Dorian M. “DM” Alexander

Dorian M. (DM) Alexander, age 66, of Lee’s Summit, MO, passed away on October 8, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. A memorial service celebrating DM’s life will be held on Friday, October 14 at Woods Chapel United Methodist Church in Lee’s Summit. Visitation will be held at the church 10:30 – 12:00 p.m. The church service will begin at 12:00 followed by a military ceremony at the Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville at 2:00 p.m.
DM was born on September 9, 1950, the son of Dorian and Dorothy (Brown) Alexander. He grew up in Shelbyville, MO and graduated from North Shelby High School in 1968. He joined the U.S. Army and served in the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. DM was injured twice, most critically on July 22, 1970 at Firebase Ripcord, Republic of Vietnam. He received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star with a V, and the Silver Star Medal for his valiant efforts. After recovering from his combat injuries DM returned to college and received his Bachelor of Science in Agri-Economics from Central MO State University in 1977. He worked in agri-business for the next 35 years, with 29 years of service as a grain marketing specialist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and retired in 2013.
DM loved being a very active parent, and served in many leadership roles in his sons’ activities. He was particularly active in Boy Scout Troop 42 in Lee’s Summit during his sons’ scouting years. He served as Scout Master from 1991 – 1995. He enjoyed many years at H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation achieving the rank of honorary warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say, and earning the staff coupe.
DM was preceded in death by his father, Dorian M. Alexander, and older sister, Mary Jane Alexander Goble. He and his family joined Woods Chapel United Methodist Church in 1987. He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Marsha Alexander, of the home. Survivors include two sons: Dorian Alexander III (Katie) of Lee’s Summit, and Justin Alexander (Beth) of Blue Springs; four grandchildren: Haylee Hudson, Karlee Alexander, Griffin Alexander, and Harper Alexander.
Also surviving are his mother Dorothy; sister Sue Ann Morrow (Lon) of Mount Pleasant IA; sister in law, Jill Griffin, Austin, TX; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a large circle of devoted friends.
Memorial contributions can be made in his honor to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5789, 329 SE Douglas Street, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063 and Heart of America Council Boy Scouts, 10210 Holmes Road, Kansas City, MO 64131.

Visits: 5


  1. Nick and Brooke Moore on October 11, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    Dorian just wanted to say that you and your family are in my thoughts during this tough time. If you need anything just holler.

  2. Louise Aldridge on October 11, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    God bless all of the Alexander family who so recently lost DM’s sister, Mary Jane, and now have lost DM. Sure we know God knows what he is doing but it truly is hard to understand when a mother loses 2 children so close together and a sister loses her sister and brother, a wife loses her husband plus two members of her family. I can’t begin to tell you how sorry I am for you Marsha, for you Sue Ann, and for Dorothy. Also my sympathy to all the children of both DM and Mary Jane. I still miss Mary Jane every single day and I know all of you who knew DM will miss him too. You are all in my prayers at this tough time.

  3. Deana Sanford on October 11, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    Marsha & boys, Hooley and I are very sorry for your loss. D.M. Was a great guy. He will always be remembered for his great personality and his bravery in our military. I will keep you in my prayers. Deana and Hooley Sanford

  4. Judy Cantlon on October 11, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    My love to the family, and praying that together you have the strength to get through these tough times. He was so young. I’m so sorry.

  5. Kathy Aldridge on October 11, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    Marsha and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss of a husband, father and grandfather. There are no words to make it any easier, but rejoice in all the memories that you have.

  6. Sue and Ken McLaughlin on October 12, 2016 at 7:27 am

    We are so sorry to hear of DM’s passing. May good memories of your times together sustain you today and in the days ahead. Blessing!

  7. Pad and Judy Rao on October 12, 2016 at 8:26 am

    What a loss for our world and what a gift for the next world. DM was a great guy.

  8. Don & Bonnie Moore on October 12, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Our hearts are broken for you. Sending our thoughts and love
    to you and your family. I went to school with D.M. and Mary Jane and am at a loss for words……Bonnie (Engle) & Don Moore.

  9. Joe wand on October 12, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Dorian & Justin, condolences for your loss. I have many good memories of DM and always had respect for him. I will be unable to make it to the church service but will have you and yours in my thoughts and prayers. Keep your memories close to your heart and he will be with you forever.

  10. Sue (Crabtree) Buckley on October 12, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    My heart felt condolences go out to the family for your loss. So many good memories attending school with DM and Sue Ann. He will be missed by so many.

  11. Becky Garrison on October 12, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    I am so very sorry for your great loss. It’s hard to say goodbye and let go. He is free from pain & suffering. I know your hearts are sore & may God grant you unfailing strength to bear it! Remember the love and good times & he is always In your heart! Love & prayers

  12. Sheila McLean on October 12, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Thank you for sharing the beautiful tribute to him! I was touched by reading about his outstanding service to our country! He will surely be missed.
    Love from your NC family,
    Sheila and David McLean
    Holly Springs, NC

  13. Cynthia Crawford on October 12, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Marsha, thinking of you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  14. Anne Barbee on October 13, 2016 at 12:19 am

    What a great remembrance to DM, I love the picture. Heavy hearts and love from NC, wish we could be there!???.
    Love to you from The Barbees
    Joy, Larry, and Anne

  15. Suzanne Christopher on October 13, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Please know that our hearts are with you all. Sending love and light your way.
    In his peace,
    Suzanne and Billy

  16. Frankie and Ronnie on October 14, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    I wish I were there with you today. I know this is a terribly hard time and need all the love and support you can get. Ronnie and I have been praying for you and your family. DM was a good man and I think your tribute/obituary was very nice. We will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Love to you all.

  17. Thelma on October 19, 2016 at 5:14 am

    I do not know if it’s just me or if perhaps everybody else encountering issues with your blog. It appears like some of the written text within your content are running off the screen. Can someone else please comment and let me know if this is happening to them as well? This might be a issue with my web browser because I’ve had this happen previously. Thanks

  18. Wanda Eubank on November 1, 2016 at 7:14 am

    Words are never adequate when a family has lost a dear one. As a long time friend of DM and Marsha, “Aunt” to Dorian and Justin and privileged to be included in Alexander family doings, I share their sorrow. DM was a great guy and a good friend.

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