John Brockett Alexander was born June 13, 1927, in Portland, Ore., to John Billings and Helen Parker Alexander. John grew up in many places following his civil engineer father who was building dams across the United States.
He graduated high school from the Kentucky Military Institute in Louisville, Ky. He returned to Oregon to attend Oregon State University. He graduated with a Business Administration degree in 1949.
While at O.S.U., John met the love of his life, Vera Bishop. They were married in August 1949, and just recently celebrated their 62nd anniversary.
John served our country in the Navy during World War II and the Korean War. He was a store manager for the J. C. Penney Company for over 38 years. He managed stores in Enterprise, Ore., Gresham, Ore., Portland, Ore., Bremerton, Wash., Phoenix, Ariz., and Hanford, Calif. John was an avid golfer and a devoted member of the Episcopal Church where ever they lived. John was a lay Eucharistic Minister since 1953 and a vestry member in five different parishes. He is a past president of the Gresham Rotary club and he and his wife delivered food for the Food and Friends program. He enjoyed gardening and reading United States History.
He is survived by his wife, Vera; three children, John (Denise) Bishop, Scott (Ivaly) Tracy, and daughter Carol Ann (Ken) Baker; grandchildren, Neil Alexander, Tucker Alexander, Kristyn Baker, Austin Baker, and Kasey Baker.
Contributions in his memory may be made to St. Mark's Memorial Fund, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 426 West 6th Street, Medford, OR 97520, or to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements under the direction of Litwiller Simonsen Funeral Home, Ashland, Oregon.