Gerald DeWayne Alexander

Gerald DeWayne Alexander

May 01, 1934 ~ October 09, 2021

Born in: Seattle, Washington
Resided in: Mission Viejo, California

Alexander Gerald DeWayne
May 1, 1934 – October 9, 2021

Gerald (Jerry) Alexander passed away with family at his bedside following a tough seven year battle with ALS. Jerry’s great love of life is the gift he left to his loved ones.

Jerry was born in Seattle, WA to Kay Bridges and Howard Alexander. He was a graduate of Lincoln High School where he played basketball. He went on to Monterey Community College. When the Korean War broke out he joined the Navy where he served on a destroyer chasing Russian submarines along the Pacific Rim. On returning home he attended Seattle University where he received his degree in Business Marketing in 1958. lt was there that he met his wife, the very beautiful Janice Morgan. They married and had three children. He was proud of his career in sales in the freight and shipping industry. His career led to relocations in Akron, OH, Lubbock, TX and finally to Mission Viejo in 1975. They lost their beloved daughter Tamara in a tragic traffic incident in 1986. Janice lost her battle with melanoma shortly after. Jerry would not give up but soldiered on. With all great fortune and blessings he connected with the second love of his life, Janet Ure, and they were married in 1987. He spent the rest of his life in the loving company and care of Janet. They lived an active and adventurous life, playing tennis, sailing and traveling. They relished their lives in their beautiful Mission Viejo home, sipping Jerry’s favorite vodka tonics in their backyard.

He is survived by his loving wife Janet, son Trace (Renee), daughter Teresa Kowalski (Rich), step-daughter Lori Waller (Jerry), sister Nancy Miller (Roland), ten beloved grandchildren Dayna Underwood (Mark), Jon Belinski (Alyssa), Mason Waller (Rachel), Jake Belinski (Molly), Kyle Waller, Emily Alexander Dylan Berry, Evan Kowalski, Caroline Alexander and Matt Alexander, and five beloved great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Jerry was larger than life and was an extremely proud husband, dad, grandpa, and great grandpa. He leaves us full of laughter, love, fun, outrageous pranks and stories.

He was a kind and honorable person and will be missed greatly.

 

Services

Memorial Service: November 2, 2021 11:00 am

O'Connor Mortuary
25301 Alicia Parkway
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

(949) 581-4300

Room: Chapel

Graveside Service: November 2, 2021 2:00 pm

Riverside National Cemetery
22495 Van Buren Blvd.
Riverside, CA 92518


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  1. Mary Soto October 23, 2021 at 4:46 am - Reply

     

  2. Russ & Bonnie Belinski October 23, 2021 at 7:07 am - Reply

     Our deepest sympathy. Many fond memories of Jerry. He was a really great guy.

  3. peter foley October 23, 2021 at 7:50 am - Reply

     I first met Jerry in the late seventies….we were competitors in the freight business. I always respected his selling abilities and wanted him to be on our team so we would have to stop selling against him! That happened in the mid 80’s when Jerry came aboard to sell with us at Viking Freight System..I can remember telling the guy in charge of the offshore markets when Jerry’s company went bankrupt “Make sure you get Alexander!” and it was to our joy that he did! Not only was Jerry a great salesperson but a delight as a co worker…we loved Jerry..how could you not? May God take this gentle soul under His wing.

  4. Kathi Manuel October 23, 2021 at 5:16 pm - Reply

     Gerry was one of a kind. He was friendly to all and told the best stories ever. Roy and I played tennis with the Alexanders and loved sharing this activity with them.
    I think of Gerry as a true warrior. He lived life to the fullest. He will be missed by all who were lucky to know him. Rest In Peace, Gerry, You were spectacular.

  5. Michelle Estep October 25, 2021 at 1:07 pm - Reply

     Thinking of You!!

  6. Lori & Brittney Hill October 25, 2021 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    Our love and prayers are with the entire family.

  7. Jodi Darr October 25, 2021 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    My love to you Teresa and the entire family.

  8. Howe ELizabeth October 25, 2021 at 7:09 pm - Reply

     We shared many a fun-filled time with Jerry and Janet when we lived in Mission Viejo. He was always bigger than life and had a smile on his face. We are so sad to hear about his passing and send our sympathies to Janet and the rest of his family. Dave and Liz Howe

  9. Conny Meyling October 26, 2021 at 11:24 am - Reply

     Sending you and your family live and prayers my friend. RIP Mr. Alexander.🙏🏻♥️

  10. Dorothy J Laster October 26, 2021 at 5:36 pm - Reply

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  11. Jim and Jeanne Roach October 27, 2021 at 8:15 am - Reply

     Our love and prayers for Janet and family. We have great memories of our Happy Hours with Janet and Jerry.

  12. Pat & Linda Duffy November 1, 2021 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    We were so very sad to hear of Jerry’s passing. Jerry was always able to effortlessly put a smile on everyone’s face. He will be missed. Our sincere sympathies to Janet and all of his family.

  13. Judi Moore November 1, 2021 at 7:19 pm - Reply

     Whenever I was in the company of Jerry and Jan – I had to have Kleenex with me because my makeup would get all over my face with tears of laughter!!!! Such a funny and FUN man he was. Jerry and Jan were quite the couple. My love, hugs and prayers for Jan and family. The world is not so bright anymore.
    Love Judi

  14. Dayna Underwood November 2, 2021 at 2:30 pm - Reply

     After a long seven year battle with ALS, we say goodbye to my grandpa today. My Pa was the best! We probably watched Bad News Bears and Grease a hundred times together. He was always pulling your leg and there for a good belly laugh.
    When I was a little girl he told me that I had a cousin named Charles…. Who was actually a Chucky doll. (The beginning of my love for horror I guess 🤣) Back in those days we didn’t have Amazon, so he drove all around looking for a doll to bring home. I’m the oldest of the grandchildren so now I had a friend to play with when I visited. It wasn’t a Barbie, but a doll possessed by a serial killer holding a knife nonetheless, but that’s Pa for you. A complete riot of a personality and lit up a room with his charm. He would sneak in his vodka tonics in a water bottle to attend my basketball and softball games. He would save condiments all year like ketchup, mustard, soy sauce, and then pass that out to the trick or treaters 🤣🤦🏼‍♀️ like he’s just the best!
    The most kind, patient, and witty person all in one. I’ll miss you Pa. Bittersweet, but now you can watch over us pain-free 🙏🏻
    I love you so much 😘😇

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