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Elwood "Alex" Alexanderson

March 28, 1931 — December 31, 2023

Elwood Emil Alexanderson, a man of great integrity and unwavering dedication, peacefully passed away on December 31, 2023, at his residence in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Born on March 28, 1931, in Hammond, Indiana, Alex, as he was known to his freinds and family, was the beloved son of Edna and Emil Alexanderson. He was the cherished elder brother of Elbert Alexanderson.

In his youth, Alex showcased his musical talents as a trumpeter, playing in the high school band and a local dance band. As a young man, he enlisted in the Navy, serving with honor aboard the storied U.S.S. Missouri from 1951 to 1954. Following his military service, Alex pursued his passion for engineering, obtaining an Associate's Degree from Valparaiso Technical Institute. To continue his service to his country and fellow veterans, he took great honor and privilege in leading the Honor Guard at Post 49 serving many funerals for his fellow veterans.

Alex's professional journey led him to Sandia National Laboratories, where he spent 35 years working as an electrical engineer. His exceptional skills and commitment contributed to the defense industry in ways that will never be forgotten. Throughout his career, he was admired for his astute problem-solving abilities and his unwavering work ethic.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Alex was a man of many passions. An avid outdoorsman, he found solace and adventure in hunting and fishing. His love for archery, shooting competitions, camping, and exploring the natural world was an integral part of his life. Elwood also had a deep appreciation for history, with a particular fascination for World War II. He spent countless hours reading nonfiction books, immersing himself in the stories and lessons from that era.

Above all else, Alex held his family close to his heart. He met his beloved wife, Mary Sanchez, in Albuquerque, and together they built a life centered on love, faith, and community. In their 49 years of marriage, they raised two children, Ellen Alexanderson Wilson and Russell Alexanderson. Alex's devotion to his family extended to coaching little league baseball, supporting his son's athletic pursuits, and always being there to cheer them on.

Alex's impact and dedication extended beyond his personal connections. For over six decades, he was an active member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, faithfully serving on various committees and offering guidance to fellow congregants.

Elwood Emil Alexanderson is survived by his brother, Elbert Alexanderson, sister-in-law, Pat Alexanderson, niece Tracy Alexanderson Antul, his son, Russell Alexanderson, daughter-in-law, Pam Alexanderson, daughter, Ellen Alexanderson Wilson, son-in-law, Scott Wilson, grandchildren Taryn Wilson, Kevin Mathis, Lari Wilson, John Carlson, Trey Alexanderson, Kalin Baca, and Wes Alexanderson. Each of them holds precious memories of their time spent with Alex and will forever honor his legacy.

The family invites friends and loved ones to join them in paying their final respects to Alex. Visitation will be held at French Funerals and Cremations - Lomas Chapel on January 8, 2024, starting at 5:00 pm. A Funeral Service will be conducted at Redeemer Lutheran Church on January 9, 2024, at 9:00 am in remembrance of Alex's remarkable life. Following the service, a Graveside Service will take place at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 12:30 pm, where Alex will be laid to rest with his wife Mary.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to the USS Battleship Missouri Memorial, a cause that held deep meaning for Alex.

Elwood Emil Alexanderson touched the lives of many, leaving behind a legacy of dedication, love, and service. May his memory serve as a guiding light, reminding us all to cherish our loved ones and embrace our passions wholeheartedly.

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Monday, January 8, 2024

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Tuesday, January 9, 2024

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