‘Warren’ Terry Alexander, of Dowagiac

“Warren” Terry Alexander, of Dowagiac, passed away in the company of his wife and children on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, after a brief illness at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

Terry was born in Wauseon, Ohio, on April 16, 1944, and lived his early days in Archbold, Ohio, with parents Roger and Luella (Yedica) Alexander before moving to Napoleon, where Terry graduated high school in 1962. Terry attended University of Cincinnati before joining the Army and serving in Germany.

After his time in the service, Terry returned home and worked in the family business, Alexander’s Floor Covering. During a trip to southwest Michigan to visit his extended family, Terry’s life changed after meeting Linda Ely, whom he fell in love with and married on Sept. 6, 1969. They lived in Ohio before moving back to the Dowagiac area, where they settled in and began a family.

‘Warren’ Terry Alexander

Terry worked from 1970 to 1990 for Zenith in St. Joseph before working in sales for the Haggin/Wimberley automotive dealerships from 1990 until his retirement in 2007.

In his retirement, Terry enjoyed golf, spending time with his three grandchildren, watching Notre Dame sports teams, volunteering for various charitable groups and travelling with his beloved Linda. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a cruise through Alaska.

Terry is survived by wife, Linda (Ely) Alexander; sons, Greg (Angela) Alexander, of Southgate, Michigan, and Jeff (Amber) Alexander, of Surprise, Arizona; brother, Tom (Rosemary) Alexander, of Holgate, Ohio; and sisters, Tina (Bob) Bogert, of Napoleon, Ohio, and Tam (George) Schmidt and several nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and nephews. Terry also leaves behind his three adored grandchildren, Madilynn, daughter of Greg and Angela, and Elijah and Oliver, sons of Jeff and Amber.

Memorials can be made to The EliStrong Foundation in Terry’s name online at elistrong.foundation or by mail to PO box 754 in Dowagiac.

A visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, at Clark Chapel, 405 Center St., Dowagiac.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, at Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 51841 Leach Road, Dowagiac, with Father Russell Homic officiating.

Burial will follow in Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Cemetery with military honors rendered by the Dowagiac VFW and the U.S. Army. Those wishing to send a condolence online may do so at clarkch.com.

News

Niles assisted living facility celebrates reopening after COVID-19 restrictions lifted

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Michigan reports 598,014 cases, 15,670 deaths

Berrien County

Niles man sentenced for armed robbery

Brandywine Education

Brandywine Middle/High School announces remote learning through Friday

Dowagiac

Honor Credit Union to host contact-free community shred day in Dowagiac

Buchanan

Buchanan High School has remote day due to teacher shortage

News

Niles Police Log: Feb. 26 – March 3

Education

Edwardsburg Public Schools closed due to staff absences

Cass County

Cassopolis man rescued from Saddlebag Lake

News

Niles graduate retiring after 50 years with American Airlines

Cass County

County health department announces 1,500 COVID-19 vaccine appointments for ages 65 and older

Business

Wounded Minnow owner reacts to proposal to extend curfew, community support amid pandemic

Cass County

Two sentenced through Cass County’s Adult Treatment Court

Dowagiac

New Dowagiac police officers ready to serve community

Dowagiac

Dowagiac city manager provides update to Rotary

Cass County

Dowagiac man heading back to jail

Berrien County

Berrien, Cass businesses awarded Michigan Small Business Survival grants

Education

Eastside Connections seventh, eighth graders finish Black History Month virtual museum

Edwardsburg

Ontwa Township installs dry hydrants

Education

EPS foundation awards physical education teacher $2,500

Cass County

Cass County Board of Commissioners to return to in-person meetings

Giving

Niles Service League’s annual Bundle-A-Buddy fundraiser kicks off on Monday

Buchanan

One Buchanan to host free online mental health forum on COVID-19 isolation, depression

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Berrien, Cass counties report new COVID-19 deaths