A Mass of Christian Burial for John Alexander will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 10 a.m. at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Perry. Visitation will be on Friday, March 9, 2018 from 5 to 7 p.m. with a Vigil service held at 7:15 p.m. at the Carris Family Funeral Home & Cremation Care in Perry.

Interment will be in the Iowa Veterans Cemetery, Adel, Iowa at a later date. Memorials will be given to the Puppy Jake Foundation and may be left at the Carris Family Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.carrisfuneralhome.com.

John Ivor Alexander, age 71, son of Peggy and Lester Alexander was born Dec 28, 1946 in Perry, Iowa and passed away March 6, 2018 at his home outside of Woodward.

After graduating from Perry High School in 1965, Uncle Sam invited him to see the world, John served 3 years in the Army, 18 months of those in Vietnam, and 37 years at the Postal Service in Des Moines.

In 1986 John married Karen Ness at Living History Farm, and became an instant father to Nicki, Lawrence, and Tom. Later he would become a beloved grandfather to eight.

John loved watching old westerns and wrestling. He cheered for Iowa State, Green Bay and the Dodgers. He loved pasta, playing cards, putting puzzles together, going fishing, camping, gambling, and hunting for mushrooms.

If you needed a shoulder to cry on his was always there. We all will deeply miss those “hugs” and “I love you”. That smile will be missed.

John leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 32 years, Karen, three children, Nicki (John) Michels and their children Molly, Sam, and Beth, Lawrence Ness, and Tom (Heather) Ness and their children, Mathew, Alexis, Justin, Ian and Lawrence, two nieces Tess Jaspering (Mike) and Lisa (Randy) Ahrenholtz, and many friends, neighbors, and his dog Cy.

John was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Tom.