Commander Samuel J. Alexander, USN (Ret.), died at residence the morning of July 23, 2022, together with his loving household at his facet. CDR Alexander was born on September 8, 1943, in Altoona, Pa., to the late Charles E. and Mary E. (Malone) Alexander. He graduated from Altoona Excessive College in 1961 and attended Penn State College on an NROTC scholarship. On March 26, 1966, he obtained a fee as an Ensign, United States Navy, the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering diploma, and married the love of his lifetime of 56 years, the previous Mary Okay. Kelley of Connellsville, Pa.
After assignments in destroyers, CDR Alexander was designated an Engineering Obligation Officer in 1970. In 1976 he earned the MSEE and Diploma of Electrical Engineer from the Naval Postgraduate College, Monterey, Calif. At retirement in 1986, he was serving because the Senior Fight Programs Member of the Navy Departments Board of Inspection and Survey. His army awards embrace the Legion of Advantage, Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, Vietnam Service Medal, and the Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Leaf.
In 1986, Sam joined the Melpar Division of E-Programs Company, later the Raytheon Firm. He retired for the second time in 2005, and the couple relocated to the gorgeous Blue Ridge mountains in Nellysford, Va., in 2008.
Along with his spouse, Sam is survived by youngsters, Amy A. Gilliland, CPA (Wm Ralph Jr.) of Greensboro, NC, and LTC Brian C. Alexander, USAF (Ret.) (Jeanie v B) of Crozet, Va ., and 5 superb grandchildren, Virginia, Katie, and Caroline Gilliland, and Jonathan and Charlie Alexander. Along with his mother and father, Sam was predeceased by a sister, Vivian Goff, and an toddler grandson, Alexander William Gilliland.
Sam was a member of Delta Chi social fraternity, the Navy Officers Affiliation of America, IEEE Eta Kappa NU Electrical Engineering Honorary Society, and an Affiliate of Sigma Xi – The Scientific Analysis Honor Society. He was a very long time Novice Radio Operator and a member of the American Radio Relay League. Sam was a proud Life Member of the Wintergreen Rescue Squad, and a member of Rockfish Presbyterian Church, the place he led a Wooden Ministry devoted to retaining the residents of Nelson County heat all through the winter months.
Sam had an insatiable curiosity about the way in which issues work. He was an engineering geek who loved fixing every thing from Plane Carriers to digital circuit boards. He would fearlessly take virtually something aside and most occasions get them again collectively once more, and he was an on-call handyman to his mates and neighbors.
The household is deeply grateful for the distinctive care Sam obtained from the workers and nurses of the Emily Couric Most cancers Middle on the College of Virginia, and the HOPE Clinic, particularly the distinctive experience and compassion of Matthew Reilley, MD, and Kira McBee, RN .
A celebration of Samâ€™s life might be held 2 pm Sunday, July 31, 2022, at Rockfish Presbyterian Church.
Byrum-Parr Funeral House is serving the household.
Revealed by Every day Progress on Jul. 28, 2022.