Charles Monroe Alexander


On August 23, 1929, Henry and Clara Alexander of Evanston were blessed with the birth of their second child, Charles Monroe Alexander. Charles grew up with three brothers: the oldest, Miles; younger brothers, James and Richard; and sister, Sara. 

On March 25, Charles passed away at 92 in Lebanon, Oregon, having lived a full life filled with family, friends and a successful career. Charles will be remembered for his quick wit, sense of humor, knowledge and devotion to his family and friends. 

Charles attended Evanston High Scholl in Evanston from 1944 to 1947. After graduating, he took a job with J.C. Penney as a sales associate in 1947. By 1950, he had been promoted to assistant general manager of the store, but this would come to an end when he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1950.

By 1952, he received rank of Master Sargent Armored Division. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1952 and returned to Evanston to work with his brothers at the Alexander Service Station.

He met the love of his life, Bonnie Woody, in 1952, and they were soon married. It was then that Bonnie convinced Charles to use his GI Bill benefits to pursue higher education. He enrolled at Utah State University in 1954 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering in 1958.

The following year, he landed a job with the Hewlett/Packard Company. It was then that they relocated to Palo Alto, California. He worked at that site for 10 years. HP was growing and opened a new plant in Cupertino, California. They relocated there and raised their two children, Verla and Christian.

HP was expanding again by building a manufacturing facility in Oregon. They moved to Corvallis, Oregon, in 1976, where he managed the HP worldwide product service division until he retired in 1994. 

Charles had many interests and hobbies, but his top priority was his family. He always provided a happy home and volunteered in coaching sports, Boy Scouts of America, community service and much more. He loved golf and spent time at the Corvallis Country Club with friends and family, enjoying both the sport and the social aspect of it.

He and his son, Christian, restored a 1928 Ford Modal A, which he originally found in the Evanston area in the early ’70s. He had several champion pedigree German shorthaired pointer dogs, which he used for hunting upland game. He enjoyed woodworking and made his own variety of wines. 

Charles lived a full life and enjoyed spending time with his family. To know him was to love him, and he will truly be missed until we are all reunited again. He will be laid to rest next to Bonnie in his hometown of Evanston.

Charles is survived by his daughter, Verla Roach, of Spanish Fork, Utah; a son and daughter-in-law, Christian and Linda Alexander of Corvallis, Oregon; granddaughter, Bonnie Roach, of Salt Lake City; three grandsons, Benjamin C. Roach of Provo, Utah, Christian C. Alexander of Levan, Utah, and Thomas M. Alexander of Corvallis, Oregon; two great-grandsons; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son-in-law, Wayne Roach; sister, Sarah Jane Alexander Calvert;  brothers, Miles J. Alexander, Dr. James H. Alexander and Dr. Richard D. Alexander; brother-in-law, Terry B. Calvert; and sisters-in-law, Esther Woody, Patricia J. Alexander

Burial service took place on April 9, at the Evanston City Cemetery, conducted by Ball Family Chapel of Kemmerer.

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