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John (Jack) Alexander


John (Jack) W. Alexander, age 84, of Medford, passed away Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019 at Deerview Meadows Assisted Living in Medford. Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Whittlesey. Visitation will be at 9 a.m. with service at 11 a.m. Pastor Gary Lodholz will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in Medford Evergreen Cemetery II.

John was born in Glidden on Feb. 22, 1935 to Peter and Ella (Schraufnagel) Alexander. The family moved to Abbotsford in 1937. He attended Abbotsford grade and high schools. He attended UW-Eau Claire for two years and then entered into the U.S. Army in 1955. He spent three years in the Army Special Forces returning to UW-Eau Claire graduating in May of 1960. He married Gertrude (Trudy) Meinke on July 25, 1959. John taught high school in Elmwood and at Medford Senior High. He was head baseball coach at Medford for many years. After teaching, he ran the Tastee-Treat and Countryside Restaurant. He also was credit manager for Stetsonville Oil Company retiring in 2018. He loved baseball and spent the last years following his grandson’s ball games, attending almost every game they played. He was a member of the Stetsonville American Legion.

John is survived by his wife of 60 years, Trudy; four children, Sue (Richard) Dashek, Mark (Tracie) of Kronenwetter, Daniel and Kurt (Kathy) both of Medford; 10 grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Jean Weix and Alice Beck.

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