William "Bill" Alexander '49 October 14, 2022 5:04 PM updated: October 14, 2022 5:17 PM
Dr. William F. Alexander
April 9, 1928 - October 19, 2020
William "Bill" Floyd Alexander, DMV, 92, passed away peacefully on October 19, 2020 at his home in Stillwater, OK. Due to Covid-19, a private memorial service will be held. His final resting place is Restland Cemetery in Dallas, TX. Strode Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
William "Bill" Floyd Alexander was born in the spring of 1928 in Dallas, TX. After graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, TX in 1945, he attended Texas A&M University to study Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 1951. Bill spent every summer from 1940 to 1951 as a horse wrangler at Kickapoo Kamp in Kerrville, TX. He then worked in meat inspection for a few years.
On Christmas Day 1954, Bill met Mary Lou Burke. The couple married on July 2, 1955 and moved to Ponca City to start a life together. Bill opened his general veterinary medical practice where he practiced solo until December 1978. The couple raised two sons in Ponca City and enjoyed their family life. He was very active in the community. In 1979, Bill and Lou moved to Edmond, OK, where he accepted a position as Assistant State Veterinarian with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture. In 1993, Bill retired from the state position.
Bill and Lou then moved to Broken Arrow, OK, where he held numerous veterinary related positions until fully retiring in 2013 after 61 years of veterinary practice. After the passing of his wife Lou and son Tom Alexander, he moved to Stillwater, OK. He spent the remainder of his years living near his son, Ken Alexander, owner of Alexander Construction Company.
Bill had a wonderful and full life. He enjoyed playing golf, spending time at Grand Lake with his family, hunting elk in the fall and traveling with his wife Lou. You were always sure to find him solving the daily crossword puzzle and taking note of all the birds that populated his backyard. Bill was sure to catch every Texas A&M football game and loved keeping up with his college friends. Bill donated generously to several organizations that he had passions for: St. Andrew's Church, American Cancer Society, MD Anderson and the Special Olympics.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents J. Floyd and Eloise Alexander; wife Mary Lou Burke Alexander; son Thomas Jack Alexander; brother Jack Owen Alexander.
He is survived by his son Kenneth B. Alexander of Stillwater, OK and fiancée Julie and her children Adriana and Nick; granddaughter Kendra Brooks and husband Gary Brooks of Crested Butte, CO; great-granddaughter Peyton Brooks.
He was a wonderful father, grand-father and friend. He will be greatly missed by the many lives he touched.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Karman Legacy Hospice, 1311 S Western Rd, Stillwater, OK 74074.