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John Roger Alexander


April 15, 2020

John Roger Alexander was born February 29, 1956 to Ronald and Hilda (Johnson) Alexander. He went home to be with the Lord on April 7, 2020.

John is the youngest of four sons and was the first leap year baby born in Klickitat Valley Hospital. He attended all of his years in school in the Goldendale schools. After graduating, he travelled to Europe and explored for the next year and a half. He returned to Goldendale and found work as a logger for 20+ years. He was always working at learning other skills as well, taking to heart his grandma's advice of learn all that you can. He had an interest in all things mechanical and enjoyed taking apart various items. This was a skill he passed on to his two sons, James and Jeremiah. They recalled around the age of 11 being tasked to take apart a chainsaw and then put it back together. He allowed them to make mistakes, and his mantra was, "You don't know until you try." This created a lifelong desire to learn and figure things out for both of his boys.

John opened his first repair shop on Knight Road not far from where he grew up. Later he opened a saw shop on Burgen Street, where he met some of his greatest lifelong friends. He relocated the business to South Columbus in 1989, where he had the room to raise a variety of farm animals and always had a loyal dog by his side.

In his 40s, John decided to learn to fly planes. It was a hobby he shared with his close friends and his wife, Fawn. He had many happy and sometimes harrowing stories from his times flying, including running out of gas a few times, one of them on a sand bar. He always managed to extricate himself from these situations, providing great stories to share afterwards. He didn't get rattled easily and always had confidence he could get himself out of any situation.

In 2003, he and Fawn pursued their dream of living in Alaska. They moved to Homer and became immersed in the Alaskan adventure, he as a bush pilot and she as a nurse.

After three years in Alaska, they returned to Goldendale, and John resumed his small repair business and also delivered planes for Cub Crafters across the US and Canada.

John loved Westerns, '70s music (especially the Moody Blues), flying, and had a great mechanical passion. He was 100 percent loyal to people and always fair in business. He was helpful to a fault. He enjoyed taking care of those who needed it, especially those who didn't have others to look out for them. He loved learning and appreciated all different aspects of life all over the world.

John stayed strong and optimistic to the end and will be sorely missed by his family, friends, and the community.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be announced at a later time. John's family would like to give many thanks to those who offered help in the past few weeks by sharing stories, cleaning the property, and offering both physical and emotional support.


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