Howard James Alexander, 79

Howard James Alexander passed away peacefully on July 13, 2016 surrounded by family. He was born on Dec. 30, 1936 in Spearfish, S.D. and grew up in Hettinger where he met and married his high school sweetheart.

img115Howard James Alexander passed away peacefully on July 13, 2016 surrounded by family. He was born on Dec. 30, 1936 in Spearfish, S.D. and grew up in Hettinger where he met and married his high school sweetheart.

Howard is survived by his wife, Rea, of 57 years, brothers Lyle and Danny, daughters Darcy (Dan) and Peggy (Cory), son Mark (Jenne) and granddaughters Brittany (Alex), Alisha and Natalie.

He is a graduate of the University of North Dakota and Gonzaga University. He proudly served in the United States Air Force for 24 years. He was last stationed at Fairchild Air Force base where he retired with the rank of Colonel in 1984.

After retirement Howard continued his public service, serving as Chief of Disaster Preparedness at Fairchild. Howard’s love for flying began at a young age and continued throughout his life. If it could fly, he probably flew it.

He was active in a number of aviation organizations including The Experimental Aircraft Association, Quiet Birdmen, The Order of Daedalian, Ruby Mountain Hot Air Inc. and the honor Point Military & Aerospace Museum. When not flying or spending time with his loving family, he enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening.

In lie of flowers, please send donations to the honor Point Military & Aerospace Museum or the charity of your choice.