Richard Douglas Ale-ander, 54, of Lynn, Mass. went on to be with his Lord and Savior Saturday, March 2, 2013.
He was born in Redwood Falls to Gordon David and the late Barbara Nell (Payne) Alexander. He was the loving husband of Cherrie (Wrench) Alexander, whom he married in Seattle, Wash. January 31, 1988 and the loving father of their six children; Rebekah (Potenza), Hannah, Rachel, Josiah, Samuel and Benjamin.
Richard graduated from Wabasso High School in 1977; received his Bachelor of Science in Christian Ministry, Summa Cum Laude, from Crown College, St. Bonifacius in 1997 and received his Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Hamilton, Mass. in 2004.
He worked at Marsh & McLennan Companies in Seattle from November 1988 to March 1994; North Star Mutual Insurance in Cottonwood from May 1994 to October 1998 and Salem Hospital in Salem, Mass. from April 1999 to July 2012.
Richard was an active ministry leader at Shiloh Fellowship in Mountlake Terrace, Wash.; Green Lake Presbyterian Church in Seattle, Wash.; Redwood Falls Assembly of God in Redwood Falls where he served as pastoral assistant and since October 1998 an active member of West Congregational Church in Peabody, Mass., serving on the Board of Deacons, in music ministry and as a Sunday School teacher and Vacation Bible School teacher. On February 15, 2013 he accomplished his longtime goal of receiving his ministerial license with the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference.
Richard’s first and foremost interest was knowing Jesus and making Him known. He participated in street preaching and ministry. He had a voracious hunger for knowledge in just about everything. He loved Biblical studies, playing and listening to music, reading classic literature, watching old movies, studying history, gardening, politics and sports.
In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by his father, Gordon Alexander; stepmother, Ardis; brother Robert Alexander and his wife Sonya; sister, Rita Alexander and niece and nephews, Jennifer Heck, Jason Degenhart, Daniel Alexander and Jonathan Alexander.
A Memorial service was held Saturday, March 9, 2013 at West Congregational Church, 27 Johnson Street, Peabody. Gifts can be directed to the Alexander Family Memorial Fund, Care of West Congregational Church, 27 Johnson Street, Peabody, MA, 01960.