Obituary Details

Dannie Ray Alexander

(07/22/1935 - 08/15/2002)
Courtesy of The Lusk Herald, 08/20/2002

Dannie Ray Alexander

Funeral services for Dannie Ray Alexander, 67, were conducted Aug. 20, 2002, at Poison Spider Elementary School, west of Casper, by Pastor Jerry Allen of Paradise Valley Christian Church. Interment was at Highland Cemetery.

Dannie Alexander died peacefully Aug. 15, 2002, with his daughter at his side, at Central Wyoming Hospice Home, after a courageous five-year battle with cancer.

Dannie was born July 22, 1935, in Manville, the son of Floyd and Geraldine (Cogdill) Alexander.

He graduated as valedictorian of the class of 1953 at Manville High School, where he also excelled in basketball, boxing, baseball and other athletics. Before entering college he served two years in the armed forces.

In 1957 he graduated from Chadron State College, with a bachelor of arts degree in physical education. He taught P. E. and coached track, basketball and football at Poison Spider School from 1971-1984. In 1985 he transferred to Pineview Elementary. Before his retirement in 1993, he taught P. E. at Willard, Jefferson, Bar Nunn, Mountain View, and Powder River Schools.

In 1973 he married Marilyn McDaniel, a fellow teacher at Poison Spider. She died in 1979.

Loved and respected by students and staff members, he dedicated his life to teaching and coaching. His Poison Spider track teams won numerous titles.

A devoted grandfather, he loved the outdoors and spent much of his spare time backpacking and fishing. He especially loved the Wind River Mountains. Following retirement he spent several years traveling and camping throughout the country.

His interests included horse racing and playing the guitar and singing at reunions and gatherings of family and friends.

Survivors include his daughter Dana Alexander, and grandson Trystan both of Casper; stepson Eric Lewis of Florida and several cousins.

In addition to his wife, his parents preceded him in death.

The family would appreciate memorials to Central Wyoming Hospice Home, 319 Wilson, Casper, Wyoming 82601 or the American Cancer Society, Box 1207, Casper, Wy. 82602

Bustards Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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