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Ronald L Alexander 88, El Dorado Springs, Missouri passed away September 26 at his home following a short illness. He was born February 5, 1926 near Tiffin, Missouri to Lawrence and Ruby (Smith) Alexander. He graduated from El Dorado Springs High School in 1943.
Ronald’s mother died when he was 2 years old and he was raised by Uncle Riley and Aunt Lottie Fraley. They loved and raised him as their own son.
In 1956 he married Christine Chadwick and together they provided a loving home for their 5 children. They were married 58 years and lived 39 years on their farm north of town. In his later years he made his farm a home for his beloved longhorn cattle.
Aside from his wife, Christine, survivors include his daughters Rhonda (Mark) Boch, Pam Julian, Bonnie Jeanne (Carl) Taylor, and his daughter-in-law Patti Alexander — all of El Dorado Springs. Also a son Gary (Colleen) Alexander of Springfield. MO. He leaves behind brothers - Jr. Alexander. Clarence Alexander, and sisters - Nora Mae Chaney. June Richardson, Wanda Pickarell, and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved son Ronnie.
His family remembers him telling stories of the various jobs he held as a young man. In the mid 1940’s Ronald found the occupation that he grew to love and spent the next 65 years making a living for his family — trucking. He trucked until he was 82 years old. He became indignant when at age 80 his insurance rates went up. He gave the Lord credit for his many years of successful trucking. He trucked in Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas and worked many years in Kansas City, Mo. As well as trucking, he and his wife, Christine, designed and built over 50 homes in the El Dorado Springs area. He served the El Dorado Springs School district as a board member for 9 years.
One of his most precious achievements was his involvement in building and organizing of the Speedwell Southern Baptist Church in 1975. He taught Sunday School for over 50 years, served as Trustee, and Sunday School Superintendent. He had accepted Jesus as his personal Savior as a young man and continued to serve the Lord. He also was a supporter of Baptist Ridge Church Camp at Warsaw.