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Dr. Charles “Bud” William Alexander, 86, of Columbia, MO passed away January 20, 2018 at home from complications from cancer. Memorial services will be held at 2:30pm on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church, 16 Hitt Street, Columbia, MO 65201.
Bud was born June 2, 1931 in Olathe, KS to Arthur and Thelma (Hoover) Alexander. He married Irene Owens on June 7, 1953 in Olathe. He obtained a B.S. and M.S. in Agronomy from Kansas State University and a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University. He was employed by USDA in Beltsville, MD from 1957-1972. After serving in several administrative positions with USDA, in 1972 he transferred to Columbia, MO as associate director of USDA, covering a four-state area, and retired in 1988. In retirement, Bud was active in Golden K Kiwanis, serving in many capacities, including as Lt. Governor for the district. He was also active in First Presbyterian Church.
Bud was preceded in death by his parents; grandmother, Urda Alexander; and brother, Robert Alexander.
He is survived by his wife, Irene Alexander; son, John Alexander; daughter Leigh (Greg) Bailey; grandchildren Jesse (Sonya) Bailey, Rebekah (Jonathan) Hastings, Janelle Bailey, Levi (Emily) Bailey, and Hayley Alexander.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Golden K Kiwanis, in care of Verel Benson, 200 Haywood Court, Columbia, MO 65203.