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Loren Ray Alexander

Loren Ray Alexander
Loren Ray Alexander, age 86, of Manhattan, Kansas, died Saturday morning, January 7, 2017.

Loren was born on August 9, 1930 near Nashville, Kansas, the son of Rev. Marion Joseph and Lenora Eva Maria (Poppe) Alexander. He graduated in 1948 from Sedgwick High School, Sedgwick, Kansas and earned his BA in Music Education from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas in 1951.

Loren was deeply devoted to his family and was deeply loved and respected by all in return. He and his wife, Donna Lee (Fall) celebrated 65 years of marriage on June 22nd, 2016. In addition to Donna, Loren is survived by three daughters: Cindy Alexander (John Garrison), Roanoke, TX; Lori Borger (Bill), Chesterfield, MO; Keri Crask (Dan), La Selva Beach, CA, two brothers: Ernest Alexander (Fay), Olathe, KS and Merlin Alexander (Sharon), Oak Grove, KY; five grandchildren: Brianna Aguilar, Tom Borger, Jessi Garrison, Lauren Crask and Megan Gonzales and one great grandson, Ian Aguilar.

During the Korean War, Loren served with the US Army until his honorable discharge in 1953.

Loren earned his M.S. in Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado, and taught vocal and instrumental music for many years before pursuing his dream of teaching German. He received a M.A. and PhD in German Language and Literature from Michigan State University, and joined the faculty at Kansas State University in 1965, teaching German and World Language Education until he retired in 1995 as Emeritus Professor.

Loren’s civic and professional memberships include Manhattan Kiwanis Club, Friends of the Konza Prairie (where he was a docent), The Nature Conservancy, American Humanist Association, Little Apple Barbershop Chorus, Blue Valley Memorial United Methodist Church, American Association of Teachers of German, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Kansas World Language Association, and the National Network for Early Language Learning.

A constant learner in life, Loren continues to support education by generously willing his body to the University of Kansas Medical School, contributing to research that will benefit others.

The family will receive friends during a visitation from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 24, 2017, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home at 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas, 66502. A celebration of life will be held at the same location at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 25, 2017.

Online condolences may be left for the family at this webpage by clicking on "Send Condolences."

In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established for Blue Valley Memorial United Methodist Church, Friends of the Konza Prairie, Meadowlark Hills Good Samaritan Fund and the Manhattan Kiwanis Club (Project Eliminate).

The family extends their deepest gratitude for the compassionate care of both Homecare & Hospice and the staff at Meadowlark Hills Wroten House.

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