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Jeffrey K. Alexander

Posted By DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On December 30, 2021 @ 2:59 pm In Obituaries | 29 Comments

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Jeffrey K. Alexander, 77, of Lancaster, was raised up on eagle’s wings at home on the morning of December 28, 2021. He was born on the 4th of July, 1944 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania to the late Vincent K. and Dorothy (Llewellyn) Alexander.

Jeff was a proud graduate of J.P. McCaskey High School, class of 1962. He enjoyed high school class reunions and maintained close friendships with numerous classmates. He graduated with a BS in Education from the Millersville State College in 1968.

He began his professional career at the Manheim Manufacturing and Belting Company, where he was Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He continued his career in similar roles with Burnham Corporation, and ultimately retired from Peerless Industries. Throughout his professional career, Jeff served on various committees and boards, including President of the Sales and Marketing Executives in Lancaster, and Chairman on the Board of the Hydronics Institute Division of the Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association. He was the recipient of multiple awards for his outstanding service to the heating, cooling and refrigeration industry.

Jeff’s faith was a significant part of his life. He was a dedicated lifetime member of the First Presbyterian Church in Lancaster. There he served as an Elder, Deacon and Trustee. Jeff also served for 14 years as President of the Octorara Covenanter Presbyterian Foundation.

Jeff was intensely focused on fishing and boating. He developed these keen interests as a child and shared them throughout his life with those he loved. When given the opportunity, he would hop on his boat, the “Boilermaker” and explore the waters of South Jersey.

Jeff loved exploring the outdoors and hunting in the mountains and marshes of PA. He was a very active member of the “Buck Rub” deer camp in Potter County, PA. There he fly fished, hunted and enjoyed pig roasts with his best buddies. He took numerous trips out West to hunt big game.

Although Jeff was diagnosed 9 years ago with Multiple Myeloma, he didn’t let it define him. He still found great pleasure in the simpler things in life. He was an avid reader and a huge Penn State fan… WE ARE! Jeff enjoyed observing and feeding hummingbirds at his Happy Valley mountain home. He loved ice cream, seafood, pasta and corn on the cob. He enjoyed hiking and cooking over a campfire. Most of all, he fiercely loved his family and was especially proud of his 2 grandchildren.

Jeff is survived by his wife and true love Gail (Smith) Alexander, with whom he was blessed to have recently celebrated 53 years of marriage. Jeff is also survived by 2 daughters, Lorin (Rick) Spangler, Lancaster and Karen Alexander, Timonium, MD, as well as grandchildren Alexander and Bailey Spangler. In addition to his parents, Jeff was predeceased by his brother, Bill.

Our family would like to extend deepest appreciation to Dr. Latif and his staff of Lititz Hematology and Oncology as well as Dr. Beer and his Orange Team staff, Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute. We are also extremely appreciative for the excellent care provided by the Indigo Team at Hospice & Community Care and Home Instead Senior Care.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 11:00 AM at First Presbyterian Church, 140 E Orange St, Lancaster, PA 17602.  A visitation will be held from 10:00 AM until the time of the service.  To view the service virtually, please click the following link:  https://my.gather.app/remember/jeffrey-alexander-2022 Interment will be private at the convenience of the family. 

If you’d like to honor Jeff’s legacy, contributions may be made to: Hospice and Community Care, 685 Good Drive, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA  17604-412 or to Lancaster County Conservancy Center, 117 S West End Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603.

Condolences for the family of “Jeffrey K. Alexander”

Condolence from Kelly Phipps on January 6th, 2022 8:27 pm

Gail, Karen, Lorin, and family:
You’ve been on my mind all week. I’m so sorry for your loss. You did a fantastic job loving and caring for Jeff! I will always remember our visits and your sweet family.

Condolence from Gail Alexander on January 8th, 2022 7:26 pm

Dear Kelly,
Thank you so very much for your exceptional care and compassion for Jeff. He looked forward to your visit each week, without exception.
Much Love,

Condolence from Karen Alexander on January 12th, 2022 8:50 pm

Thank you so much ,Kelly.
He loved you!!
We appreciate all you did for him.

Thank you.


Condolence from Lary McCowan on January 9th, 2022 7:19 am

Lary and I offer our condolences at this time of your loss…
May God wrap His loving arms around you all..
Thank you Gail and Lorin for calling us to let us know of Jeff’s passing…so kind of you to do this
God bless
Lary and Cheryl

Condolence from Ted Fitzgerald on January 9th, 2022 10:22 am

I was saddened to read of Jeff’s passing. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Eric & Jackie Sandblade on January 9th, 2022 11:36 am

Gail & family
We were so happy to know your precious Jeff. What a delightful person he was! We loved
his laugh and outgoing personality. How wonderful that he enjoyed life so much.
We send you all our love, good thoughts, sympathy, and prayers.
So happy we had the opportunity to be his neighbor.
Jackie & Eric Sandblade

Condolence from Lori Moore on January 10th, 2022 9:13 am

Dear Lorin and family, what a beautiful life your father lived, seems there wasn’t much time wasted and instead lead a full and adventurous life. He sure was someone to look up to with pride. We are so sorry for this loss to your family. Keeping you all in our prayers for comfort and healing.

Condolence from Dave & Lois Yates on January 10th, 2022 9:46 am

So sorry to see this sad news. Got to know Jeff on ISH trip to Germany and thoroughly enjoyed his company. Lois and I extend our sympathies and prayers. May the peace of the Lord be with you all.

Condolence from Doug Darmstaetter on January 10th, 2022 9:50 am


I was sorry to learn of Jeff’s passing. I got to know him through Trustees and I think of him as a gentleman; as a man of solid values, strong faith, and good humor; a man who could be counted on for solid advice. He is missed.

Condolence from Dennis & Ellie on January 10th, 2022 10:01 am

Our love and prayers to all that were lucky enough to have been touched by him. He is now in your heart forever!

Condolence from Judy Hyatt on January 10th, 2022 10:07 am

Gail ,Loren ,and Karen, so sorry for your loss.We have such fond memories of all the good times we spent with you all. We will see you in May. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Judy

Condolence from Barry Ohs on January 10th, 2022 10:35 am

I had the pleasure of working with Jeff for many years when he worked for Peerless he was a pleasure to work with and was always a stand up guy. I am very sorry for your loss or should I say our loss.

Condolence from Virginia Fenner on January 10th, 2022 1:59 pm

Hi Lorin,

I’m so sorry to read about your dad’s passing. John and I are sending feelings of peace and strength to you, your mom and your sister as you all learn to navigate in your changed worlds.

With peace,

Virginia and John Fenner

Condolence from Sharon & Selig Solomon on January 10th, 2022 2:31 pm

With deepest sympathy to the Alexander family. May the beautiful memories shared with Jeff help sustain you now and forever. Sincere condolences especially to Karen.

Condolence from Karen L Alexander on January 12th, 2022 8:52 pm

Thank you so much, Sharon and Selig.

Your words mean so very much to us.

Much love to you both.


Condolence from Danny Baker and Mike Russin on January 10th, 2022 2:54 pm

Dear Gail, Lorin, Karen and family,
So sorry to hear of Jeff’s passing. He was a wonderful, kind man. I have so many memories of him from growing up. I feel lucky to have seen him one last time a couple of years ago. Sincere condolences.

Condolence from Bill and Betsey Satterfield on January 10th, 2022 8:10 pm

What a wonderful life well lived. Thoughts and prayers to all.

Condolence from Melanie J Fahey on January 10th, 2022 8:10 pm

Dearest Karen,

Thinking of you and your beautiful family at such a sad and difficult time.. Sending you love and prayers and strength.

God Bless


Condolence from Karen L Alexander on January 12th, 2022 8:53 pm

Thank you so much,Mel.
I know you understand the difficulty of losing your father.
Words cannot describe.

Thank you for your message.


Condolence from Barry Reinhart on January 10th, 2022 8:14 pm

I would like to offer my sympathy to Jeff’s family. We graduated the same year at J.P. McCaskey and I enjoyed a trip to see Penn State football and stayed at your cabin several years ago. Prayers to you and your family.

Condolence from Roxane and Cory miller on January 10th, 2022 9:51 pm

Dearest Lorin and family, we are so sadden by your loss! Our prayers and love are with you all.

Condolence from Lori Hemphill on January 10th, 2022 10:28 pm

Dear Gail, Karen and Lorin and family, I am saddened to read this and sending heartfelt condolences to all of you.. what a blessed life he had that you were all his greatest loves…hugs

Condolence from Gary Sirois on January 11th, 2022 11:35 am

I had worked with Jeff for many years at Peerless and he had a real passion for his work. He was a great guy to work with and have on your team. Prayers go out to his family.

Condolence from Mark &Lori Wensel on January 11th, 2022 12:37 pm

Dear Gail, Lori, and Karen, I had the pleasure of working with Jeff at Peerless and also shared many trips to “Camp Buck Rub” in Potter Co. Seems like Jeff and I shared similar work ethic and philosophy, maybe why we enjoyed so many memorable times together. I was saddened to get the call of Jeff’s passing.. There is a huge void left by his passing that will be hard to replace.. I’m sure as knowing Jeff, he already with Coot telling jokes and reminiscing old hunting and fishing stories.. May he rest in Peace and always be with us as a guiding light.

Condolence from Bob and Kathy Hallworth on January 12th, 2022 11:29 pm

Dear Gail, Lori, and Karen, Kathy and I are so sad on hearing about Jeff’s passing. I have many fond and happy memories of our times together. I’m sure he had a life full fun times and fulfillment and I can tell he meant a lot to his family, friends, and coworkers. He will continue to live fondly in my memory.

Condolence from Jan and Mark Stone on January 13th, 2022 2:28 pm

Dear Alexander Family,
So sad to hear the news of Jeff passing. I worked with Jeff for several years at Peerless and always appreciated his gentle and kind manner. It was a pleasure knowing and working with him. Sounds like he enjoyed a very busy and happy life. May you all find peace in the days ahead.

Condolence from Dorothy M Gschwend on February 2nd, 2022 6:03 pm

My sympathy goes out to you and your family upon reading of Jeff’s death last month after a long illness.
It is certainly a comfort for his family and friends to know he was well cared for until the end. May you find strength in that and in all your memories of your long life together.

Condolence from Phil Metzler on April 30th, 2022 8:21 am

Jeff certainly will be missed by all of us Romarins. My friend Millie and I send our condolences. I can relate to his battle with Multiple Myaloma as I am battling Lymphoma and I have a daughter in law dealing with Multiple Myoloma.

Condolence from Phil Metzler on April 30th, 2022 8:57 am

Dear Gail
Condolences from a fellow Romarin as well as my friend Millie.

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