Donald Jesse Alexander, age 89 of Millersport, lifelong Ohio State University Buckeye fan and alumni, passed away January 4, 2013, at Fairfield Medical Center, Palliative Care. Don was best known for his passion for OSU, TBDBITL, bass fishing, attention to plants and flowers, as well as his dedication to a family-owned marine business on Buckeye Lake in Millersport, Ohio.
Donald Jesse Alexander was born February 16, 1923, to the late Dora (Beiran) and George Alexander of Columbus, Ohio.
Don was the youngest son of George Alexander who formed a marine business on the south side of Buckeye Lake in Millersport. The business, dating back to 1870, was named a historical landmark by the Greater Buckeye Lake Historical Society in 2004. Originally known as “Hamilton Place”, Don’s great great grandmother operated the business as a boat rental and boat landing, as well as a hotel and stable. The business name was changed to Alexander’s Landing in 1925.
Don was a graduate of Walnut Township High School in Millersport. He served in the Pacific Theater during World War II as a paramedic. After the war, Don completed his education at The Ohio State University, graduating in 1948. He joined the family business following his college graduation and it was his lifetime career until his retirement. Don was a member of the Fairfield Baptist Church, Altura Masonic Lodge 537 F&AM, Millersport American Legion Post and served as a board member with Walnut Township School District.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Jo (Fisher) of Millersport; a brother, George Alexander of Homestead, FL; sons, Chris (Grace) Alexander of Millersport and Eric (Robin) of Naples, FL; daughter, Anita Alexander of Millersport; nephews, Michael Boyer (Lonnie) of Outville and Mark Boyer (Debbie) of Logan; and niece, Melody (Albert) Boyer of Millersport.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Harriet Alexander-Boyer, of Columbus; and nephew, Albert Boyer of Millersport.
Don will be resting at the Fairfield Baptist Church Cemetery. A memorial service is being scheduled for a later date. Caring Cremation(tm) has taken place by the Johnson-Smith Funeral Home and Crematory, Baltimore.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Fairfield Baptist Church, 7991 Old Millersport Road NE, PO Box 247, Thurston, Ohio 43157.
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