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Ernest "Ernie" Alexander, Sr.

May 14, 1924 February 5, 2019
Ernest "Ernie" Alexander, Sr.
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Obituary for Ernest "Ernie" Alexander, Sr.

Ernest Ray Alexander was born to Joseph A. and Arlie LaVone Leona (Odle) Alexander on May 14, 1924 in Laurel, Nebraska. He passed away February 5, 2019, at the Norfolk Veteran Home in Norfolk, Nebraska.

When he was a boy, the family often relocated, due to his father’s job as a migrant farmworker. One of the last places they moved to was Lyons, Nebraska, in 1942; there he met Dorrell Jean Johnson. The first day at his new school, during assembly, he sat behind her and said, “I’m going to marry that girl someday.” They graduated together in 1943 and married October 9, 1944.

In August 1945, Ernest left for the Army and was assigned to the 89th Station Hospital in Korea as a utility repairman. While gone, he missed the birth of his firstborn, but was able to return home in September of 1946.

In 1949, Ernie and Dorrell moved to Tekamah, Nebraska and lived in many surrounding areas throughout, with one final move in 2015 to the Veteran Home in Norfolk. Bingo was the highlight of his day. Ernest was so lucky at Bingo that he stashed his quarters in his lock box. He was proud of those winnings and would show them to his visitors, but afterwards that lock box key went right back into his pocket!

Ernest worked many jobs during his life; a farmer’s hired hand, grain elevator operator, river tugboat deckhand, implement mechanic for Allis Chalmers and International and finally as the van driver for Tekamah Nursing Home, retiring from there at the age of 80.

Ernest enjoyed venturing to Clifton, Kansas for the annual Alexander reunion. He also enjoyed yardwork, gardening, spending time with grandchildren and going to the City Café for morning coffee. His most favorite pastime was walking his four-legged friend Trixie.

Ernest was a member of VFW, Knights of Columbus, a devoted member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and was a Tekamah Housing Authority board member for many years.

Ernest was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Walter Wilson; baby sister, Shirley; brother, Joseph “Peanut”; sister, Helen Brink; granddaughter, Jamie; nephews, Jay Johnson and Bob Mussack; niece, Julie Erickson; his beloved dachshund, Trixie.

He is survived by his wife of 74 years, Dorrell; sister, Erma Shawver of Lyons; sister-in-law, Margaret Johnson of Oakland, NE; brother-in-law, Carol Sappingfield of Gothenburg, NE; children, Ernest Jr. (Mary Jane) Alexander of Omaha, Diana (Joe) Sova of Omaha, Pat (Dick) Sheets of Norfolk, Jeff (Twila) Alexander of Tekamah, Jim (Tricia) Alexander of Tekamah, Christie (Mark) Richardson of Onawa, IA; 21 grandchildren; 39 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild on the way; many nieces and nephews, cousins and longtime friends.

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Memorial Service




10:30 AM 2/11/2019 10:30:00 AM
St. Patrick's Catholic Church

3480 W HWY 32
Tekamah, NE 68061

Military Honors will be held at the Tekamah Cemetery

St. Patrick's Catholic Church
3480 W HWY 32 Tekamah 68061 NE
United States

Cemetery Details


Tekamah Cemetery Final Resting Place

Tekamah, NE 68061

Tekamah 68061 NE
United States

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Tekamah Veterans

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