bill" Alexander , 82, was called home by the Lord on March 8, 2010.
Bill was born June 21, 1927, in Denver, Colo., the third child of Thornton Knox Alexander and Frances Ross Alexander . He was reared by his loving uncle and aunt, Jerry and Eugenia Koon in Casper, Wyo.
He graduated from East High School in Denver. Having lost his only brother in the war, Bill was eager to enlist and did so in May of 1945, missing his high school graduation ceremony. After the war, he attended the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he was a proud Acacia and met the love of his life, Katherine Virginia Hutchison. They married three years later on Sept. 4, 1950. He finished college at the University of Denver, graduating with a BS in Business in 1951. After graduation, his first job was in advertising sales with the Salt Lake City Tribune and, three years later, he was transferred to Los Angeles. An opportunity with Continental-Emsco brought Bill and Kay to Dallas in 1957, where they remained for 35 years.
His three children were born in Dallas, Ross in 1958, Betsy in 1961 and Molly in 1964. In 1965, he established his own firm, Alexander Mackenzie Advertising, and had a 40-year award-winning career in marketing and advertising in the oil field equipment and machinery industry. He traveled extensively for his business, arranging national and international tradeshows, including shows in the Soviet Union in 1972 and 1974. On both occasions, Kay met him, and they were able to travel extensively through Europe.
Bill was an active member in the advertising field and served as national vice president of the National Industrial Advertising Association. He also was a proud member and served as the president of the Bonehead Club of Dallas, whose motto is "to learn more and more about less and less until we know everything about nothing."
He was an avid golfer, loved to be on the water with his family boating on Lake Dallas, and he loved to fly. He earned his private pilot license in 1965 and had the great pleasure of owning a single engine V-tail Beechcraft Bonanza that he flew for business and pleasure. One thing he fondly remembered was flying under the newly constructed St. Louis Arch before it was illegal to do so. Every summer, Bill and Kay took their three children on a road trip throughout the United States. Fond memories for all, by the time the kids were grown they had been to almost every state in the continental U.S.
Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church was has main interest, where he served as deacon and helped establish the radio ministry in 1980. His son-in-law, Bert Colter, is one of the voices of the radio ministry today.
Upon retirement in 1990, he and Kay moved to Kerrville, where he remained active in the community. He served as a mentor for at-risk youth in Kerrville Independent School District and was a docent at Nimitz Museum in Fredericksburg. As a lover of history, he took an active role in the University of North Texas' World War II oral history program. He spent countless hours with veterans documenting their wartime experiences. The 102 histories that he recorded are now in the library at Schreiner University and available online at the University of North Texas, www.library.unt.edu/ohp/index.htm.
He was active in First Presbyterian Church in Kerrville, serving as an usher and helping to establish the Wednesday morning men's breakfast.
From 1994-1998, Bill and Kay served, during the summer months, as National Forest Service Volunteers in Colorado, Virginia and Florida. They worked hard building trails, cleaning campsites and greeting arriving campers. From 1998-2003, Bill and Kay put several thousand miles on their Suburban and Silverstreak trailer working for AGS, selling advertising space in campground brochures around the country. After each job, they spent time sightseeing, visiting Civil War battlefields, presidential libraries and the scenic wonders of our beautiful country.
Bill was an avid reader, particularly of history and the Civil War. He loved to write, having several articles published, and wrote two unpublished manuscripts. He had a beautiful tenor voice, singing in his fraternity, Navy and church choirs. He loved music, the great outdoors and cherished family.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents, brother and sister.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Kay; son, Ross Alexander and wife, Suzanne, of Corpus Christi, Texas; daughter, Betsy Alexander Colter and husband, Bert, of Carrollton, Texas; daughter, Molly Alexander and partner, Gary Luedecke, of Elgin, Texas. He also is survived by his grandchildrenm Alex, Colin and Emily Colter; and step-grandchildren, Barrett Alexander , Capt. USMC, and Joey Miller Jr. Also, special cousins, Carol Simonet and Gordon Thompson; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other family and dear friends.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Kerrville on Saturday, March 13, 2010. The service will begin outside with military honors by the VA Honor Guard, immediately followed by the service in the church sanctuary with a reception following in Ryan Hall.
Memorial contributions in Bill's honor can be made to the music program at First Presbyterian Church of Kerrville, Sid Peterson Hospice or the American Legion scholarship fund.
Kerrville Daily Times (TX), March 11, 2010
Katherine Hutchinson Alexander (1928 - 2013)
Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church
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