Roland Charles Alexander, 95, of Parkersburg, passed away on March 3, 2013, at his residence, under the loving care of his family.
He was born in Webster Township, Mich., on March 23, 1917, the son of the late Horace L. and Harriet L. Knight Alexander. He graduated from Ann Arbor High School and the University Architectural School. He entered the Army in Aug. of 1942, and proudly served his country in World War II. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, two Bronze Stars and three Battle Stars. Following his military service, Roland worked at a design engineer firm, serving the automobile industry. He designed automobile parts and processed for the production line. He was an avid golfer, gifted painter and enjoyed reading. In retirement, he and his wife Carol spent winters in Florida, and then moved there in 2003, where he enjoyed the many golf courses. They moved to Parkersburg in 2010 to be close to family due to health reasons.
Roland is survived by his wife of 70 years, Carol Elizabeth Harper Alexander, a Parkersburg native; daughter, Naomi Dixon of Parkersburg; 11 grandchildren including, James Dixon IV, Steve Dixon (Carol), and Sue Christman (Troy); several great-grandchildren, including Joey Dixon (Julia); and one nephew. In addition to his parents, Roland was preceded in death by son, Gilbert Lemon; brother, Llewellen Alexander; one grandson; and one granddaughter.
Following Roland's request, he will be placed at Arlington National Cemetery with military honors.
The family wishes to thank Myrtle Martinelli, Jessie Martinelli and Amedisys Hospice, for the special care they have given Roland and the family.
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