It is with great sorrow and grief that we must report the passing of Daniel “Danny” Alexander, 71, of Troy, MO. Danny passed away on January 6, 2022 at Mercy Hospital in Troy, MO after fighting a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born on September 18, 1950 in Hannibal, MO to Robert O. and Alice Marie (Schmidt) Alexander. Danny attended the local schools along with his many siblings and graduated from Mark Twain High School. He entered the U.S. Navy in 1970 and was honorably discharged in 1972. During his time in the military, he served in Vietnam and earned the National Defense Service Medal with a bronze star. After he returned home from the service, he soon found his Princess and hounded her to marry him after 37 days of courtship. Danny and Terry (Mennemeyer) were united in marriage on November 23, 1973 at the First Christian Church in Troy, MO. (They said it would never last- but a Prince always knows his Princess.) To this union were born three children: Heather, Angie and Nathan. Danny and Terry bounced around as they started their family but ultimately settled in Troy to raise their family. To that end, Danny was an excellent husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He always ensured those around him, never went without anything they needed. Danny was employed by Cuivre River Electric from 1979-2016 , starting off as a lineman and moving up to Operations Supervisor when he retired. Danny was respected by his employees and co-workers and they enjoyed working with him. But unlike in the movies, even a Princess has to earn her keep, so Danny and Terry opened Landmark Restaurant with co–owners Ron and Shirley Mennemeyer in 2001. They sold the restaurant in 2018 after faithfully serving Lincoln County delicious food for over 18 years. (Danny often joked that the best way to make money in the restaurant business was to find someone else to buy it.) During their ownership, several of their children and grandchildren found themselves contributing to the family business. Danny and Terry made many life-long friends from the customers that came daily or whenever they were craving Grandma Shirley’s fried chicken. In Danny’s spare time ( ha! ), he enjoyed motorcycle riding with his son and brothers, and they made several trips out West to experience more of this beautiful country. He also enjoyed fishing (especially in Florida), woodworking and restoring old cars. Danny and Terry loved to travel to the beach with family and tried to get away as often as they could. When they couldn’t get to the beach, Danny substituted by having family and friends over to their house to swim and BBQ. Danny took great pride in watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren swim and play. One of the most important traditions that Danny and Terry inspired were Sunday family dinners at their house. Danny was known to tell people that if you left his house hungry- that was your own damn fault.
Danny’s smile, wit and humor will be sorely missed. But his impact on those who knew and loved him will live on forever through his Princess and his children. Of all his accomplishments, Danny was most proud of his family.
Danny is survived by his beautiful wife, Terry Alexander of Troy; three beloved children: Heather (Joe) Stevenson of Troy, Angie (Chris) Keadle of Foristell, Nathan (Ashley) Alexander of Troy, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ronnie and Shirley Mennemeyer of Troy, father-in-law, Ken Kitson of Granite City, Ill; grandchildren; Mariah Ramirez, Whitney (Jeremy) Alexander, Ashton (Brandon) Gladney, Caiden Gladney, Hannah Alexander, Maddie Alexander, Ava Snipes, Grace Snipes, Calvin Stevenson, Samantha Stevenson, Erin Stevenson, JC Keadle, Zane Keadle, Jaden Keadle; great-grandchildren, Daniel Podany, Lydia Portell and one-on-the way. Additionally his siblings, Barbara Ashley, Steven (Janet) Alexander, David (Terry) Alexander, Mark (Christine) Alexander, Joe (Bonnie) Alexander, John (Neena) Alexander, Susan (Kevin) Fohey; sister-in-law, Renee (Mike) Martin, Karen Elfrank and Kim Kitson, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents , sister, Ellie Dorsey and his brother-in-law, Captain Larry.
In lieu of flowers, the Family would graciously request a donation to Siteman Cancer Center in Danny’s honor.
Visitation is scheduled for Tuesday, January 11, 2022, from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., at the McCoy-Blossom Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1304 Boone Street, Troy, MO, 63379, 636-528-8244.
Funeral - also on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 6:00 p.m., at the McCoy-Blossom Funeral Homes & Crematory in Troy, MO. Mr. Troy Walker to officiate. Pallbearers will be, Nathan Alexander, John Alexander, David Alexander, Joe Alexander, Steve Alexander, Mike Martin, Joe Stevenson, Chris Keadle and Briggs Cragen.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Siteman Cancer Center c/o McCoy-Blossom Funeral Homes & Crematory.
Friends and family are invited to visit our website at mccoyblossomfh.com to sign the on-line guest register.